Alternate 3:2 resolutions

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  1. Theartiszan

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    Does anyone know of a way to setup other 3:2 resolutions on this? I tried methods from the previous gen and that hasn't worked.
     
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    Settings, Display, (bottom of list) Advanced Display Settings
     
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    None of the options that are shown there are 3:2 resolutions for me though.
     
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    Paul Thurrot has some ideas on his website. And they will likely show up in one of his books.
     
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    It does strike me as odd that none of the other Display Resolutions in the stock build are 3:2. It makes me wonder just what would happen if... I don't think I want to know. :)
     
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    Here are aspect ratios I've computed from the possible resolutions listed in Settings:

    3000 : 2000 = 3 : 2
    2560 : 1920 = 3 : 2.3
    2560 : 1600 = 3 : 1.9
    2048 : 1536 = 3 : 2.3
    2048 : 1152 = 3 : 1.7
    1920 : 1440 = 3 : 2.3
    1920 : 1200 = 3 : 1.9
    1920 : 1080 = 3 : 1.7
    1856 : 1392 = 3 : 2.3
    1792 : 1344 = 3 : 2.3
    1680 : 1050 = 3 : 1.9
    1600 : 1200 = 3 : 2.3
    1600 : 900 = 3 : 1.7
    1440 : 900 = 3 : 1.9
    1400 : 1050 = 3 : 2.3
    1366 : 768 = 3 : 1.7
    1360 : 768 = 3 : 1.7
    1280 : 1024 = 3 : 2.4
    1280 : 960 = 3 : 2.3
    1280 : 800 = 3 : 1.9
    1280 : 768 = 3 : 1.8
    1280 : 720 = 3 : 1.7
    1280 : 600 = 3 : 1.4
    1152 : 864 = 3 : 2.3
    1024 : 768 = 3 : 2.3
    800 : 600 = 3 : 2.3
     
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    Folks, you can try the regkey file I put together to add more 3:2 ratios for the SP4. It ought to work for the SurfaceBook too since they both use the same Intel Skylake drivers but I haven't tested it on the SB just yet:

    Surface Pro 4 - high-dpi multi-monitor optimization regkey - danchar - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    Back up your registry, apply the .reg file, then reboot and let me know how it goes. I'll see about adding a few additional resolutions to the regkey when I get a chance so check my site for updates.
     
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    What resolutions will maintain the 3:2 format?
     
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    The Intel drivers and the LCD panel are capable of syncing to a ton of custom resolutions that can be any aspect ratio you wish. The problem is that you have to mess with installing the intel.com driver which potentially conflicts with the NVIDIA driver. Also I find the Intel control panel UI a little tedious to add and test each resolution. I'm hoping my regkey adds value to the community by saving folks a few minutes. Below are some of the resolutions I added for SP3/SP4/S3. I have not tested on the SB yet so eager to hear how it works for others.

    Custom 3:2 resolutions added so far:
    • 1920x1280
    • 1800x1200
    • 1728x1152
    • 1530x1020 (Intel driver may round to 1528x1020 which isn't exactly 3:2 ratio)
    • 1440x960
    • 1350x900 (Intel driver may round to 1352x900 which isn't exactly 3:2 ratio)
    • 1278x852 (Intel driver may round to 1280x852 which isn't exactly 3:2 ratio)
    • 1200x800
    • 1152x768
    • 1080x720 (can't run some modern apps on Surface screen)
    • 1020x680 (can't run modern apps on Surface screen, Intel driver may round to 1024x680 which isn't exactly 3:2 ratio)
    • 960x640 (can't run modern apps on Surface screen)

    I'll see about borrowing a device and trying some other resolutions like 2560x1706 etc.
     
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    So what's the other magic part of the equation?

    And what about
    2400x1600
    2304x1536
    2160x1440
    2040x1360

    I know I'm missing some key piece of data.
     
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    Just posted an updated regkey that has these resolutions:
    • 2400x1600
    • 2304x1536
    • 2160x1440
    • 2056x1368
    • 2040x1360
    • 1920x1280
    • 1800x1200
    • 1728x1152
    • 1536x1024
    • 1440x960
    • 1200x800
    • 1152x768
    • 1080x720
    Let me know how this works on Surface Book. I only have an SP4 to try out right now so certain resolutions like 1500x1000 just won't sync for me. But I expect most of these will sync on both systems:
    Surface Pro 4 - high-dpi multi-monitor optimization regkey - danchar - Site Home - MSDN Blogs


    There is no magic here. Just run the Intel control panel and add the custom resolutions you want. Some resolutions won't sync and you'll either get an error back from the control panel tool, an error back when you try to switch resolution later, or the tool will choose a slightly different resolution that isn't quite 3:2 aspect ratio and will have a couple pixels of black bars aka letterboxing. This could be a side effect of the limited programmability of the timing controllers built into these panels.
     
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    I'm guessing that running this one won't be a problem if you had already run the other one.
     
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