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Dell XPS Laptop M1530 - Driver Issue with HDMI Monitor


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I am at my wits end at the moment.

I just reinstalled a fresh WinXP installation and I am in need of a video driver for my Dell XPS 1530 laptop.

I have a Geforce 8600M GT with ID DEV_0407&SUBSYS_022E1028.

I installed the Dell driver from their website and everything runs ok, but I got a few errors playing a game, remembering that the drivers were for a different model, close to the 1530, since there are no 1530 drivers for WinXP since it was Vista based machine with no XP support.

I use an external monitor using the HDMI output, L227WTG running at 1680 x 1050.

When I install a driver from here, using the modified INF file, it installs fine, but upon reboot, my monitor shows at 1280 x 1024, when the windows resolution is set at 1680 x 1050. This makes the display very wide left-to-right, and I can scroll all over the desktop.

If I unplug the HDMI cable, then plug it back in, the monitor then sees the correct resolution at 1680 x 1050, but reverts back to 1280 x 1024 upon reboot.

Uninstalling the driver gives me 1680 x 1050 like normal on reboots.

I have tried 178.08, 178.15, 177.16, 175.80, and all do the same thing with the wrong resolution.

I checked the NVidia control panel, and if I let NVidia stretch the screen to 1680x1024, it becomes all scratchy looking.

So it seems its driver related big time and I do not know what to do now.

Please advise? I dont want to blow up anything :)

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I dont see any option that is related to what the HDMI resolution outputs to override it using RivaTuner.

its just so weird.... if the desktop resolution is set to 1680 x 1050, why would the HDMI output push out a 1280 x 1024?

Maybe something in the Nvidia Contol Panel that I am missing to enable?

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Ok I have Powerstrip up and everything says its running 1680 x 1050, and im looking at the physical monitor's menu, and it says its running 1280 x 1024 still, all stretched out.

And yet again, if I unplug it, and wait a few, plug it back in, it shows correctly of 1680 x 1050.

The cable I know is fine because it has been working fine with older drivers and dell drivers, so something is up and I dont know what the it is.

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Looks like Im stuck with Dell's driver (R180917) 174.31

Its the only one right now that installs, reboots, and shows me the right resolution of 1680 x 1050 starting from the welcome screen.

Just hope I dont get any future blue screens from it.

Any ideas though? Would like to have the most current.

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