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Windows 7: Diablo 2 resolution?

16 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
Diablo 2 resolution?

I installed Diablo 2 and Lord of Destruction last month, it was working fine, and I just tried loading it today and the resolution is weird. I've tried target line commands, compatibility in both XP and Vista, running it maximized, and I installed it three times over, but nothing is working. The game loads in full-screen, but the actual game screen is only half the size it should be and the rest is blank. Any help?


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17 May 2010   #2


Any type of pc errors going on? Any type of crashes? Anything at all out of the ordinary as of issues with your pc? Have you changed anything on your pc? We need a little more input to try and help.
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18 May 2010   #3

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64

Two things I know for sure, being a long time fan of the game. As you probably already know, Diablo 2 out of the box only supports 640x480, and with LOD came the ability to run 800x600.

The issue: As of Vista, it's real buggy with software D3D. Diablo II will try to launch in software D3D mode, many never get the game to work because of this. You may already be aware, it will not run under Vista or 7 like this, however upon installation it should show the "detected video devices" or something similar, be sure to choose the "hardware" option, and then the game will work. Again, you may already know this.

However, sometimes even the slightest change in your system or the game itself can cause it to revert to software. In the program files list, in the tree you'll see the video setup executable, run this, verify you're using hardware acceleration, then try to run it.

You may know all of this, and I think it's likely this isn't the issue, but gotta address that first since it's the biggest hurdle for any D2 players on Vista/7.

As far as what you describe, I can't imagine what would cause it to do that.. I guess you could try pressing Alt+Enter while playing, and see if that brings it full screen. Otherwise, have you tried manually setting the resolution back to 640x480, then back up to 800x600? What you're describing sounds like the game itself, not the display or any part of Windows.
This usually happens when the resolution to draw is lower than what the program can or is displaying, most often I see this with Emulators. Maybe I'm over thinking it.

Were you running it windowed? -w?
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20 May 2010   #4

Win 7 SP1

Got two ideas for you.

1) Google "d2 glide wrapper" - there is a way to run D2 using Glide, an older acclellerator from before nVidia and ATI days. I play D2 using it with no issues, full screen, but at 800x600 (max D2LoD Rez).

2) There is a way to run D2 at an extreme rez (1680x1050). Off hand, I can't remember the program name, because I had issues running it with the Eastern Sun mod, but I know it's out there.

Good luck!

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22 May 2010   #5

Windows 7

Any type of errors

going on? Any type of crashes? Anything at all out of the ordinary as of issues with your pc? Have you changed anything on your pc? We need a little more input to try and help.
no, nothing. I haven't changed anything except my desktop wallpaper since before it was being wierd.

I've ran it in windowed, switched between the rez with the in-game options, ran as administrator, everything I can come up with, I don't get it.
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