Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Netbook Screen Resolution

First, let me preface this by saying that looking at *any* LCD monitor at a resolution other than its native resolution means that you'll feel like you've had a little too much bourbon for breakfast, so I don't recommend you do it.  Neither of those, actually.

Liliputing recently made mention of a new Intel GMA 950 driver for the graphics chip in the majority of Netbooks to "increase" their screen resolution from the native 1024*600 to 1182*864.  This is a software increase, aka "let's resize all of the pixels and jam all this information into a smaller box" which will result in distorted text and wonky lines/borders for everything on the screen.

It won't look great, but it *will* allow you to use those applications that require a higher screen resolution.  If you're going to use it, I'd suggest changing the screen res for that particular application and then getting it over and done with and changed back before your eyes start to pop out of your head.

Liliputing also published a Registry hack to enable downscaling, adding both 1024*768 and 1152*864 resolutions for you to use.  I recommend the same as for the updated driver.

Thanks to Mark Ritchie for bringing this to my attention.


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