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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0004022The Dark ModCodingpublic16.02.2019 09:53
Reportergrayman Assigned Toduzenko  
PrioritynormalSeverityfeatureReproducibilityhave not tried
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Product VersionTDM 2.03 
Target VersionTDM 2.07Fixed in VersionTDM 2.07 
Summary0004022: Change default screen resolution?
DescriptionIn the default 640x480 screen resolution, it's sometimes tough to read the menu selections.

The suggestion is to bump the default res to 800x600 or even 1024x768.
TagsNo tags attached.


related to 0004724 resolvedstgatilov Investigate "borderless windowed" screen mode 
related to 0004124 acknowledged System auto-detection: for main menu config settings 




11.11.2017 15:44

administrator   ~0009570

Last edited: 11.11.2017 15:44

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This issue is here again (2.06 beta):

Suggestions include:
1. Increase default resolution from 640 x 480 to 1024 x 768 (cvar change).
2. Do not change resolution on startup, i.e. add special "native" value for resolution.
3. Detect native resolution and set cvar to it by default (e.g. on first launch).



11.11.2017 15:52

administrator   ~0009571

What if we change the default to 1024x768 for 2.06 and investigate resolution detection in 2.07? The latter sounds like it needs some interrogation code that doesn't exist now.


11.11.2017 16:13

administrator   ~0009573

That seems like a decent way to address it this late in the game.


12.11.2017 02:00

administrator   ~0009579

Done. Rev 7278.


22.11.2017 15:09

administrator   ~0009675

Re-targetted to 2.07 to allow investigation of resolution detection?


22.11.2017 15:31

developer   ~0009676

Yes. I can create a new tracker for that if you prefer?


22.11.2017 15:52

administrator   ~0009677

No need.


23.11.2017 10:11

developer   ~0009679

Last edited: 23.11.2017 10:12

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I propose to move completely to FBO in 2.07 and get rid of the screen resolutions paradigm.
I.e. just open the full-screen window on the user's desktop and render to FBO of configurable size, then stretch that to the TDM window.
It's much easier and image quality is better due to linear magnification filter.



23.11.2017 15:22

administrator   ~0009681

> I propose to move completely to FBO in 2.07
I agree with that. Just make sure to implement some homebrew AA =)

> get rid of the screen resolutions paradigm
I don't get this.
So you suggest to remove the ability to change screen resolution? So whichever resolution user has currently, will be used in fullscreen TDM, no other possibilities?
I don't agree with this.
Also I think rendering FBO of size different from screen resolution is generally not a good idea (except for 2x, 3x resolutions): it increases interpolation error on the image.
On the other hand, how do modern monitors handle nonnative resolution? I guess they do the same: interpolate the output to their native resolution...


23.11.2017 15:27

developer   ~0009682

Last edited: 23.11.2017 15:28

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Why change user's screen resolution when we can render to FBO of any resolution?
It screws other program windows, especially on multi-monitor systems.
And like you wrote above, monitor scaling is no better than GPU scaling.

Look at any mobile game - none offer screen resolution options. They always render to native resolution, no matter how high it is and how low-power device processor is.



23.11.2017 16:08

administrator   ~0009683

According to:
CRT monitors could actually change their resolution, while LCD monitors cannot --- they simply rescale whatever you throw at them if it is not native. This explains why all old games provided control over resolution.
I guess we can ignore CRT monitors now...

Mobile games are not a thing to compare with. Can mobiles change display resolution at all?


23.11.2017 16:25

developer   ~0009684

Mobile games cannot change resolution and they are not supposed to. But if all mobile games somehow manage to run on most mobile devices it kinda proves my point that resolution option is not necessary at all.
Talk about your average PC gamer with a FullHD screen. He can't go any higher than that (unless video driver provides virtual resolutions that we _already_ have in TDM) and he won't need to go any lower because we will have an option to render at 90% (80, 70, ...) of native screen size. Monitor internal scaling usually sucks so no one uses it unless they can't get decent FPS in native resolution - which we allow a better alternative to.


03.01.2018 15:41

administrator   ~0009968

I have added a related issue 0004724, dedicated to so-called windowed borderless mode.
It seems that this is exactly the same as you talked about. Such a mode is very popular in modern games (I'm talking about serious games like e.g. Quantum Break, not about mobile games). I don't think removing fullscreen mode is a good idea, but windowed borderless mode seems to be much better default than some hard-coded fullscreen.


03.01.2018 15:52

developer   ~0009970

To my shame, I don't know the difference between windowed borderless (maximized) and fullscreen.
Could you explain it to me?
I suspect, it has something to do with ws_popup/always on top?


11.12.2018 03:16

developer   ~0010866


The current default resolution is 720x486.

I think someone mistook that for 720p?

720p should be 1280x720

Anyway, it's no longer 640x480. We should consider closing this in favor of later
investigation in 4724


11.12.2018 04:18

administrator   ~0010868

That's strange.

If I remove my config and start TDM, then I get 1024x768.
Moreover, since FBO is enabled by default now, I get a borderless window which thinks it is fullscreen =)

Having fullscreen working completely different with FBO on and off is unpleasant and probably unnecessary. The best end result would be having fullscreen/windowed/borderless-window modes regardless of FBO.

Anyway, 4724 is closed as "not a problem" and automatic detection is not done. Maybe discuss this question on the forum before closing?


15.12.2018 08:23

administrator   ~0010930

Automatic resolution detection was added somewhere in revisions 7818-7823.

Right now if user runs TDM without darkmod.cfg, then r_customWidth and r_customHeight are both 0 (default). This triggers the call to Sys_GetCurrentMonitorResolution, and the current desktop resolution is set into these two cvars.

To trigger automatic resolution detection manually, set both cvars to 0 and restart game.


18.12.2018 17:24

administrator   ~0010962

Duzenko, do you still indend to do something for this issue?
I think it is fully resolved now...


18.12.2018 17:37

developer   ~0010963

The current state works for me but 2.07 beta testers might find something be something we missed


20.12.2018 11:43

developer   ~0010993

Since we are only waiting for feedback from the beta testers, I think we can leave this in target version 2.07 instead of 2.08.


16.02.2019 07:44

developer   ~0011606

2.07 has been released

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
08.01.2015 20:29 grayman New Issue
11.11.2017 15:44 stgatilov Note Added: 0009570
11.11.2017 15:44 stgatilov Note Edited: 0009570 View Revisions
11.11.2017 15:52 grayman Note Added: 0009571
11.11.2017 16:13 Springheel Note Added: 0009573
11.11.2017 16:15 grayman Assigned To => grayman
11.11.2017 16:15 grayman Status new => assigned
11.11.2017 16:15 grayman Target Version => TDM 2.06
12.11.2017 02:00 grayman Note Added: 0009579
22.11.2017 06:17 nbohr1more Status assigned => feedback
22.11.2017 06:17 nbohr1more Target Version TDM 2.06 => TDM 2.07
22.11.2017 15:09 grayman Note Added: 0009675
22.11.2017 15:09 grayman Status feedback => assigned
22.11.2017 15:31 nbohr1more Note Added: 0009676
22.11.2017 15:52 grayman Note Added: 0009677
23.11.2017 10:11 duzenko Note Added: 0009679
23.11.2017 10:12 duzenko Note Edited: 0009679 View Revisions
23.11.2017 15:22 stgatilov Note Added: 0009681
23.11.2017 15:27 duzenko Note Added: 0009682
23.11.2017 15:28 duzenko Note Edited: 0009682 View Revisions
23.11.2017 16:08 stgatilov Note Added: 0009683
23.11.2017 16:25 duzenko Note Added: 0009684
23.11.2017 17:06 grayman Assigned To grayman =>
23.11.2017 17:06 grayman Status assigned => acknowledged
03.01.2018 15:38 stgatilov Relationship added related to 0004724
03.01.2018 15:41 stgatilov Note Added: 0009968
03.01.2018 15:52 duzenko Note Added: 0009970
11.12.2018 03:16 nbohr1more Note Added: 0010866
11.12.2018 04:18 stgatilov Note Added: 0010868
15.12.2018 08:23 stgatilov Note Added: 0010930
15.12.2018 09:19 duzenko Assigned To => duzenko
15.12.2018 09:19 duzenko Status acknowledged => assigned
18.12.2018 17:24 stgatilov Note Added: 0010962
18.12.2018 17:37 duzenko Note Added: 0010963
19.12.2018 12:46 stgatilov Status assigned => feedback
20.12.2018 05:29 nbohr1more Target Version TDM 2.07 => TDM 2.08
20.12.2018 11:43 STiFU Note Added: 0010993
21.12.2018 19:54 nbohr1more Relationship added related to 0004124
16.02.2019 07:44 duzenko Note Added: 0011606
16.02.2019 07:44 duzenko Status feedback => resolved
16.02.2019 07:44 duzenko Fixed in Version => TDM 2.07
16.02.2019 07:44 duzenko Resolution open => fixed
16.02.2019 09:53 nbohr1more Target Version TDM 2.08 => TDM 2.07