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Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   11-17-2009, 06:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,165
Posted By Pamel
One other thing I should have mentioned,...

One other thing I should have mentioned, probably half of the content watched on it is likely to be 4:3 content, and neither of us like watching that stretched.

This paragraph from the manual...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   11-17-2009, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,165
Posted By Pamel
I see the Samsung PN50B530 is available in a...

I see the Samsung PN50B530 is available in a Black Friday Ad (forgot to mention I'm in central Texas) that would let me get it for $100 under budget locally. Is there difference between the two...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   11-16-2009, 11:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,165
Posted By Pamel
The wife has agreed that our 20" CRT is killing...

The wife has agreed that our 20" CRT is killing us so we can get a nice TV (as long as it doesn't break the bank). I haven't much of a clue as to what would be good right now, so I'd really...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2009, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
Note: CoreAVC supports decoding h.264 using CUDA...

Note: CoreAVC supports decoding h.264 using CUDA on most GeForce 8x00 cards and above. The MPC-HC DXVA decoder works on a variety of ATI, nVidia, and Intel cards. I read one place that the MPC-HC...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2009, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
I ended up finding an old Shuttle XPC SB51G,...

I ended up finding an old Shuttle XPC SB51G, which is a Pentium 4 with a PCI and AGP slot. I bought a GeForce 8400GS PCI card (as I couldn't find a recent enough nVidia AGP card) with the intention...
Forum: Digital Recorders (PVRs) General   08-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pamel
Okay, I think we've decided on the Magnavox...

Okay, I think we've decided on the Magnavox H2080MW8, which has a harddrive and a DVD recorder, and can be had refurbished for ~$130.

The next cheapest with a hard drive is the Magnavox H2160MW9A...
Forum: Digital Recorders (PVRs) General   08-01-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pamel
Do you have any recommendations for a model? My...

Do you have any recommendations for a model? My search fu is failing to get me a decent list to compare.
Forum: Digital Recorders (PVRs) General   07-31-2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pamel
My dad has a large CRT that he isn't planning on...

My dad has a large CRT that he isn't planning on replacing, and they don't want to pay for cable. They are using a digital tuner fine, but the VCR isn't cutting it as you can't specify a channel to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2009, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
Hmmm... I do like getting the latest features,...

Hmmm... I do like getting the latest features, but I also hate getting burned by new hardware designs that don't quite work.

I really wish finding a cheap quality case were easier. I hate the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2009, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
Quote:Originally Posted by renethx...

Quote:Originally Posted by renethx http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/16874459)

The difference is the chipset: 780G vs 785G, that is reflected in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
Okay, so get a discrete graphics card to do the...

Okay, so get a discrete graphics card to do the analog video. Is ATI better at configuring NTSC video? I remember fighting with settings back in the day to get the edges of the screen pulled in some...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2009, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Pamel
I need some component suggestions (primarily...

I need some component suggestions (primarily motherboard) for my situation described below:

I'm building an HTPC for playback on a small CRT TV, but I'm planning on getting a new HDTV in the next...
Forum: Rear Projection Units   06-02-2008, 02:40 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 89,606
Posted By Pamel
Quote:Originally Posted by MarkGSportsNut...

Quote:Originally Posted by MarkGSportsNut http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/12819762)

- Are there any firmware upgrades that can or need to be...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   10-01-2007, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8,829
Views: 1,524,462
Posted By Pamel
I'm in TWC-Austin, and here's the current...

I'm in TWC-Austin, and here's the current software versions here.
Code:
Name Version Q DateROM Image 1.5.2.1404 F 05/23/07OS 6.14.85.1 05/09/07 SARA ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-28-2007, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
Quote:Originally Posted by umdivx...

Quote:Originally Posted by umdivx http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/11743381)

1. Most ppl use the TV to adjust colors and contrast and all that,...
Forum: Video Processors   09-27-2007, 06:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 886
Posted By Pamel
Indeed. I don't even see a VGA DB-15 connector...

Indeed. I don't even see a VGA DB-15 connector anywhere on any of the products, let alone the two required to scale from one to the other. Cool products though.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-27-2007, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
1. I only have controls to adjust...

1. I only have controls to adjust colors/contrast/etc for overlay.

2. Overlay uses the least amount of CPU and the old Dell PC that I'm using is right on the edge of fast enough so every bit...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2007, 07:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
Okay, this is weird, I do have a GeForce 4600. I...

Okay, this is weird, I do have a GeForce 4600. I was poking around and there was a setting that wasn't available before to "Resize HDTV Desktop", and it did exactly what I was asking about. I have...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
@skepticon: So if I go out and buy a GeForce...

@skepticon: So if I go out and buy a GeForce 7200GS for $40, I should be able to do exactly what I want?

@archibael: I'm trying to get my video card to essentially output this over the DVI:...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2007, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
I'm currently running Windows XP SP2 for the OS....

I'm currently running Windows XP SP2 for the OS.

The video card is an nVidia GeForce 4 and I'm using the ForceWare 93.71 WHQL drivers. I can get a new video card though, and I don't care what...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2007, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1,876
Views: 247,085
Posted By Pamel
Is there a sticky or some such that lists the...

Is there a sticky or some such that lists the current state of recording encrypted content to a PC? Things like OS options, software options, hardware options, limitations, etc?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2007, 11:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pamel
My TV does overscan on it's HDMI inputs. It has...

My TV does overscan on it's HDMI inputs. It has two options that either really overscan the image or really underscan it. I'm using a computer on one of the HDMI inputs (DVI to HDMI cable) so the...
Forum: Rear Projection Units   09-25-2007, 01:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,672
Posted By Pamel
Thanks for all of the replies and suggestions,...

Thanks for all of the replies and suggestions, very informative.

We ended up going with the:
Mitsubishi WD-65733 (http://mitsubishitv.com/j/i/18326/TelevisionDetails/WD65733.html?cid=5385)
...
Forum: Video Processors   09-25-2007, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 886
Posted By Pamel
For our video distribution system we convert...

For our video distribution system we convert everything to run over a regular DB-15 VGA PC cables/signals. However, our monitors have a maximum display of 1680x1050. If someone hooks up a laptop...
Forum: Rear Projection Units   09-14-2007, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,672
Posted By Pamel
I'm flexible to the type of display, but I would...

I'm flexible to the type of display, but I would like something that supports HDMI/HDCP and 1080p for future compatibility when I decide to get some sort of HD disc player. Right now it'll just be...
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