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Sticky: Make your Projected IMAGE SIZE match your MONITOR resolution!

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  • Sticky: Make your Projected IMAGE SIZE match your MONITOR resolution!

    (Not sure if I made this sticky the right way or not, but this should be a sticky topic)

    Making your Projected image (resolution) match your screen size at the SAME resolution as your Monitor (even though they're different!)

    Ok, this has come up lots of times and many many people in the computing world think you cannot have different resolutions on screens that you are Duplicating.

    NOT TRUE and I've been doing it for years. I posted a while back about this but not in very good detail and I'm posting again, because it is a pain to do if you don't know how (and even if you do sometimes). There is some trial and error involved but we can edit this thread as we go along as I feel this is one the single most important and potentially frustrating things with the setup of your SIM.

    YOU MUST have an NVIDIA GPU to continue.

    Turn your projector ON.

    1) Set your screen to EXTEND mode in windows so that they are NOT duplicated.
    2) Set your screen resolutions TO BE THE SAME. For example, my monitor is set to 1920 x 1080, than so should my projector even though the picture is going over the sides and top.
    3) In the Nvidia Control Panel, make sure the same setting show. Then, go to "Adjust desktop size and position" -> then "Size" tab, make sure the projector is selected. Click "Enable desktop resizing". Click "Apply" at the bottom right. Click "Resize" and then an adjustment box should come up on the PROJECTOR SCREEN. It should start out by being the same resolution as the monitor (1920 x 1080 for me) and when done, mine, shows that I adjusted it to 1516 x 1036 (your will be different).

    When you click apply or ok and it makes this adjustment, the WINDOWS Display setting should still think you are at 1920 x 1080. If it does, then it worked correctly and you can now tell it to duplicate and it will work. By doing this, you don't lose the resolution from your system and the only thing that happens is that your image now fits on your screen with the desired resolution.

    After you do this and go back in the the Nvidia control panel, BOTH displays will show the desired resolution and not the adjusted custom resolution(This will make a custom resolution available to you, but you won't use it.) Everything will look as though you are projecting at one display, but the image will now fit.

    NOTE: You may have to mess around with it. I take notes every time I do it and sometimes it works and sometimes I have to mess with it, but I took better notes this time hoping this would be it.If you change your graphics card, you'll have to do this again.

    Hope this all makes sense and please let me know if this helps and works or not.

    If you have trouble, go back and make sure your resolution starting point on resizing was the correct 1920 x 1080 or whatever yours is. I did find that it changed sometimes to too low of a setting and I ended up with 1344 x 924 and another time 1036 x 696, which both did not work.

  • #16
    Been struggling with this for a day. Got a new projector because the old benq died. With this guide got it working in 10 minutes. Thank you very much.


    • #17
      Spoke too soon. When I opened the game - it doesn’t fit the screen. Is there resolution setting specifically for the game? If so where to I adjust it?


      • #18
        Forget it. Found it. Looks great. Thanks again.


        • Baller
          Baller commented
          Editing a comment
          Glad it helped!

      • #19
        Hello, So I followed these steps and am successful until when I goback to windows and hit duplicate, it shrinks both the laptop and projectorr width... I am using a 16x9 1080p laptop(Alienware m17 R3) with a Optoma GT1090HDR projector. Any advice?


        • #20
          Baller , to add to my message, I got it to work by after switching it to duplicate, switching it back to extend then duplicate again, however it is squishing the image... This is likely due to the fact that I can't get the width to what I need at 1400x1080, it maxes out on the slider at 1440... Any ideas how to get to 1400?


          • #21
            So difficult to give advice on this sometimes since it seems that all computers handle it differently and it can be buggy until you figure out how yours works. You need to duplicate both the the higher resolution screen and then dumb-down the lower resolution one to match the dimensions so that your computer or GPU treat them as the same. So in your case, using a laptop, if your projector has a higher resolution than your laptop, you'd want to do this backwards.

            Hope that makes sense and hope you get it working!