WQXGA (2560x1600) on Z1 WITHOUT ViDock (it works! but I need some help)

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  1. ComputerCowboy

    ComputerCowboy Sony Fanboy

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    WQXGA is 100% working on the Z1 @ 30Hz and 35Hz, I updated the title but it didn't seem to take.
    Read on to learn how to do this for the U3011 and other high resolution monitors.
    If you have a U3011 you can just download one of my INF files U3011 WQXGA@35Hz or U3011 WQXGA@30Hz


    So I got the idea from this other thread about the Z2 supporting a WQHD resolution hack that the Z1 would probably do that also. Guess what... It does, well sort of.

    I booted my Z1 into speed mode, running my hacked 280.26 drivers
    I have a HDMI>DVI cable plugged in from the Z1 to the U3011.
    I went to the nVidia control panel and created a custom resolution 2560x1600@35Hz (like psyq321 discribed in the Z2/WQHD thread)

    I hit the test button and BAM, I see full WQXGA resolution... click for screen shot... but as you can see it actually displays it on the screen but tells me it doesn't support it, so as soon as I click OK it drops right back to 1080P.



    This is very exciting, no ViDock... but full WQXGA (with a lower refresh rate, but very usable)


    So I started searching around for a solution and I landed at this article

    I followed the instructions exactly and I was able to create this 35Hz INF override for the U3011 and this 30Hz INF override for the U3011

    Note the instructions to get this working assume that you are using good nVidia drivers, not the crap Sony drivers. In my case I am using the BIOS hack and the latest patched drivers, but there is another way. Props to lovelaptops
    So either use Andrew's drivers... or have a look at Latest VPC-Z1/330M Drivers for the BIOS Hack People

    After you install some hacked up drivers follow these steps
    So here is the trick to figuring out the timing quick and easy.
    Open the nVidia control panel
    click "change resolution"
    click "create custom resolution"
    Set the horizontal and vertical pixels
    set the Refresh rate
    then expand the "Timing" area
    NOTE: the pixel clock - this is what you need to put into Pheonix later
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    (note this pixel clock is for 35Hz)

    OK, now you need to download Phoenix.exe
    run it
    click the tools menu
    then click "extract registry EDID..."
    click the monitor you want, the DEL4063 in my case
    Then click detailed timings
    then click the pencil on the toolbar
    then enter the exact pixel clock we generated from the nVidia display before
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    (note this pixel clock is for 30Hz)

    Now click File
    click "Save EDID as"
    save it

    now get monifo

    install moninfo, then run it
    click file
    click open
    find your dat file
    click file
    click create inf
    save it

    go the the device manager
    find the monitor
    update the driver to your new INF
    reboot

    when you get back to windows you should be running your new high resolution automatically.


    EDIT: I had some people tell me that they couldn't get the monitor driver to install, so I took some screen snips of the steps

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    Yea that might work, I found a solution that does work and updated the first post :D

    This should work for any WQXGA or WQHD display, or any other display greater that WUXGA (1920x1200)

    So for anyone who has been wanting to run a super high resolution now you can do it, WITHOUT THE ViDock!!!!

    EDIT: I changed the title of this thread, but it doesn't seem to be updated in the forum listing, what is up with that?
     
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    anytimer Notebook Virtuoso

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    Er.. the two pixel clocks (yellow highlighted) are different. Could you clarify? Is some calculation involved? Or was that screenshot taken before you put in the new pixel clock values?
     
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    you are right, the first one is for 35Hz the second one is for 30Hz
    I am working on 48Hz as it will be a perfect double of 24P, so it should eliminate judder when watching Blu-ray.

    The INF that I uploaded is actually a 30Hz driver... for now, I'll upload a 48Hz file if I can get that going. FWIW 50Hz seems to work also. 60Hz is just too high for the single TDMS link I guess, I works but it flashes on and off.
     
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    I just tried DVI from the Z1 Dock to the U3011 and it also works perfectly at 2560x1600@35Hz

    I know 35Hz is not ideal... but it is a lot less work and money than a ViDock, also the ViDock has its own issues.
     
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    Hey, do you think installing this driver allow for 1 x U3011 to run via HDMI @35Hz, and simultaneously allow for 2 x U3011 to run via ViDock @ 60Hz?
     
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    Yea, I think that would work.

    Why don't you try moving them around, put one of the 30" monitors on HDMI then put the 24" on the ViDock. Apply the hack to the 30" on HDMI and give it a whirl. Make sure you use an HDMI to DVI cable.
     
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    Argh. Has anyone tried this trick for the VPCS-A/B/C?
     
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    I think it would work, there isn't really anything hardware specific going on here except creating an INF with the correct EDID. In theory my driver would make the U3011 run on nVidia, Intel or ATI graphics. In theory you could drive two U3011 monitors with the new Z2.

    Do you have a S laptop and a high resolution (e.g. greater than 1920x1200) screen? If you have both then give it a try. If you have the S laptop then find someone with an awesome screen and give it a try.

    Remember that the you must use DVI on the monitor side, on the laptop side I've tried HDMI and DVI via the dock. For most scenarios an HDMI>DVI cable is what you need.
     
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