Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: St. Louis/MO/USA
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First of all I would like to say Hello to everyone, I'm new.
Ok, this post will be long. So please read it all, so you can understand my question.
First of all, here are my Specs:
Compaq Presario 7000
Intel Pentium4 at 1.4Ghz
256mb Ram(DDR or RDR, something like that)
64mb Nvidia GrForce2 GTS/Pro w/Tv-Out Via S-Video-Out
32Gb Hard Drive
I think thats everything you should need.(?)
This is my setup:
I have my comp. Out-Putting S-Video to a 27" Zenith Analog Tv set. I'm doing this for a couple reasons. For one, I'm a big Emulation fan(To preserve games long after they are disscontinued), I'm not one of those guys who's into Emulation as a means of ripping companies off by playing thier favorite games for free. I feel it is a nessecity to preserve these games(Arcade), because many of them are Classics and as far as I'm concerned, pieces of art.
Anyway, enough EMU talk.
Anyway, as you might have guessed WindowsME is almost unusable trough a basic analog Tv. The Text alone makes it almost unusable. I had to change all my Display settings, trying to find a solution. I can only choose two Res. settings, 640x480(which I'm using) and 800x600(making my desktop the size of a lunchbox on my Tv). On my Monior it can handle something like 1245x750 and up with easy(obviously, it's a monitor after all). So, I tinkered with settings for awhile and windows is now at leaste usable, but all my icons and text are HUGE.(the arcade games look amazing, by the way).
So, I'm pretty content with what I have until I Load up 3d Studio MaxR3.1.(Yes, it's a LEGAL copy) And Oh my god, you wanna talk about an eye-soar! Basically Max works ok, but at a res. of 640x480 it's a pethetic site. All you Maxers out there, you know what I mean.
So them I found out that my GeForce2 Card can output DTV standerds to any analog Tv set if I buy a DTV reciever card.
So here are my questions:
1.)What are some "good quality at lowest cost" cards out there right now?
2.)Can a normal Analog Tv set really produce a display with a higher res.(like 800x600) when it's normaly only capable of 640x480(or less) with this setup+ a DTV Card?
3.)Is the image quality boost enough to warrent the DTV card purchase?
Any other info you gan give me would be great.
Thanks in advance