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Force native resolution to Non-PnP monitor in Windows

Force native resolution to Non-PnP monitor in Windows

I've got a 22-inch, 1680 x 1050 monitor. Brand X2gen, model MW22U. Connected by DVI cable to my NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card.

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Guest [Entry]

I switched from using a DVI cable to a VGA cable, and then the monitor was detected and its native 1680 x 1050 resolution was available and automatically selected.
Guest [Entry]

"I'm going to answer this even though it's over three years after the original question was asked.

I ran into this problem recently, and I came across what I believe is a pretty ideal solution. The instructions in the link are pretty clear, but I'm going to post an edited list because there were a few missing steps and some minor inaccuracies:

Download Phoenix.zip and extract it to a working folder.
Run it and click the ""Extract Registry EDID"" toolbar button.
A list of monitors should appear.
Try to find the monitor that matches the monitor that is giving you problems.
Review the settings, and if they don't match the actual capabilities of the monitor, perform steps 6-9 (otherwise, skip to step 10).
Click the pencil toolbar button for edit mode.
Change the EDID settings to reflect you display's true capabilities.
Pay special attention to the Standard Timings tab.
Detailed Timing blocks 2-4 provide some very interesting additional options.
Save the EDID to a .DAT file in your working folder.
Download moninfo.exe and install it.
Open the saved .DAT with MonInfo and make sure it doesn't complain about it.
If it does post here for help.
If MonInfo reads in and displays the settings the way you configured them in Phoenix then...
Select ""Create INF..."" from the file menu and save it to your working folder.
Feel free to edit the strings in the INF to your liking. [Note: I didn't understand this step and ended up just ignoring it, but I'm leaving it in just in case it helps someone.]
Open Start, type ""devmgmt.msc"", and press Enter.
Select the monitor you want to change (in my case, it was ""Generic Non-PNP Monitor"").
Right click and select Update Driver Software.
Click ""Browse my computer for driver software"".
Click ""Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Click Have Disk...
Browse to the INF file in your working folder.
Click next to override with your new INF.
Restart your computer and enjoy your new resolution!"
Guest [Entry]

You may need to install the drivers for the monitor itself, or re-install them. Monitor drivers have never really been an issue in the past when using SVGA connections, and general pnp drive was good enough, but with DVI monitors its often necessary to install the actually driver to get it to go to the resolution you want. I experience the same issue with a Dell 24 inch DVI monitor, it limited my resolution until I installed the dell drivers for the monitor.
Guest [Entry]

If it used to work, nothing has changed, and it no longer works, it suggests to me that the monitor has developed a fault; if it is under warranty, I'd get it checked out (so no to void the warranty)
Guest [Entry]

"DriverGuide.com used to be pretty good for digging up drivers but you now have to register to get in (you could previously use ""drivers / all"" as the login).

They have an X2Gen section but they've turned that page off at the moment. It comes up as the second link on a Google search, so I think it's only temporarily down."