Just wanted to share my experience in the hope it might help someone down the line.
I had been running a Sapphire 9600XT under Windows 7 32-bit using the driver provided via Windows Update. As it was under XP, PowerStrip allowed me to get my Aquos to accept 1368x768, and thus run Dot By Dot at the near-native resolution. The Aquos is a LC-32GA5U circa 2005, and has a DVI input for PCs.
I decided to upgrade the 9600XT and got a used Radeon HD 3850 AGP, as it's supported by PowerStrip. I had zero luck trying to install the drivers from AMD. Apparently it's a problem with the 3850's "9515" device ID not being included in the INF. I ended up using the "ATI Catalyst 12.11 B11 HotFix 5 Pre 8 x32Bit Legacy Driver" from Guru3D. Works like a champ. But when I tried to define a custom resolution by pasting in the timings I'd used with the 9600XT, PowerStrip prompted me to restart. Upon rebooting, the 1368x768 res was not available. I did uncheck the "Hide modes not supported by this monitor" option, and created a monitor driver with PowerStrip, installing it via the Device Manager. But whatever I tried, I could not get PowerStrip to use my custom res.
Then I recalled an app by the name of Custom Resolution Utility (CRU). I used it to define a custom resolution for the Aquos (basically an EDID override, if I understand it correctly). et voila! PowerStrip allowed me to use my custom res! I could then use PowerStrip's Custom Resolution details window to tweak the CRU settings to match. This setup works without a hitch.
I do have a couple questions:
1) what could be the reason I was unable to use PowerStrip initially with the 3850, esp. in light of the fact that the 9600XT worked fine in the same system?
2) is there any potential conflict between CRU and PowerStrip? My initial impression is that there is not, but it's only been a day since I got it to work.
3) While I will continue to use PowerStrip, is it possible to use only CRU to achieve the same end? PowerStrip has a few more advanced features that make it easier to use and tweak (no reboots required when timings are adjusted; the ability to shift the desktop to compensate for the extra pixels).
Thanks for your time. I hope this proves useful to others.
Just an FYI... while running a virus scan using the latest version of avast! home edition it reported "pstapi.exe" as being infected. I would imagine that's a false positive. I'd recommend letting the avast! folks know about it. They're fairly responsive about such things.
This is for v.3.78 of PowerStrip.
I see this is well reported, so feel free to delete this thread, if you see fit to do so. I've mention it at the avast! site.
I do have a question about removing/renaming the file though. Will not having it available affect using hot keys? I currently have 2 set that I use quite frequently.