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2007-11-19 03:22 PM
bajabroni Hey Stealth1,

Try one of these to lower the fan noise.
2007-11-18 10:18 PM
pArtition help and why the Samsung?

Hey about the partition, u will need to do a low level format to wipe the drive clean then reinstall. I suspect u are to far ahead to bother doing that but if u do, get partition magic and don't bother to partition during the install. When u are done, then install PM and use it to partition the drive.

By the way, why did u chose the Samsung, I am looking at the same one to buy?
2007-10-22 03:19 PM
Stealth1 Yup that is true, that setting does fill the wide PC properly, only overscans when in wide TV which is where I would like to get it setup to full fill the screen.
2007-10-22 09:51 AM
but when its set at 1280 x 720 its about 1" off all around.
That is the way it is supposed to be on the PC wide input stealth, you
will have approximately a 1" border all the way around the Display but it shouldn't be overscanning, or underscanning on that setting within the display area, that's the way the Sammy PC input looks when running correctly. If you switch it at That setting into TV wide it will overscan slightly
but fill the display.
2007-10-22 01:30 AM
Stealth1 Honestly I have the resolution setup to a point now where I the minor underscanning doesn't bother me that much. I havent had any playback issues so far so im happy as it is. If I do end up running into issues with playback then definitely i will look into a seperate video card but dont think I need it yet. I will try out the powerstrip demo and see what I can get from playing with that. Obviously I would love to have it dead on but the less than 1" underscanning right now isnt worth another $100+. If I cant get closer with powerstrip then I will see about getting a VGA cable and seeing how that works out.

Anyone have insight into whether setting the TV to Wide PC will help at all?

For Image Scaling you can only have full panel size or centered timings, when you check one the other becomes unchecked. I dont remember a scaling option but I will check when I get back to play with it some more. I did some tweaking of the setup and got it a little closer than before but not perfect yet.

Thanks for all the help everyone, I really appreciate the input you have all offered me.

On a side note Mediaportal so far is pretty good but it is very very finicky and isnt really as seamless as I was hoping it would be. Like going from a windowed view to fullscreen takes way to long and if your watching an .iso/.img file it resets the file. Also the controls kinda suck using the keyboard so im going to have to look into a remote if the add-on for that is any good. I have found MP has crashed or locked up way too many times for me but as it is I dont feel like spending $130 on MCE2005 right now.
2007-10-22 12:56 AM
teenie Hi stealth1, A few more things to try.

I use a DVI to hdmi cable to my TV. The video card is DVI out.
IN the ATTRIBUTES under you DTV

The image scaling you used CENTERED TIMINGS
You should do that as well.

Also under your DTV in CCC is there a SCALING OPTIONS?
Please ensure that you do not check the box to use the scaling options

Good luck
2007-10-21 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by Stealth1
From what I saw regular VGA is meant for 800 x 600 resolution and there is different cables for higher resolution, is this true in this case?
Saying VGA is sorta like saying Skidoo. The current VGA standards go all the way up into the stratosphere for resolutions. There is no "special" cable for higher resolutions on VGA.

Unfortunately, it is starting to look like the money you saved on the version of board is about to be spent on something else. I would suggest getting a demo copy of Powerstrip and see if that lets you fine tune a bit better. If that does not work, then I would suggest a Gigabyte Silentpipe series 8600 GT. It would guarantee zero performance issues during playback and the NVidia drivers are much more tunable than the ATI ones.

The other option, of course, would be to buy a new TV. I assume that idea is not in the stars.
2007-10-20 11:43 PM
Stealth1 I did set the center timings thing but it didnt do anything that I can see. I think the board only has DVI and VGA, I didnt go with the HDMI one. If I can get my hands on a cheap VGA cable I will try it out and see what happens. My tv has an option for "wide TV" or "Wide PC" When set to wide PC the display is more centered but I cant seem to get the adjustments to make it any bigger. When i go to say 1280 x 768 @ 60hz the desktop becomes much smaller but when its set at 1280 x 720 its about 1" off all around. I set it to 1920 x 1080 @ 30hz and it overscanned in Wide PC which I couldnt figure out how to get that to work. Does adjusting the refresh rate affect over/underscanning at all?

From what I saw regular VGA is meant for 800 x 600 resolution and there is different cables for higher resolution, is this true in this case?
2007-10-20 12:47 AM
PPL4GOLF I second trying the VGA port...last thing you want is an incorrect aspect ratio.

I use VGA and gave up on the DVI -> HDMI route of this board, and believe it or not, it was underscanning and out of range for any adjustment (1024x768 plasma). It displayed properly @ 1920x2080 to a 1080p panel however, but I got hiccups with HD content at this resolution.
2007-10-20 12:37 AM
PPL4GOLF I tried the component out of the M2A-VM HDMI and it really, really sucks.
2007-10-19 07:09 PM
que3jxp I just did some reading on your TV. I did not realize that it is as "old" as it is.

As a curiosity, did the ASUS board you got come with component video out? If it did, for the fun of it, you may want to see if you can get the component out to co-operate with your TV better than the DVI.
2007-10-19 04:59 PM
teenie Hi Stealth1 , Did you set the "USE CENTER TIMINGS" from my previous post?
2007-10-19 02:53 PM
Stealth1 Ok I totaly misunderstood what you were saying, thanks for the help. I see you need to be set under standard and then you can add a custom resolution. Did that and its pretty good but my issue now is that the image isnt centered on the screen. The left side of the desktop is at the edge of the screen but the right side of the desktop is about 1/2" away (black border). Top to bottom the top of the desktop is 1" away from the edge of the screen but the bottom is right at the edge perfect. Any idea how I can possibly fix this. Is there any options for moving the screen around to get it centered?
2007-10-19 02:28 PM
teenie Congrats Stealth1 on the HTPC build! Sounds like a nice rig!

In my setup when I go into CCC advanced view. One of the options is for a DFP, digital flat panel. A sub item are the HDTV attributes( I am not sitting in front of my settings so othis is as best I can remember)

Set "Use centered timings" in CCC

Open CCC (Catalyst Control Center) and enter the Advanced mode.

Under "Digital Panel Properties-Attributes-Image Scaling" select "Use centered timings" and click Apply.

While still in CCC under "Digital Panel Properties-HDTV Support" under "Predefined and Custom HDTV formats" select "720p60 standard" and click "Apply Format". This will switch to 720p mode.

Than after you apply format you should get a a full screen white panel with the ability to shrink expand the screen. both width and hight. once you get the viewable image just to fit your screen you can save that and and then apply that. Then that custom resolution will selectable and you can use that.

Let us know how you make out!
2007-10-19 01:51 PM
Q I doubt the HDMI board is different than the regualr board.

Maybe this explains it better as someone else did it after reading it.


If you still have problems I will do it again over the weekend and let you know.
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