Originally Posted by Mr Bob
Depends on the brand and its design. On Pioneers, each of the colors can be made to disappear in the service menu completely, leaving the rest still showing. On a Mit the non-used color gets diminished but never completely disappears. Nor does the internal grid. You just have to ignore it and concentrate on the masterful grid you are sending in there - the one with fine mid-light-level lines, at average light levels. Unlike the internal grid, which is way too hot and way to thick for any high precision convergence work. And being of different light level from your actual video content, it actually lies to you and causes you to slightly misdo your convergence. Only same light level grids vs. content will produce same light level success, grids vs. content.
Now, if I do convergence in the service menu, is there any learning curve or anything I should know or tips or a guide I should read before "jumping in", or is it all straightforward based on what is in the service guide?
Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast
Pick the version you need. The download is an iso file that burns an AVCHD disc that plays in most BDPs. I think there's a compatability chart further in the thread.
I have an old version for my HDP, but, for some reason, they've removed that link.
I don't have a BlueRay Disc player or drive actually. I use an original Xbox softmodded with the excellent media center software, XBMC (XBMC4XBOX.org - also available for Windows, Linux, Macintosh Operating System, and more on the 0ld XBMC site, XBMC.org if you don't own an original Xbox). The Xbox is slightly limited in what it can play (inside is a 733Mhz Pentium 3 and 64MB of RAM on a system who hasn't been specially upgraded which still maxes out with 1.3Ghz and 128MB of RAM).
I did however take a look at the file last week (some helpful patterns in there) and found a picture file that looked really helpful for convergence (the one with the red, green, and blue boxes all around). I'll give that one a try and put it up (I think the Xbox hardware can display the 1920X1080 image files just fine at 1080i) when I have a look at the service menu convergence.
If you're ever looking for a low cost HD media center device and don't have/can't get/can't afford a "Home theater computer", the original Xbox still has a lot of life left in it if you can mod it and put a copy of XBMC on it. The best part is that the Xbox can be purchased for a low 40-50 dollar retail pricetag (used) plus the small cost of softmodding or chipping it. Many times you can get them for less even. The PS2, Dreamcast, and GameCube are not capable HD media centers like the original Xbox is. There's some stuff that XBMC can do that you can't even do on Xbox 360. It's really amazing how they still build XBMC for that ten year old machine (nobody was even thinking about HDTV or high resolution media files back then. Nobody even had the bandwidth to download anything bigger than a few megabytes).
Now really is the time for those stuck with standard def sets to upgrade without the excuse of cost. The helpful users here on AVS and over at XBMC4XBOX.org have independently kept older technologies going to bring people like us excellent quality HD entertainment at a fraction of the cost of buying an "off the store shelf" media center (television and media center). The economy may be in the dumper right now, but we're still able to do more than ever for less than ever with the astronomical reduction of the cost of those two essential HD media center items.
- 2 Bunny