Saints Row 2: Resolution Editor

UPDATE: This editor should no longer be necessary as of Patch #2 (released 02/17/2009) which adds support for detection of 16:9/16:10 resolutions.

Since the game does not properly detect 16:9 and 16:10 resolutions, I’ve made an editor which can edit settings.dat for the resolution you specify.

The game appears to operate just fine with resolutions such as 1440×900 and 1680×1050.

Saints Row 2 Resolution Editor

Requires .NET 2.0.


84 Responses to “Saints Row 2: Resolution Editor”

  1. Wes says:

    Thanks a ton! This worked great.

  2. SynaGl0w says:

    On the release day of the game there is already a user created utility to fix something… Epic!

    Thanks a lot for this! =D

  3. Whois says:

    While this works….if steam does a version check on your game the steam client WILL overwrite the altered file with the one on the master server. Making it necessary to apply this multiple times until Volition releases a patch.

  4. Rick says:

    Uh? settings.dat isn’t a part of the normal distribution of SR2, it’s created by the game when it first starts.

  5. Bartes says:

    Please, can you also make a tool to change the language? Hate the translation in my native language, it’s horrible.

  6. Zeth says:

    I really want a language changer too, damn swedish ruins it bad.

  7. Zer0w says:

    Hi i have a question when i play the game at high graphics its shows me weird things like transparent body :S

    But when i play at medium graphics are normal :S

    So i want to know why i cant play at high graphics

    I have an ATI Radeon 3870

    Intel Core Quad Core 6600

    Its not a big deal but i just wanna know why ?? :S

  8. Meh says:

    Meh, tried this and my saints row stopped working completely, reinstall…. 🙂

  9. Dings says:

    Hmmm sad that you stoped making something for GTA 😀

    Have question is it possible to make something like Steam Achievement Manager for GTA?

  10. Rick says:

    Dings: You can use Alice for GTA4 to call UNLOCK_ACHIEVEMENT (I believe that’s the native function).

  11. lewis says:

    when i try run 1400 x 900 in game it says failed

  12. Rick says:

    It’s 1440×900, not 1400×900.

  13. […] A guy by the name of Rick has put out an editor that can edit the setting.dat for whatever resolution you specify since the game doesn’t properly detect 16:9 and 16:10 resolutions. Rick

  14. purehater says:

    Do we need to place the file in a particular folder? Or can just launch it from wherever we like? Because it seems that it does not work for me :/ when I launch the game I get an info that the graphic changes were not saved and they are restored to defaults… Aha.. and will it work with NET 3.0?

  15. Oskar says:

    maybe you can do a graphic patch for those players who have old computer on the oblivion game there was a patch called oldblivion that was for those who played with older compuers with older graphic cards. please check this website

  16. Martin says:

    Hi Thanks for the tool, works like a charm for 1680×1050, i want to say: is it possible to edit the settings.dat, so that all joystick assignments are deleted/disabled ? always to pull out all joysticks is making me crazy… would be the hit!

  17. […] Try the editor at the link below for any widescreen resolution problems. Rick

  18. TTimmy says:

    The tool works! Playing in 1680×1050 now! Thanks man!

  19. Liajyser says:

    Works great. Freaking superb. Nearly cried when I installed it and found it didn’t support 16:10.

  20. me says:

    TY TY TY!!!!

  21. MadK says:

    Why does when I start the game, I get a graphic settings failed and everything is getting reverted back to default?

    1440×900 is the resolution I want to use.

  22. UkuRish says:

    yea i do have same problem even patch does not help !

  23. Vivek says:


    is there any resolution editor for “Total Overdose”. i have a widescreen LCD TV. the game runs fine on the CPU but the TV displays nothing but the default blue screen (it runs out of resolution).

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  25. Rakiro says:

    hey still got a problem while trying to run in 1650 mode.
    im setting the resultion to 1280 or 1024 but after the intro movie it says exe failure
    When starting the editor it can’t find the settings.dat

    Someone can post his setting.dat please?


  26. Johny Obama says:

    Thank u very much bro , in the game it’s some problem with 1920*1080.

  27. Thats works great got the screen res setup right now but the game runs terrable on PC.

  28. Marc says:

    Rakiro – Try 1680×1050 (instead of 1650..)
    Thanks for the program! My graphic details are set to “high” – is there any way I can adjust them even higher (in the costum mode)?

    Marc (DK)

  29. mammy says:

    I want a EDITOR 4 SR2 ( Saints Row 2 ) and i don’t know to what With use SoftWare , can you help me ?
    I need to naked my Characters and show … !!! so , don’t show … !!! and it is pixelated , i want see all body
    MY Characters , but not have probleme .

  30. Simbadda says:

    where is the file “settings.dat” located. i can’t seem to find this file in this location “C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\saints row 2”.

  31. Simbadda says:

    never mind my post, i found it in “C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\THQ\Saints Row 2\”

    i’ve set it to 1440×900 (according to the tool), the game just doesn’t look like it’s rendered at that resolution.

  32. Rick says:

    Try taking a screenshot (printscreen) and pasting it into an image editor and seeing what the size of the image is, if your monitor doesn’t support displaying resolution information.

  33. Alex says:

    Just a question, will it show the resolution in the Options screen? I use the editor, open up the game, and it says 640×480. Is this normal?

  34. Rick says:

    Yes, it will show 640×480 for resolutions that are not normally listed in-game. It’s normal.

  35. Alex says:

    Okay, cool. Thanks a lot.

  36. Adpa says:

    Can you add FOV adjustment to the tool so we can have proper FOV at 3840×1024 for us with triple monitor setups? Many thanks in advance and all the hard work you’ve put in so far, Rick!

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  38. Bmxismylife123 says:

    can you give link to patch

  39. EdLazow says:

    It’s not working for me. Everytime I click on it an error message comes up saying “The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135).” Is there any other wayto change the resolution?

  40. Rick says:

    That error indicates you don’t have .NET 3.5 installed.

    However, if you allow Steam to patch the game up to the latest version any widescreen resolutions you wish to use should be present.

  41. saun says:

    hey man when i open my sr2 it loads to the menu and when i click start new game and enter a difficulty it restarts my whole computer

  42. Baz says:

    can sum1 giv me the activation code 4 the game please

  43. thomas says:

    can u get ninja cloth or not

  44. tito says:

    plz can u get updat one plz

  45. tito says:

    i try it and then i start game and says to me reset resolution plz get anew one

  46. widden says:

    A fov adjustment would be very much appreciated. As it is, I’m getting motion sickness width the default, it’s too narrow I guess 🙁

  47. Sphinx. says:

    AWESOME, excellent work.

    many ‘game related program uploaders’ can learn from this: Simple, Effective and most important, Working !!

  48. Sphinx. says:

    @ Baz: i bet u heard of google ?

  49. Public_Enemy says:

    I have Saints Row 2 on Steam patched to the latest but my 16.9 resolution is still not listed. Thanks to this tool I am able to play at my native resolution. Other users who have the latest patch also have the same problem so thanks again!

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