Can I force higher resolutions on a laptop?

I was asked this today and I have no idea of the answer.
"Is there a way to force my resolution on my laptop higher even if isn't supported?"

I can do a similar thing with an external monitor... I can select an incredibly high resolution and it looks terrible on the display, but it works.  This is, of course, with a desktop graphics card and 24" monitor.

I did absolutely no research online.  I am going to try installing various old drivers to see I can get any laptop to do such a thing.  I tried to create a custom resolution using the Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel, but it said it wasn't supported.  I want to hear your ideas as well as suggestions.

Kris MontgomeryAsked:
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Go to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display\Screen Resolution, click Advanced Settings, then click List All Modes.

If your screen can't handle it and you can't see the screen, try waiting for 15 seconds so it reverts.
If it doesn't revert, reboot the computer, push F8 before it boots up and you can select VGA mode to get a low resolution that works.

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Depends on the physical limits of your display.  If you look at you graphics properties you'll probably see an option described as "only display supported resolutions" uncheck that and try any higher options that become available.  Remember that Windows will reset the screen resolution after 15 seconds if you do not acknowledge the change, so if you pick a resolution that can't be displayed if you wait the normal resolution will be restored.

Generally you'll see the same thing you described with your LCD panel though. You can get a higher resolution but it looks terrible!
You have severe limitations with the graphics card installed Intel Graphics cards do not provide enough configuration options to be able to push the horizontal and vertical frequency to a point where its actually readable on the larger external displays. You have more than likely noticed this frustration as you have spent several minutes in the custom setting on the graphics control panel. There is a reason why it looks like crap because the newer graphics card read directly from the embedded CMOS on the monitor via dtc channel. This protects the panel and or monitor from over scanning and becoming out of alignment of which can render the panel or crt at a point where the guns have to be realigned.  short answer sorry you get what you get unless you are a programmer and can rewrite the graphics drivers as well as rewrite the cmos on the panel/crt :)

Kris MontgomeryAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone.

For cataloging purposes, the answer is:  No, it really cannot be done easily or at all with the resources provided with this/most laptops/mobile graphics cards.

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