Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada
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There has only been one way to game for me and thats on TV. I recently started looking into HDTV's and decided this would be an amazing way to step up big screen PC TV gaming.
I got the Sony KV-32HS500 with DVI and dual component in, I have the ATI 9700pro with DVI out. I knew nothing about HDTV timings, I always thought they work like standard TV's and resolution would be the normal factor. I made sure to get the ATI dongle along with a DVI-D cable because most HDTV makers stress how the DVI is not meant for PC. I figured the Dongle would have all the functions to handle screen res and size in software like CRT/TV does, since they are advertising and selling it separately. I tried the DVI out direct and got 640x480 but it was dark and it was the only res available, I figured thats normal, cause its not supported by the TV maker anyway. I used the dongle and I was shocked that all the resolutions were displayed wrong on the TV, with under-scan and virtual desktops, with no way to correct the problem in the control panel, like you can with TV/CRT.
I did searches on Rage3d and saw the links to AVS. Up to that point I figured it was a lost cause for HDTV, as the future driver releases had no mention of DVI/HDTV and the fact that it wasn't supported at present. I tried PS briefly before, thinking it was just an over-scan/under-scan program (still not knowing about HDTV timings) and it didn't work. I arrived to this site and read the Karnis post and was amazed at all the info I was missing about HDTV workings. I started from the top and followed the instructions and now I have multiple working, close to perfect scan resolutions. All of this, working amazingly from the DVI out on the graphics card straight to the DVI in on the HDTV (I'd say at least this models DVI is PC ready).
Large respect goes out to Karnis for the amount of time and effort the was put into making up that HDTV PS timing guide, taking away potential years of struggle. Respect goes out to every other poster who added to the rest of HDTV solution, now I and others can continue gaming until Graphics Card drivers are released to properly execute HDTV/DVI display.
I have edited some of the timings for closer scan coverage on my 4:3, others with the same model/brand may or may not benefit from them.