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ATI HDMI on Windows Server 2003 - No black borders

Posted by ProDev Admin at 10:41am, Thursday 25th March, 2010
Well, Microsoft said it couldn't be done, and ATI (aka AMD Graphics) also say it can't be done and is not supported, but with good ole kiwi perseverance, I have managed to get 1920x1080 running flawless complete with overscan on a 24inch High Def monitor over Windows Server 2003 for a recently installed ATI HD4770 video card. The black borders are gone because I have also got the CCC Control Center working that allows setting underscan and overscan to 0%. Now for the kicker, its running dual screen flawless with the 24inch using HDMI input, and a secondary LCD running at 1280x1024 over VGA although this could just as easily have been DVI.

I spent hours trying to find drivers or information of people with success achieving this, and all I found were forums of people in the same boat with the same problem. ATI and Microsoft wont create drivers for these cards for Windows Server 2003 because it is not a desktop environment. Well hello, some of us like to use a Server as a desktop with all the benefits that come with doing so including saving on an extra computer!!

For all the Boffins out there, heres how I did it. After trial an error of different drivers, I found that installing the XP 9.1 standalone Catalyst driver (9-10_xp32_dd.exe) first was necessary. None of the latest drivers including 10.2 at the time of writing work. After rebooting the Server, I then installed the matching 9.1 Catalyst Control Center obtained from (9-10_xp32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu-[].exe). Once the Control Center is installed, you can select DTV, Scaling Options, and adjust the overscan to suit to rid the black borders for a borderless high definition + dual monitor experience on Windows Server 2003. Sweet!!!