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PC FREAK 
30/3/07 11:25:45 PM
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With todays flood of wide screens, older games and indeed some new games are released without wide screen support. For those who dont know alot about widescreen gaming theres abit of information available here:
http://www.techwrighter.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=59&Itemid=27&am

For those affected there are a few tools around that can help us out:

Wide Screen Gaming Forum has a list of games and patches, ini tweaks or exe patcher's:
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/index.php/Master_Games_List_-_A

Wide Screen Gamer has a guide on how to set up your video card for wide screen gaming. It also goes into how to center the image on the screen, so that there is no stretching of the image(A well worth read IMO):
http://www.widescreengamer.com/articles/widescreen_gaming_how_to_set_up_your_video_card.html

UniWS (Universal Widescreen Patcher) is used to patch games that go way beyond ini and registry hacks patching dlls and exe's:
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/downloads/uniws.zip

Theres also a significant amount of information on wide screen gaming and patches here:
http://forum.tigerdave.com/viewtopic.php?t=85&sid=ee0179241568e7f3d33428bf0b9471db

For those out there who dont know how Pillarbox there view heres how: (Pillar boxing is simply playing with blackbars around the edge of the screen)

On Nvidia drivers:
Using Classic View

* First select 'nView Display Settings' and click on the 'Device Settings' button. Deselect "Treat digital Display as HDTV"

* Next, select 'Screen Resolutions and Refresh Rates' and click on the 'Advanced Timing' button.

* You'll find the Flat Panel Scaling options in the third dropdown box, and can alter them as you wish.


Using Nvidia Control Panel

* Choose 'Display'

* Choose 'Manage Custom Timings' and then deselect "Treat as HDTV"

* Click the Up button to go back to the previous screen, and then select the "Change Flat Panel Scaling" option which should now appear.

* Make the changes you want.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/kriscool/672px-Fixed_aspect_nv.jpg

For ATI Card Users see here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/kriscool/600px-Fixed_aspect_ati.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/kriscool/atijd1.jpg



Edited by PC FREAK: 31/5/2007 05:30:29 PM


Edited by PC FREAK: 31/5/2007 05:30:51 PM

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sicmic 
30/3/07 11:31:48 PM
Guru

Great find. With more and more ppl getting widescreen LCS's, esp with the recent price drops on 22" screens, I think a lot of ppl will find this helpful.

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Sherman 
30/3/07 11:45:36 PM
Learner

Cheers!

I'm going to be getting a WS monitor soon and I was wondering what to do about this. Helps out a lot!

Edit: Very, very late. I couldn't stand my mistakes any longer.




Edited by Sherman: 2/6/2007 12:50:33 PM

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sicmic 
30/3/07 11:54:15 PM
Guru

Ok, I just checked out the mod to make F.E.A.R. widescreen and it works a treat. It always really bugged me that F.E.A.R never had widescreen resolutions. Surprisingly, I tried it at 1680x1050 first which ran perfectly, then ran it at 1920x1200 (native res of my screen) which also ran perfectly.

Farrkin Gem!

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osama_bin_athlon 
31/3/07 12:33:07 PM
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sticky!

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PC FREAK 
31/3/07 2:30:44 PM
Guru

heh Cheers guys :)

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datafast69 
31/3/07 2:43:18 PM
Champion

Quote by osama_bin_athlon
sticky!

+1

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The-Chad009. 
31/3/07 2:50:47 PM
Banned

I dont like wide screens, mainly because some of the older games dont support it, eg: NFS U2. I cant stand a screen being stretched in gaming...

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cheozuka 
31/3/07 3:17:31 PM
Champion

hehehe
NEED for SPeed underground 2 can be patched to run beutifully in WS.
I have done it

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PC FREAK 
31/3/07 3:41:51 PM
Guru

Quote by The-Chad009.
I dont like wide screens, mainly because some of the older games dont support it, eg: NFS U2. I cant stand a screen being stretched in gaming...



hence why i made teh thread because older games can be patched to work well in WS :P

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cheozuka 
31/3/07 6:51:06 PM
Champion

Widescreen gaming forum is another good source, unless that was the source you got it from?
Either way thanks it will be useful to us bastards suffering ultra stretched displays!

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PC FREAK 
20/5/07 11:01:01 PM
Guru

#Updated#

Restored and updated the thread guys hope it helps :)

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THE_Sears 
22/5/07 1:31:45 PM
Learner

PC Freak you're a legend. Cheers for the links!

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PC FREAK 
31/5/07 5:32:27 PM
Guru

Added information on how to Pillarbox games :)

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Hello :)

Pedsy 
31/5/07 6:54:29 PM
Overlord

Why the hell isn't this a sticky yet!?

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iamthemaxx 
1/6/07 6:14:26 PM
Mod
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Quote by Pedsy
Why the hell isn't this a sticky yet!?



What are you talking about?

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Pedsy 
1/6/07 6:52:14 PM
Overlord

HUZZAH!

Nice one :) I'll be revisiting this thread after my big upgrade in about three weeks time!

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chrisbrownie 
4/6/07 8:48:35 PM
Guru

Interesting one Ice, will be sure to take into account....







....when I get a WS panel

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PC FREAK 
14/6/07 7:47:58 PM
Guru

Cheers mods for the sticky!

@brownie
no probs mate :)


Edited by PC FREAK: 14/6/2007 7:49:12 PM

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confined 
24/6/07 2:58:47 PM
Titan

Awesome. Will have to read through this sometime. :)

Thanks for all the info PC FREAK!

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