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Get display adapter name using .Net framework

Posted on 2009-06-30
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Hi Experts,

I need to get the video adapter name, *similar* to what is availabe using DXDiag

Eg: Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
etc

However! I can not use DirectX SDK to obtain this data (due to project restrictions). Therefore, I need to get the equivalent information either directly from the registry (ugly) or via the Win32 API, or *ideally* using .Net Framework 2.0

Can you please provide a code sample C++ .Net preferred which demonstrates how to get the display adaptor name and some other attributes if possible, such as installed video memory etc.

Thanks

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You can do this using WMI via Win32_VideoController. This example shows more then that, but it should get you started (and you can copy the code that you need): http://www.codeproject.com/KB/cs/EverythingInWmi03.aspx
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Here's the reference, I think you need "Caption": http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394512(VS.85).aspx
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by:A_Ridiculously_Long_Unique_Name
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Here is the solution in C++ .Net

// Video properties demo
// Geoff Machell, July 2009

#using

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;


void IterateOverCollection()
{
    System::Management::ManagementClass ^mc = gcnew System::Management::ManagementClass("Win32_VideoController");

    System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection ^moc = mc->GetInstances();

    System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection::ManagementObjectEnumerator ^moe = moc->GetEnumerator();

    while(moe->MoveNext())
    {
        System::Management::ManagementBaseObject ^mbo = moe->Current;

        System::Management::PropertyDataCollection ^pdc = mbo->Properties;
        System::Management::PropertyDataCollection::PropertyDataEnumerator ^pde = pdc->GetEnumerator();

        while(pde->MoveNext())
        {
            System::Management::PropertyData ^pd = pde->Current;
            Console::WriteLine("{0} {1}", pd->Name, pd->Value);
        }
    }
}


int main(array ^args)
{
    Console::WriteLine("Demo by Geoff Machell");
    Console::WriteLine("July 2009");
    Console::WriteLine("\n=====================");

    IterateOverCollection();

    Console::WriteLine("\n=====================\n");

    System::Management::ManagementClass ^mc = gcnew System::Management::ManagementClass("Win32_VideoController");

    System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection ^moc = mc->GetInstances();

    System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection::ManagementObjectEnumerator ^moe = moc->GetEnumerator();

    while(moe->MoveNext())
    {
        System::Management::ManagementBaseObject ^mbo = moe->Current;

        Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("Caption") );
        Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("VideoModeDescription") );
        Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("AdapterRAM") );
    }

    Console::WriteLine("\n=====================\n");
    return 0;
}
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The asker has found an alternative solution but posted it inside the comment for grading which is only visible by asker and the one graded. Here's a copy so that everyone can view the final solution:

// Video properties demo

// Geoff Machell, July 2009
 

#using <System.Management.dll>
 

using namespace System;

using namespace System::Text;
 
 

void IterateOverCollection()

{

System::Management::ManagementClass ^mc = gcnew System::Management::ManagementClass("Win32_VideoController");
 

System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection ^moc = mc->GetInstances();
 

System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection::ManagementObjectEnumerator ^moe = moc->GetEnumerator();
 

while(moe->MoveNext())

{

System::Management::ManagementBaseObject ^mbo = moe->Current;
 

System::Management::PropertyDataCollection ^pdc = mbo->Properties;

System::Management::PropertyDataCollection::PropertyDataEnumerator ^pde = pdc->GetEnumerator();
 

while(pde->MoveNext())

{

System::Management::PropertyData ^pd = pde->Current;

Console::WriteLine("{0} {1}", pd->Name, pd->Value);

}

}

}
 
 

int main(array<System::String ^> ^args)

{

Console::WriteLine("Demo by Geoff Machell");

Console::WriteLine("July 2009");

Console::WriteLine("\n=====================");
 

IterateOverCollection();
 

Console::WriteLine("\n=====================\n");
 

System::Management::ManagementClass ^mc = gcnew System::Management::ManagementClass("Win32_VideoController");
 

System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection ^moc = mc->GetInstances();
 

System::Management::ManagementObjectCollection::ManagementObjectEnumerator ^moe = moc->GetEnumerator();
 

while(moe->MoveNext())

{

System::Management::ManagementBaseObject ^mbo = moe->Current;
 

Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("Caption") );

Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("VideoModeDescription") );

Console::WriteLine( mbo->GetPropertyValue("AdapterRAM") );

}
 

Console::WriteLine("\n=====================\n");

return 0;

}

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