Originally Posted by peteshd
I'm in over my head.
Q: Seems I've complicated things by working from a laptop. Not even sure where to start. HDTV internal settings, graphics card software, application software, and maybe the blu ray hardware itself? Do I really need to go though all those levels and factors or is there an approach that will get me a decent basic picture without too much trouble and low expectations?
I'm sure I deserve any RTFfaq or RTFM comments, but please at least point me to a few good threads or websites. I'm in my 40s with a family, this is the first HDTV that I've tried to calibrate and I just want to get things decent, not perfect. Thanks for any help getting me started.
Unfortunately as nice as all this streaming stuff seems it does add a lot of variables into the mix.
I have not gotten into this area of calibration (PC as source) at all because I don't use it. There are tools and software that will allow you to calibrate the LUT (look up tables) of the computer graphics card, but that would be done after the TV was calibrated.
Since you are just getting your feet wet, and your config gets more complicated with the laptop here is what I would suggest as a start.
The inputs and modes have separate memory's for settings. So what you set for say the HDMI 1 with PC mode is not going to effect the OTH settings for Movie mode or whatever you have chosen.
Download the AVS 709 Disk AND the users guide (read it, it is very helpful)http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=948496
This is burned to standard DVD but is the read back as a BR disk.
Use the disk in your laptop to set the basic user settings for each mode.
I.E. Plug in to hdmi 1 then choose the first picture mode, run the 709 disk and set the Brightness, Contrast, sharpness, Over scan, Color and Tint if you have Blue only mode (check TV manual)
Then do the next mode.
This will get you familiar with the basic process of setting the user modes utilizing a calibrations pattern disk and you are done all of them, you can then choose the mode that looks the best for now.
I am sure there are many things to take into consideration on the PC side, but others will need to guide you in that area.
There is a boat load of stuff to learn, take your time, read and learn. I am only a couple of years older than you and I have been here for a long time and have only scratched the proverbial tip of the iceberg
One other thing, put your location in your profile so folks know what part of the country/world you are in. Personally I have purchases equipment and software for my own DIY use, but would be thrilled to help out others near by. I get to play with different displays and my equipment, the other person gets to see and play with the equipment and hopefully end up with a properly calibrated display, win win!
Anyway, I hope this gets you moving in the correct direction, unfortunately there is no FM for you to Read.. There are some sticky posts at the top of the of the forum that are helpful so if you have no looked at those, that would be a start. Unfortunately a lot of those go right into advanced stuff.
Good reading and good luck!