: All About HDTVs as a PC or Laptop Monitor
2007-04-01, 01:36 AM
Had similiar issue with an AIW 9700.... could not get 1920 X 1080 to work with my TV even though it should!
I even found a Great Thread at AVS on how to get it to work due to some ATI bug.... but that did not work for me either.
Finally I tried a regular 9600... and it worked fine.
So.... yes... try another card.
2007-04-01, 04:42 AM
dinkeye, you didn't read post #212 before your recent post, did you? :) You need an Nvidia card.
2007-04-01, 10:32 AM
My bad... Missed that Stampeder. Nvidia??? I've always used ATI. In your opinion, why would you choose Nvidia over ATI??
And, what would your personal recommendation be for a Nvidia card?
2007-04-01, 01:26 PM
I'm not taking sides in the ATI-Nvidia thing, I'm just letting you know that with Nvidia's drivers and software and using DVI/HDMI to connect to the TV I was able to tune the output to eliminate overscan and fit perfectly on my 60" SXRD. My card is an MSI Nvidia 5600GT that is a couple of years old.
2007-04-01, 05:29 PM
As noted in Stampeders post, the issue is more one of well built drivers and driver utilities.
Myself, I am happier with the NVidia stuff as of late as it is much more readily tunable compared to on an ATI card and Catalyst drivers. My experience with ATI as of late is that unless your TV is really more a PC monitor (Like the Acer HDTVs), you will end up needing PowerStrip.
2007-04-01, 06:33 PM
Ditto what stampeder and que3jxp said. I initially built my HTPC with an ATI card and now have an Nvidia card which is much easier to manage.
2007-04-05, 01:09 PM
This is only valid for Windows XP. In Vista, Nvidia drivers are nothing short of a horror story. Even their 4th driver release has nothing of the functionality for HDTV as monitor that was present in XP, and they are all full of bugs. Basically, Vista users should consider themselves lucky that anything works with the latest Nvidia driver releases.
2007-04-09, 02:42 AM
I just bought an Olevia 37" HDTV that has VGA Input slot. I want to know if I hook my laptop up to the tv what all I would need to do to have it display in HD, and what I have to do, if anything, to upconvert a DVD to display in 1080i.
My laptop is a Dell Latitude D600, ATI Mobility/Radeon 9000 AGP Chip.
Well, displaying in HD is simply a matter of setting the resolution on your PC to 1920x1080 or 1280x720 (both of which the Radeon Mobility 9000 is capable of).
Personally, I'd suggest running a resolution of 1360x768, which is the TV's native resolution (the actual physical number of pixels in the screen). It should give you the best quality picture.
Technically just playing a DVD in fullscreen on your laptop with the resoloution set to the above mentioned setting would be upconverting.
There are also some nice image enhancements you can do using a program called ffdshow and a compatible DVD player software.
2007-04-16, 11:41 PM
I have been trying to determine the answer to a personal desire of mine (my wife said ok!). I want to use an HDTV flat screen as my laptop monitor to primarily surf the internet and occasionally use excel, word, and powerpoint applications with a wireless keyboard and mouse as I lay in my lazyboy chair sipping on a brew through a 1/4 inch drinking straw.
- the hdtv set will be hung over my fireplace (rarely used unless my wife can't resist me after I set this up).
- the chair will be 10 feet away.
- the hdtv is either the 40" Samsung LNT4061fx (futureshop) or the 42" Sharp LC42D62U (would consider an alternative if you recommend)
- the computer is the Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop customized running Windows Vista Home Premium with 256mb nvidia gforce go 7300 gs video card and Intel wireless next-gen n network card plus Netgear wireless N router.
Please note that this is not my entertainment room (need to finish the basement) so I will not be adding an amplifier with 5.1-7.1 surround sound but will have a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 3200 hd tuner purchased from Rogers, possibly Bell satellite dish and a dvd recorder/player with hard drive.
Can you please help me determine if these 2 (hdtv unit and laptop) will be compatible and provide me the viewing quality I will need for the internet and the applications. I would appreciate it if you can suggest the wiring (vga, dvi, hdmi) that would be best for the laptop. I am planning on running the video and audio connections from the laptop to the hdtv behind a wall requiring a length of approx. 18 feet. Thanks for any assistance:p
2007-04-17, 04:41 AM
I have attached my laptop to my Toshiba 37" HDTV using VGA connection and Audio.
I used PowerStrip (google it) to set the resolution to 1216x716 instead of the native 1366x768 for my HDTV so that I could easily use the remote keyboard and see the Windows screen. but that is just a preference.
I think it looks awsome. But that is just me ;-)
Regards and good luck,
2007-05-21, 08:32 PM
Ran into a small issue with my setup, during the boot process and all the screen dont get cut off anything (bios boot screen shows up and cuts off at the proper edges, same with windows xp boot up screen) but when I get into loading windows the screens all cut off around the edge.
I can barely see the task bar and the icons on the left are cut off.
The resolution its set at 1280 x 720 (which is what it should be at). I do have the latest drivers for my video card.
What is the problem?
2007-05-21, 11:55 PM
thank you mod for moving my post!
And thanks guys for the posts above lol, I figured my plasma's native resolution is 1366 x 768 so I will put this in to the nvidia manual resolution settings and see if it works.
2007-05-22, 08:10 PM
hey guys ran into a problem, when I try to set the resolution manually using the nvidia control panel, my screen goes blank as soon as i hit test and nothing comes up and then resets back which usually means the screen can't handle the resolution.
What should I try nexT?
2007-05-22, 08:19 PM
Not all plasmas will accept their native resolution over all inputs. This is probably what you are seeing.
2007-05-22, 08:45 PM
im using a dvi to hdmi cable, what else can i try....id hate for it to be like this, spend all that money and have a crappy display....
2007-05-22, 08:53 PM
If Panasonic has disabled 1366x768 via HDMI there's not much you can do. Have you tried to contact Panasonic support?
2007-05-22, 09:08 PM
no i haven't... no one has had this problem with panny plasmas ?
2007-05-23, 03:45 PM
my response from panasonic (pretty much, "I Dont know") lol
Thank you for your email.
The resolutions available and how they will display depends entirely on your
graphics card. Some graphics cards can also be setup for 16:9 widescreens.
Currently your vertical line count is too high for the television, you can
try other resolution settings, although you must maintain the 60hz refresh
Panasonic Canada Inc
Customer Care Centre/Service Relations Clientele
2007-05-24, 04:28 AM
Your wiring is the problem and limited by the laptop. Dell says it only has a VGA and s-video. S-video is useless for computer applications. Check the specs on the TVs. Often they only support standard VGA resolutions (e.g. 1024x768). You'll want one that allows a widescreen resolution that matches the LCD panel's native resolution (e.g. 1366x768) Make sure the Dell also allows that ouput resolution. Laptop outputs are often geared to work with business projectors which aren't usually HD widescreen.
Best bet. Try connecting your laptop in the showroom.
But if it all fits, it's fantastic!