alright, i'm hoping this thread isn't dead by now as this tv is now considered an old model (i have an kdl40v3000)
the thing is, i've been searching the internet for a problem i have with this tv using it as a monitor
i've been using it for over a year with the vga input and it looked awesome, everything was alright, but lately with using photoshop and such i've found the 1360x768 (especially the resolution height ofcourse) to be a limitation
as the vga input is limited to 720p resolution i had to get me hdmi cable setup
so i got a proper high speed hdmi cable and tried 1920x1080
the trouble here is: normal use of windows (using win7) while browsing and such looks atrocious, i've tweaked the tv settings so far so it's usually fine, but dark blue text gets extremely blurry and red text, especially on black and gray backgrounds has dirty ghosting effects, also, when i select text or move a window it affects almost half of the screen next to it and small text gets al jumpy
i've tried 3 different gfx cards a geforce 9800gt, the onboard g45 intel and now a radeon hd5550, the geforce looked the worst by far, but the other 2 i can't wrap my head around why it looks so dirty still, i've tried everything, disabled all the enhancements on the tv, put it on full pixel mode, tried underscan on gfx card and wide scaling, color temperatures, sharpness settings, everything, and i can't get red text on dark backgrounds to not smear/ghost and dark blue text sharp
as my tv is a pal model, i appear to not have some settings i've seen in the calibartions some people swear by as baseline, however they are most likely pitched towards blu-ray and dvd and gaming on consoles rather than using it as a monitor for windows, for instance the picture setting with a 0-100 value orso, isn't there, no white balance either, i know how to get to the "secret" menu with the remote combinations to set individual rgb values, but ofcourse i shouldn't mess with that too much as it affects too much other stuff in the overal colors
even when i use 720p 60hz on hdmi, it looks fine, i can use the tv to upscale the half size and it's perfectly fine like the vga was, but when i put it higher the blurry blues and ghosty reds start popping up, it's like the tv uses some preprocessiong anti-aliasing algoritm on its native resolution even with all enhancers off and sharpness on 0, any sharpness over 7 will give everything auras so between those values i've tried all combinations with no avail, also tried numerous settings on the gfx card utilities for both the ati and the nvidia
however i'm hdmi->hdmi hooked up, i didn't try dvi->hdmi yet, but as it's pin compatible and basically the same it shouldn't matter, should it?
is this just a quirk in the tv, and is it unable to show 1080p in windows without somehow preprocessing the input stuff as it gets jumpy and really picky with readability with the same font and text in other color ranges?
i assume there's nothing much i can do about it and at least the pal version of this tv makes for a pretty lousy monitor on resolutions higher than 720p, but as it's a full hd tv, shouldn't native actaully look waaay better, putting it on zoom with hd-ready settings on graphics looks awesome on text mode so appearantly the internal upscaler in the tv is top notch, but it's like it tries to scale even when it's on it's native 1080p causing quirks on basically the whole screen area to occur whenever something changes color or animates, obviously in games or full screen video it isn't really much noticable as it's moving all the time and all, but for windows use it really looks bad
also tried all kinds of font settings, no cleartype, other cleartype settings, i did notice though, pulling down color on the gfx card (for nvidia it's called digital vibrance) would cause it for the red to even out, but colors became so flat i couldn't fix that back with tv settings, really tried everything i could find on both software and tv end
is there actaully some firmware (yep, eu so i can't get jack from sony) or settings in that sneaky menu i could use to bypass this odd behaviour?
or does this one just make a crappy monitor on anything over 720p?
i know that menu kills warranty but hey, i'm past that anyway
oh and... sorry about the wall of text, but i wanted to get into detail, as it was really hard for me to find any information on this , at least for this specific model , found a thing or 2 but people didn't go into detail about that much so the answers i found, if any, were nothing i hadn't tried yet by then
if anyone has tried this as a 1080p resolution computer screen, noticed this kind of stuff, and foudn a way to fix it, or at least greatly reduce it, i think i'll have to fiddle with individual colors somewhat in order to fix the red a bit, but the blue stays blurry all the way
thanks in advance