Surface Pro 3 - Custom Resolution(s) Registry Entry

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  1. rwerksman

    rwerksman Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I'm the IT Directory at a ~200 person law firm, and we're deploying the Surface Pro 3 to all of our attorneys. One of the things that we struggled with during the deployment was the high resolution of the Surface Pro 3, and the scaling that was necessary in order to make it work correctly.

    We happen to run a few older line-of-business applications that don't happen to deal with scaling correctly. Historically, we've addressed the situation by just reducing the resolution of the LCD or CRT screen, but with the Surface, that caused an issue. Specifically, due to the 3x2 screen size, and the lack of appropriately scaled lower resolutions, it didn't quite ... well ... look right, especially when combined with external monitors that almost never need scaled.

    Intel, on older drivers, offers you the ability to install custom resolutions. This is a highly manual process, and there is an MSDN article on it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/danchar/arc...on-with-surface-pro-3-dpi-scaling-tweaks.aspx

    What this tool does is basically drop some entries into the registry. Using Process Monitor, I monitored what was going on, and basically, there is a single key that controls this:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}\0001


    I went ahead and dumped some additional resolutions into my system, and exported just that key. Theoretically, importing it should provide the following, highlighted resolutions:

    1920x1280 (12.5% Scaling)
    1728x1152 (25% Scaling)
    1440x960 (50% Scaling)

    all without the need to invoke Windows 8 DPI scaling. We're now running it exclusively, with our users selecting the one that looks best to them.

    YMMV on it working correctly for you. Download and install at your own risk.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}\0001]
    "C_MODES_LFP_2b"=hex:03,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,2b,00,00,00,a0,05,c0,03,08,48,00,\
      00,00,c8,44,d3,06,80,07,00,00,a0,05,00,00,a0,05,00,00,7f,07,00,00,f8,05,00,\
      00,8f,06,00,00,f8,e8,00,00,e2,03,00,00,c0,03,00,00,c0,03,00,00,e1,03,00,00,\
      c1,03,00,00,c3,03,00,00,3c,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0a,00,00,00,01,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,80,07,00,05,08,48,00,00,00,\
      40,b2,5b,0c,30,0a,00,00,80,07,00,00,80,07,00,00,2f,0a,00,00,08,08,00,00,d7,\
      08,00,00,8c,36,01,00,2d,05,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,05,00,00,2c,05,00,00,01,05,\
      00,00,03,05,00,00,3c,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0a,00,00,00,01,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,c0,06,80,04,08,48,00,00,00,18,4d,\
      f5,09,20,09,00,00,c0,06,00,00,c0,06,00,00,1f,09,00,00,38,07,00,00,ef,07,00,\
      00,60,17,01,00,a8,04,00,00,80,04,00,00,80,04,00,00,a7,04,00,00,81,04,00,00,\
      83,04,00,00,3c,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0a,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    
     
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  2. NicNZ

    NicNZ Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I gave this a try and didn't get any change. However, I've just switched to the Intel driver (3960 version) and used the CustomModesApp to add 1440x960 resolution. This worked fine, with the C_MODES_LFP_2b key appearing - but in the '\0002' directory rather than '\0001'.
     
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  4. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    While I think that the S3 is a better device for attorneys, it is nice to see a Surface being deployed to attorneys instead of IPads, which the vast majority of my brethren are using these days.
     
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    XJ12 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Don't they just use the surface as a stand for their iPads?
     
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  6. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    It's the other way around, for us truly tech savvy lawyers...:p:rolleyes::D

    PS - Bronsky - I'm now switched back to IE 11 as well - Edge too edgy for me...
     
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    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    @dstrauss and @Bronsky

    You mean too "Leggy"
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    No - I really meant "too edgy" - look up the David Pogue YouTube review of the Surface Pro 3 vs the iPad -





    he does an amazingly fair job in the review and takes some pretty hard shots at Apple, particularly the Surface not being "iPaddy enough." I'm afraid, in the same vein, Microsoft has made the browser "too edgy" this time around...
     
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    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    When I see people doing work on an ipad, I think to myself... Why aren't you just on a macbook air 11"?
     
  10. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Crappy screen; no touch; not cool (not iPady)...
     
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