Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Carleton Place, Ontario, Rogers Cable
I use an ATI Radeon 9600 AGP (back then, the PCI version was also available) video card which has a VGA, DVI and S-Video outputs. I use the VGA for the LCD Monitor and the DVI port for the TV through an ATI DVI to HDTV component video adapter (dongle). My TV is a Sony CRT (KV-34XBR800) with a DVI input but the ATI software does not recognize this TV as a valid DVI display device. That is why I have to use the ATI component video dongle. I normally have the LCD Monitor set as the primary display and the TV set to clone mode. The LCD Monitor is set to its native resolution (1680 x 1050). The ATI software will then try to use the highest resolution available for the clone display and scale the picture down to avoid the need for panning mode. In my case, it will select the 1920x1080 (1080i) resolution resulting in a hard to read flickering picture surrounded by black bars. So in the ATI settings, I enable panning mode, and disabled the 1080i (in the component video section). This forces the ATI software to use the 720p resolution in panning mode for the TV. However, when you play a video supporting the overlay feature, the TV displays the video using the overlay feature in full screen without panning but you don't see the video control in overlay mode. When I want full video control on the TV, then I set the TV as the primary monitor using the 720p resolution (without panning).
SA9865HD; Panasonic TH-50PZ850; Denon AVR-X4000; Tannoy: Arden, S8C, S8LR; SVS 16-46PC+; Oppo 971; Harmony 659/680