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Media Center PC

By PHATMAN5050
Oct 9, 2004
  1. I have built myself a very nice setup. I have an AMD Athlon XP 1800+/Asus Mobo with 512mb of Ram and 160GB HD to use as a Media Center PC. I have it in my living room, connected to my 53inch HDTV. Now, my HDTV does not have a DVI/VGA adapter, but it does have an HDMI adapter. For those of you who do not know, HDMI is an upgrade to DVI technology, because it houses digital video and audio in one connection, yet it can downgrade to DVI as well.

    SO, I have a DVI to HDMI cable plugged from my computer to my TV, yet I cannot seem to get the resolution correct on my TV. It defaults to 1950x540, which is incredibly too big and too narrow. I've tried 720x480, as well as 1920x1080 but nothing else seems to work. Any other programs or settings out there to try?

    If I plug the TV into the computer via S-Video, as it is now, I have no problems, only the signal is a little blurry, not as clear as I would like. Will the HDMI/DVI setup look a lot clearer?

    I've learned that I'm treading in uncharted waters, as many people have no idea what I'm talkin about, but I figured you guys here would know best of anyone.

    I have tried POWERSTRIP as well as ULTRAMON to change my display settings with no luck.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 369

    what TV do you have?

    If it is a CRT projection, its likely it its a 1920x1080 (aka 1080i) INTERLACED resolution, which means that probably you have only run it at 960X540 Progressive. If it is a DLP, or LCD projection tv, then the resolution is probaby 1280X720 (aka 720P) Progressive. If it is plasma, then it might be 852x480 (480P), 1024x1024, 1024x769 or 1366x768, all progressice. BTW, the LCD projections may have a resolution of 1366X768 or 1280X768 also. What model is your TV
     
  3. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 645

    I have a Panasonic PT-53x54. I have no idea what kind of projection it is, good questions though!
     
  4. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 645

  5. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 369

    Since it does either 1080i or 540P, and the fact that computers have a hard time doing interlaced, try setting it at 960x540. Not exactly HDTV, but awfully better tahn standard TV.
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Its manual says the following:
    Code:
    This PTV is compatible with the following formats. Please
    set the connecting device to the following format.
    
    Format	 	No. of dots 	Vertical scanning freq. (Hz)
    1080i 		1920 x 1080i 	59.94 / 60
    480i (480p) 	720 x 480p	59.94 / 60
    		640 x 480p	59.94 / 60
    480i (480i) 	720 x 480i 	59.94 / 60
    
     
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