solve/fix that 1440×900 issue with 19″ LCD monitor

Aug 10

It’s been ages that I’ve been contemplating to acquire an external monitor for my laptop/s. So finally I did today. I bought a refurbished 19″ LCD Samsung SyncMaster 920NW for 105$. The colors are still vibrant, it seems fresh. But one problem – texts squashed, circle looks ellipses. Its distorted.

Problem, sounds easy… wrong resolution. Just a right click, properties, etc etc etc… Presto.

Surprise! Your monitor prompts you:   “Not optimum mode. Recommended 1440×900 60hz”

Again, sounds easy. Go back to your desktop properties – then select 1440×900 as it is the optimized resolution for your wide 19″ monitor. Lucky you if you have that resolution. Me? I DON’T.

I tried downloading Samsung’s driver. – NO LUCK.
Updated XP Driver. – SAME, NO LUCK.

Lots of lost souls in google. Seems nobody hasnt solve or fixed it yet.

Well, not really. I thought it was suppose to be fixed if you update your display driver.
(Im using HP 520 laptop so mine’s onboard and its intel. T’was discussed here:

It didnt help. you wont get that 1440×900 on the list.

Even if you pick those other updated intel driver. (keep this noted, youll find this useful – later on this post)

More google – and thank you Lord one smart man who encountered this issue way back 2007 FOUND AND FIX THE PROBLEM. Well for most of us though.

Ill quote his solution and mark red and green those key points you need to change. (on most case, you just need to edit 2 lines – might not be the same with others.):

After some research it appeared that the latest driver from Intel was not configured to support the resolution of 1440×900, even though after experimenting with settings within Windows display properties and actually getting it set to 1440×900 on one occasion. A quick Google also revealed the maximum resolution supported was 1680×1050. I was baffled as to why a graphics controller and its driver that allows a resolution as high as 1680×1050 would not allow me to set a resolution at the lower 1440×900.

It turns out that the driver is to blame. It seems Intel do not configure their driver to natively allow a resolution of 1440×900 (as well as other resolutions between 800×600 and the maximum supported resolution of 1680×1050). It seems this has also been a problem with other chipsets that Intel manufactures (from their 915 series upwards).

An inspection of the zip version of the driver (Intel provide 2 drivers, one in the form of a self extracting .exe and the other is a .zip file containing all the driver files) for my graphics controller revealed that a file within the driver- igxp32.inf (a setup information file) would allow me to specify extra resolutions that could be used by the computer after the driver was installed. Opening this file in notepad, one section immediately caught my attention:


Within this section of igxp32.inf it appeared I could enable up to 5 extra resolutions for use within Windows display properties. The next line of the file has been commented by Intel:

HKR,, TotalDTDCount, %REG_DWORD%, 0 ; This shows number of DTDs to be used. ; 0–>Disable the feature.

Well I wanted to enable all the resolutions I could, so I changed the 0 to a 5 like so:

HKR,, TotalDTDCount, %REG_DWORD%, 5 ; This shows number of DTDs to be used. ; 0–>Disable the feature.

The next 5 lines within the file seemed to be the settings for the extra resolutions that would be added after this driver is installed. The first 4 had been set already to offer 1920×1080@60, 1920×1080@50, 1280×720@60 and 1280×720@50 resolutions. The last, 5th line had no hexadecimal values, and the comment on the end of the setting was blank, so here is where I edited and added the resolution for the screen I was trying to get working. A quick Google of 1440×900@60 revealed the hex values for that resolution to be:

HKR,, DTD_5,%REG_BINARY%, 97,29,A0,D0,51,84,20,30,50,98,13,00,00,00,00,00,00,1C,37,01 ;1440×900@60

So I edited the 5th line to look like that above and saved the file. Upon un-installation of the old driver and installation of the newly modified driver, a quick delve into the settings in display properties revealed all 5 new resolutions selectable. I could now apply the 1440×900 resolution I wanted.

Thanks to him, he saved (me) the world.

His page:

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BarCamp Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Sep 19

BarCamp Cambodia

BarCamp Cambodia

When i left manila for Ho Chi Minh last year, i thought that id have to wait for another 3-4 years (or a lucky vacation) before I – again join an offline gathering of online network such as Manila’s Blog Parteeh, Blog Awards, Taste Asia, Blog Summits, etc.

LUCKILY & surprisingly – such events exists in a heritage rich country such as Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Tomorrow – September 20, 2008, hundreds of enthusiasts from all walks of life with different culture will meet in one huge event dubbed BarCamp Phnom Penh.

Wikingly speaking:

BarCamp, an innovative “impromptu” gathering that began in 2005 in Palo Alto, California, helps “open source” enthusiasts share information about technology in an informal setting. The idea quickly spread from California to the rest of the world, arriving in Bangkok in January 2008 and now in Phnom Penh. It’s an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

Jayson, Udom and I will attend the said event. At some point, to represent our company – Mag-Alliance, Publisher of Cambodia’s Funkiest Magazine G21.

Jayson Vega, Me & Udom

Till then, see you guys tomorrow!

Excess: You’d be surprise that its only now, as of my blogging, that ive learned that we had our own BarCamp in Manila last August 21 🙂

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Ally, My HP 520 Notebook

May 20

I just bought a 5-month old laptop i found at (which as of the posting is DOWN and unavailable). It’s a very popular portal here in Cambodia with packed information about the country. Jobs, Classifieds, Maps, Restaurants, Tourist Guide, Places To Stay. etc. Anyway, it’s been a week that I’m bongthom’ing the “classified” page for nothing. Jobs, IT/Computer and General are my favorite. Until last night, there’s this “Hewlett Packard Laptop for sale $300” posting which i contacted immediately as i’ve thought is a best buy. Luckily and coincidently he’s Filipino, Born Again Christian – and living in Cavite as well (Dasmarinas that is). Small world huh? 🙂 Thanks to  Mr. Jun G. , I again have my own laptop to play and mess around with.

Ally, My HP 520 Notebook

It’s an HP 520 Notebook. I named it Ally, Maggie’s sister. Yes, i named my PSP Slim Maggie :P. MAGGIE , ALLY – Does it ring a bell ? haha… I got the name from my current company Mag Alliance.

It may not be a power-pc on the go like those 1k$ worth laptop we’ve been drooling for, but this one’s not bad for a base laptop to upgrade. Productivity-wise, it will sure help me a lot 😉

If there’s something i did not do that i should have done before is this – BLOGGING about IT! (Yeah, the laptop).

You never know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. When i lost bench (that’s my 2-week old Acer laptop which was stolen 45 minutes after i arrived Ho Chi Minh late July last year) only then than i realized its presence. Not that i take her for granted, but it was only that instance that i realized that i could have spent more time with it, and not just USING it. It may sound weird but yes, I kinda exploited Bench that time. When i was still in Cavite, almost EVERY little thing I buy, received, eat, picked, etc. I BLOGGED about it. Key chain, post card, gift wrapper, anything. But with Bench, that ACER thing – she received NONE. No photo nor a blog entry.

There you have it, my short and sweet welcome to Ally. It may not keep this laptop 100% safe from those crooked burglars, but with prayers and this post – it could at least give a good omen 😀

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qb Cambodia

May 08

Just sharing this job opportunity here in Cambodia, they’re currently hiring experienced web designers/developers (other positions available as well)

Cambodia Advance Communication Ltd or “CADCOMMS” aims to be one of the leading telecommunication services providers in Cambodia. The company was granted its telecommunications license in 2006 and launched its services in March 2008. CADCOMMS operates a 3.5G mobile telephony service using the ‘qb’ brand under a concession granted by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication of Cambodia (MPTC).

We are serving both the corporate and consumer markets and our goal is to be the most advanced and recognized mobile phone service provider in Cambodia within two years. To achieve this we have formed solid partnerships with other local and international companies. Furthermore, to support our customers, we have 3 customer service centers in Phnom Penh and many more are planned in other cities in Cambodia to ensure our customers have easy access to, and support from our highly skilled service staff at any time.

We simply are “More Than Talk”.

qb Cambodia contact info
Headquarters address / Main Office:
Cambodia Advance Communications Co. Ltd.
No. 825 ABC, Preah Monivong Blvd, Sangkat Phsar Doumthkov, Khan Chamkarmon,Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 726680
Fax: +855 23 726682

Disclaimer: I am in no way related to Cadcomms/QB.

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Send your name to the MOON

May 05

NASA invites people of all ages to join the lunar exploration journey with an opportunity to send their names to the moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft.

“Everyone who sends their name to the moon, like I’m doing, becomes part of the next wave of lunar explorers,”

I just sent my name to the moon… Have you ?

I think they’re raffling off the certificate number by 2020… haha WE WISH!

Send yours here

Read More goes PR5

May 01

My PR is bigger than yours

You’re not on drugs. you’re not on alcohol either.

But you’re reading it right, this blog goes PR5 – and personally damn proud and happy about it. It’s a miracle come true, all this time i thought that It would be stuck with PR4 (or below).

Anyway it’s there, maybe an early birthday gift perhaps? I just hope it last long 😉

(My congratulations to the other PR gainers/non-movers on this recent Google PR update.)

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