Originally Posted by doveman
I'd be grateful if you could explain how you did this. I'm using the same program and I've got my Nvidia graphics card setup in Dualview mode, with the monitor at 1024x768 and my HDTV (XBR800) at 1080i. Thing is, when I run the program it runs on the monitor and therefore uses it's resolution, so how do you get it to generate a 1920x1080i test pattern?
Two different ways will both work.
(1) Reverse monitor #1 and monitor #2, thus making the HDTV your primary monitor. Then the patterns presented by DMWVE will take on the size of your HDTV. When you boot your PC, the HDTV will be your monitor #1 and all apps (including DMWVE) that present full-screen displays will present at 1920x1080.
Of course this approach genuinely makes your HDTV the primary Windows monitor, so all program windows will launch here, etc. Yes, the desktop can be specified to span the combined real estate of both monitors, but the HDTV will definitely be where most things start and stay (when enlarged to full-screen). Takes a bit of getting used to when your keyboard is on the other side of the room and you have to look over at your HDTV which is 15 feet away.
(2) I had previously full-screen captured all of the series of test patterns produced by DMWVE (from every one of its diagnostic/setup groups), using a screen capture utility named Fullshot and having my standard 4:3 CRT monitor set to a desktop resolution of 1920x1080 so that the captured images had the same resolution and dimensions. I captured them to BMP (so as to not lose anything).
If you want (via Settings), Fullshot is smart enough to determine the color depth to be used so as to minimize the size of the BMP, so that a B/W test pattern does not require color and at 1920x1080 that would be 1036918 bytes per capture. "Primary color" captures that can be done at 16-bit color depth require 2074678 bytes per capture. "True color" captures (e.g. spectrums) require 32-bit color and take 6220854 bytes. Anyway, I have a complete set of 1920x1080 BMPs stored that exactly duplicates all of the test patterns produced by DMWVE.
These full-screen BMPs can be displayed full-screen (on either monitor #1 or Monitor #2) using any image viewer/browser worth its salt (e.g. ACDSee).
The method I actually used for my 34XBR960 adjustments was (2), because I wanted to be able to sit in from of my usual PC monitor #1 (19" IBM P96 4:3 CRT monitor, running at 1152x864) while sending the 1920x1080 BMP test pattern images (from my sets of screen captures) to monitor #2 (the XBR960) via ACDSee. If you will do this, the resulting flexibility and convenience is significant.
Without having the set of 1920x1080 BMP capture equivalents of the DMWVE test patterns, method (2) wouldn't have been available. Only method (1) would have been possible. I had actually tried that first but didn't like the hassle of having to look over at my HDTV to see the primary desktop and location for windows that got opened when programs launched, while sitting in my computer chair.
NOTE: ACDSee as a product took a steep turn south beginning with version 6, some years back. Each subsequent version (they're now up to 9) gets progressively worse and crappier. I continue to use version 5 for most of my needs, and actually use version 4 (fastest and leanest, while still fully-featured) for my most demanding volume image browsing, viewing, and processing applications (backed up by Photoshop, of course, for the real work).