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I have a no-name graphic card that Windows can't recognize, so it just shows standard VGA in the device manager list.

Now it just shows 800x600 and 1024x768, but I want to force that to other resolutions; I'm sure it supports because I checked in Linux!

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You need to install an appropriate driver. To do so you need to determine if the GPU chipset is Intel, Nvidia, ATI/AMD (or on the off-chance other). Since you mentioned Linux, if you have a LiveCD handy, run lsmod | grep "^video " and report back with the driver that the linux distro selected. You could also use lspci | grep VGA to get the specific chipset. – justbrowsing Aug 14 '13 at 10:21
thnx for your reply, my friend create this card and it doesn't have any brand like you say, intel or ati or ..., my question is how we can force to other resolution that's all ?! – Sam Aug 14 '13 at 10:25

This is untried/untested, do so at your own risk!

Click on Start, then Run
Type in regedit in the Open box, then hit [Enter]
Expand down to HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\System\CurrentControlSet\Contr ol\VIDEO{Hexadecimal number for your primary video card}\0000
Note: Under VIDEO will be one or more registry keys that have a long hexadecimal number; this is the Hexidecimal number assigned to
a specific physical or logical video card. There may be more than one
if video cards have been changed or a major driver update has been
performed. The key that has the current setting should be the one that needs to be modified.
Double-click DefautlSettings.XResolution, change the Base from Hexadecimal to Decimal notation, and set the X axis.
Double-click DefautlSettings.YResolution, change the Base from Hexadecimal to Decimal notation, and set the Y axis.

Note: If settings did not take effect, modify a different video card in the registry
Note: If monitor ceases to function upon Windows coming up, reboot and go to Safe Mode. Pull up the registry and change the settings that were last modified back to the way it was or change the resolution to a safe resolution such as 640x480.


There are also tools which may help, like PowerStrip

Details on how to use it

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thnx dave, I checked that before, but it won't work :( – Sam Aug 14 '13 at 11:14
@Mike Did you try both things? – Dave Aug 14 '13 at 11:18
yeah , before your reply I checked the registry method and after that PowerStrip, in PowerStrip it just show 1024x768 too, any idea?? – Sam Aug 14 '13 at 11:24
@Mike Try this, I didn't read it all but it may help… – Dave Aug 14 '13 at 11:35
Thanks Dave, but I don't know why it just show the 1024x768 and the other options are disable :( – Sam Aug 14 '13 at 12:08

have a look and download 'million drivers' cd.

in device manager right click and update drivers - pointing it to the cd. it might take a few minutes but it should then detect the card.

once its installed the drivers. you should see its true name and go to the manufacturers website to get the latest drivers for the card.

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What is that CD and where can it be obtained? – Oliver Salzburg Dec 30 '14 at 10:46
  1. Start Regedit

Click the Start Button, Click Run Type Regedit Click Ok

  1. Go to the right key

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VIDEO{####-####-####}\0000

  1. Modify Registry

Double click on DefaultSettings.XResolution Check Decimal Enter the value you want Click Ok Double click on DefaultSettings.YResolution Check Decimal Enter the value you want Click Ok

  1. Apply modifications

Close all windows Restart Windows

  1. If you have problems

If the new resolution you've set isn't support or you have any other problems, restart windows and repetively press F8 right after the BIOS is loaded. It will show you a debug menu. Select VGA mode option.

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