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3/13/2011 Update: This registry edit is no longer needed as the new patch, V1.25, adds widescreen resolutions to the video options in the game.

Warcraft 3 by todays standards is an old game, but it is still popular. Larger monitors, 21" or larger, have native resolutions that are not supported by Warcraft 3. There is, of course, a way to force Warcraft 3 (both Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne) to run in a high or widescreen resolution. The only way to do this is to do a simple registry edit. I have included a couple of pictures to demonstrate how to do this registry edit. I have done this before in the past and it is safe.

First, we need to open a 'run' window. Go to Start--->Run--->RegEdit. Then follow the below navigation...

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Blizzard Entertainment\\Warcraft III\\Video

There are two variables that you must change: resheight and reswidth.

Make sure you change the default hex value to decimal value.

Example - 24" widescreen with 1920x1200 resolution.

reswidth = 1920
resheight = 1200

You may have to restart Warcraft 3 for the change to take effect. Thats all there is to it! Have fun playing Warcraft 3 with your monitor's native resolution.




Edited by Zulli85 - 3/13/11 at 10:48am
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It looks like it worked. Now I can see more when I play DOTA
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thanks! i'll have to try this out
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I will give this a shot when I get home.
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I am glad to help out!

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It looks like it worked. Now I can see more when I play DOTA
Do you play public or private/league DotA? That is the primary map that I play, I usually play at least 2 TDA games a night. Maybe we could get a game going and I could show you a few things.

If any of you are interested, I play on the Azeroth (USEast server) in the channel Clan RooF. Feel free to stop by and make yourselves at home.
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I am glad to help out!



Do you play public or private/league DotA? That is the primary map that I play, I usually play at least 2 TDA games a night. Maybe we could get a game going and I could show you a few things.

If any of you are interested, I play on the Azeroth (USEast server) in the channel Clan RooF. Feel free to stop by and make yourselves at home.
Good info about changing the registry.

And, you might see me in the Clan RooF channel soon... I need to play DotA more
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Old game? Warcraft 3 can not be beaten by any game out there in my opinion. lol if this is old Stacraft is ainchent.
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Good info about changing the registry.

And, you might see me in the Clan RooF channel soon... I need to play DotA more
Cool, my primary account is l)eathMasta (thats a lower case L) but I have a few other aliases that I play DotA on.

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Old game? Warcraft 3 can not be beaten by any game out there in my opinion. lol if this is old Stacraft is ainchent.
Yeah I know, but mind you I said 'by today's standards.'
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Anyone have a screenie of this? Does it look good?

edit:: It works BUT, you can't use your GPU/Screen resolution to "create" more pixels then the game's direct3d engine is producing. The max resolution that ole' faithful WC3 can produce is 1280*1024. Changing the registry just stretches the screen. It messes up the 3d effect and the vividness of the colors for me. I have spent a lot of time playing the ladder so I notice any fluctuation in the way the game looks. This fix negatively alters the appearance of the game imho.

+rep for answering my question

edit*: How do I get my screen to automatically adjust to the changing resolution? It's a bit of a pain to change it manually.
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You don't actually see more, it's just stretched, and as such is distorted.

Lol everyone here is on an nvidia card, but ATi's newest driver release 8.3 allows you to display 4:3 natively without stretching by placing black bars on the side



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