09-29-2009 05:48 PM - edited 09-29-2009 05:50 PM
This is the first place I ask for help after searching solutions on Google without success.
System is 14" T61p, WinXP, graphic card is FX570M, I sometimes play quite old games, which run in low resolution modes like 800*600 or even 640*480(well, I am an old person...). it worked fine before I updated the latest driver (version 188.8.131.5274) few days ago, then I got several problems.
When I run game StarCraft, the game screen will appear only on upper left corner, like a quarter of the whole screen, and the cursor moves in that range as well, the rest of the screen is black. I looked up the Blizzard tech forum, it says select 640*480 display mode. I followed the steps: display properties -> advaced -> adapter -> list all modes -> select 640*480, then the entire screen goes black for few second and back to 1400*1050 like nothing happened.
Another game Diablo2 failed to launch due to DirectDraw error.
I am not dressing the problem with particular games, but they all point to the display issue. As everything worked fine before I update FX570M driver. It seems new driver no longer support 640 by 480 mode(any point from Nvidia?). I wonder someone can help me before I roll back the driver.
09-29-2009 06:09 PM
Trying to diagnose drivers can become a black hole waste of time.
An alternative if you haven't already tried is using a legacy virtual machine then setting the VM into full screen.
I play StarCraft and Rainbow6 on a Windows98 VM and avoid compability issues with hardware regardless of the system whether it is a desktop or notebook
09-29-2009 07:07 PM
All of my problems went away with the FX570M driver I got off Windows Update on 9/24.
It gave me driver version 184.108.40.20694. All my directX problems went away.
09-30-2009 02:09 PM
win 7... OK, maybe not everyone can catch Microsoft that quick. Anyway, I finally figured out a way to solve this problem:
go to Nvidia control panel -> manage costom resolutions -> creat a new resolution -> define pixels dimentions(e.g. 640x480) -> test it -> save profile. Now enjoy old games