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I have a funnction that is called from WinMain that is supposed to setup the window and make the program run in fullscreen. I pass the fullscreen size down to the function, but when I run the program the window just popsup in the specified size, rather than changing the screen resolution and becoming fullscreen. What could be going wrong? Thanks, Steve /*********************************************************************************/ /********************************* CREATE FULLSCREEN WINDOW **********************/ BOOL SetWindow(int width, int height,int bpp) { WNDCLASSEX wndclass; GLuint nPixelFormat; DWORD dwExStyle; DWORD dwStyle; g_hInstance = GetModuleHandle(NULL); //Register the Window Class wndclass.cbSize = sizeof(wndclass); wndclass.style = CS_HREDRAW|CS_VREDRAW|CS_OWNDC; wndclass.lpfnWndProc = (WNDPROC)WndProc; wndclass.cbClsExtra = 0; wndclass.cbWndExtra = 0; wndclass.hInstance = g_hInstance; wndclass.hIcon = LoadIcon(NULL, IDI_APPLICATION); wndclass.hCursor = LoadCursor(NULL,IDC_ARROW); wndclass.hbrBackground = NULL; wndclass.lpszMenuName = NULL; wndclass.lpszClassName = _szAppName; wndclass.hIconSm = LoadIcon(NULL, IDI_APPLICATION); //Register the Window Class if (!RegisterClassEx(&wndclass)) return FALSE; //Setup the Window for Fullscreen DEVMODE dmFullScreen; memset(&dmFullScreen,0,sizeof(dmFullScreen)); dmFullScreen.dmSize = sizeof(dmFullScreen); dmFullScreen.dmPelsWidth = width; dmFullScreen.dmPelsHeight = height; dmFullScreen.dmPelsHeight = bpp; dmFullScreen.dmFields = DM_BITSPERPEL | DM_PELSWIDTH | DM_PELSHEIGHT; ChangeDisplaySettings(&dmFullScreen, CDS_FULLSCREEN); dwExStyle = WS_EX_APPWINDOW; dwStyle = WS_POPUP; ShowCursor(FALSE); //Set the Window to 0,0,width,height RECT windowRect; windowRect.left = (LONG) 0; windowRect.right = (LONG) width; windowRect.top = (LONG) 0; windowRect.bottom = (LONG) height; AdjustWindowRectEx(&windowRect, dwStyle, FALSE, dwExStyle); //Create the Window g_hwnd = CreateWindowEx(dwExStyle, //Extended Style _szAppName, //Class Name _szAppName, //App Name dwStyle | WS_CLIPCHILDREN | WS_CLIPSIBLINGS, 0,0, windowRect.right - windowRect.left, windowRect.bottom - windowRect.top, NULL, NULL, g_hInstance, NULL); if (!g_hwnd) return 0; //Make sure we have the handle static PIXELFORMATDESCRIPTOR pfdPixel = { sizeof(PIXELFORMATDESCRIPTOR), //Structure Size 1, //default Version PFD_DRAW_TO_WINDOW | //Draw Mode PFD_SUPPORT_OPENGL | //Support OGL PFD_DOUBLEBUFFER, //Support DoubleBuffering PFD_TYPE_RGBA, //Color Mode bpp, //Bits 0,0,0,0,0, 0, //No Alpha Buffer 0, //No Shift Bit 0, //No Accumulation Buffer 0,0,0,0, //Therefore Ignore Accumulation Bits 16, //Stencil Buffer Size 0, //No Stencil Buffer 0, //No Auxiliary Buffer PFD_MAIN_PLANE, //Main Drawing Plane 0, //***RESERVED*** 0,0,0}; //No Layer Masks g_hDC=GetDC(g_hwnd); //Get a Device Context nPixelFormat = ChoosePixelFormat(g_hDC, &pfdPixel); //Choose PixelFormat Descriptor SetPixelFormat(g_hDC, nPixelFormat, &pfdPixel); //Set the Pixel Format g_hRC=wglCreateContext(g_hDC); //Create Rendering Context wglMakeCurrent(g_hDC,g_hRC); //Make Rendering Context Current ShowWindow(g_hwnd,SW_SHOW); //Display Window SetForegroundWindow(g_hwnd); SetFocus(g_hwnd); Resize(width, height); InitalizeGL(); //Initalize GL Options return TRUE; }

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