How to Change the Resolution in Diablo 2

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With Blizzard dangling "Diablo 3" over the heads of gamers, many have delved back into "Diablo 2" to hold them over until a release date surfaces. With that return comes the realization that an 800x600 screen resolution looks terrible on modern monitors and barely scratches the surface of modern graphics cards potential. Thankfully, an unofficial patch has been created to circumvent the locked in native resolution of "Diablo 2," though you cannot use it when playing multiplayer games over Battle.net. Employing this patch will not affect your saved games.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Diablo 2 Multiple Resolutions Patch

Toggling Native Resolutions

  • Press "Escape" once the game has started. Click "Options" to open the Options menu.

  • Click "Video Settings." Here you will see a few settings that you can toggle. The current resolution will be displayed at the top.

  • Click on the current resolution to toggle it to different supported resolutions. The screen will flicker and change to the new resolution.

Adding Non-Native Resolutions

  • Download the Diablo 2 Multiple Resolutions patch. There are multiple patches floating around the Internet. See the Resources section for a link.

  • Extract the archive to your "Diablo 2" folder. It should contain the files D2MultiRes.txt, D2MultiResGame.exe, D2MultiRes.dll, and D2MultiRes.mpq.

  • Double click on the file that ends in .exe and follow the window prompts for installation.

  • Run "Diablo 2." The game will start in its normal resolution. After you have started a game, press "Escape" to bring up the Options menu. Select "Video Options" and then click "Resolution." A new tab will appear listing all the resolutions supported by your system. Try out a few to see which one works best for your style.

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