Originally Posted by Trogdor2010
Edit: I just realized you made a post on this and figured how to get it to work. But I hope at least the website and my alternative for custom resolution will be helpful for what you need.
Actually, I'm still having problems getting it to work right. I've tried a number of games, but I can't seem to get any of them to actually have that widescreen look. I'm probably doing something wrong, just not sure yet.
I use a regular Blu Ray player to watch my 2:35.1 movies on my 2:35.1 screen. When I first start up the movie, it's letterboxed. I can see black bars above and below the movie. Then I use the Poor Man's Zoom trick, to zoom out the projector as far as possible, and now the black bars are splashed onto my all black wall (around the screen). So, I don't notice anything, except for the 2:35.1 movie on my super-wide screen. I also have to play with the horizontal shift, to get the picture centered right. But basically, the concept, is that you start with a letterboxed image, and then you zoom that image out to take up the entirety of the 2:35.1 area of your screen.
I've yet to actually get this to happen with ANY game yet. The closest I got was with Portal. With Portal, I was able to find the 1280 x 540 resolution in the settings. I choose it from a list. Still, until I checked the "windowed mode" box, it didn't look letterbox. When I checked the "run in windowed mode" box, then the game itself was in a letterboxed ratio, and I was able to zoom it out to fill the 2:35.1 area of my screen (technically, I think my screen ratio is closer to 2:37.1). The problem is, there wasn't black bars above and below the game. Instead, it was my desktop. I could see the Windows icons and such being splashed onto my black wall that surrounds the screen. It was pretty distracting, and hard not to notice.
The vast majority of games that I've tried, didn't have any resolutions in the resolution list that I could select for 1280 X 540 or anything like that. They only had 1280 x 720, and other normal resolutions. Sometimes those games would "pop" into a weird look, that looked very tall and skinny. Like it needed the anamorphic lens or whatever, to fix the image. I'm not using any kind of lens, I'm just using the Poor Man's Zoom trick.
I have heard that games that use the Soucre engine have it built a certain way to use these kinds of custom ratio's and that's why Portal showed a 1280 x 540 option when I went into that game. Still not sure why I had to run it in windowed mode to get that 2:35.1 look.
Anyways, sorry to ramble on... I've read your suggestions above, and I'm going to try messing with it some more. I will try the 1920 x 816, and I'll also try set the timings to manual. Maybe that's my big problem.