Originally Posted by gemada
i followed the steps and all went well until step 10. when i did step 10, my tv goes blank and says "unsupported signal". Can anyone tell me their custom powerstrip settings so i can compare? thanks!
I believe I have an answer for those of you that want a good quality PC display on your KDS-A2000 Sony HDTV, without the huge waste of space that the Sony-recommended setting of 1280x768 gives you on the VGA input (roughly 30% of screen unused). It's an alternative to what GhettoD proposed (1824x1020), as I seem to experience issues with getting his method to work with my ATI based laptops (Sony TV displays a complaint that it's not a supported resolution no matter what tweaks in PowerStrip I tried).
See attached pdf for detailed information, including walk-thru of exact PowerStrip configuration. I plan to also post a picture of VGA versus HDMI PC displays on my KDS-55A2000 soon.
Others may have luck with my proposed, on-the-cheap and fairly simple method of getting crisp PC video on the KDS-A2000s with a small black border all around (about 1.5" of black), far surpassing the clarity and size of the meager PC VGA input. If somebody figures out a way to get multiple brands of video cards to reliably display without overscan cropping, ideally without any 3rd party software or registry hacking, I'm certainly all for that. Meanwhile, here's what I've found works for me.
Displaying my PC video really comes in handy when my consoles won't render a certain content, like Macromedia flash (Wii), or my old Adobe Photoshop album-created pdf slideshows with sound. And despite my Xbox 360 and its impressive Media Center extender abilities, and my TiVos ability to do music and sound too, sometimes I just wish I could display a full PC to an audience in my family room. Gets around DRM issues too.
Well, I've come up with a cheap, and fairly easy way to do this, likely with less than an hour of initial setup, and perhaps extensible to many others who have the
\tPC with DVI output
\tKDS-A2000 series TV, with available HDMI input
\tPowerstrip 3.73 from http://www.entechtaiwan.net/util/ps.shtm
, for XP
Details of my tested hardware configuration:
\tIBM ThinkPad T30 and T41, both with ATI chipset, and both with 1400x1050 LCD displays
\tlatest ATI Video Drivers as recommended by Lenovo ThinkVantage System Update as of Jan 12 2007 (no hacked or special driver used)
\tT41 2373-9FU used ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 with 5/25/2005 22.214.171.12446 driver
\tT30 2366-GU1 used ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 with 5/25/2005 126.96.36.19946
\tclearer picture than VGA input, with vivid and accurate color rendition
\tno special driver needed (for ATI anyhow)
\tfast less wasted space
\table to remotely control with reasonably common PCs, without resorting to scaling
\tonce configured in Powerstrip, easy to re-apply, and doesn't require IBM/Lenovo Presentation Director
\tyou can do 600x800 fine externally with black bars at the edges and no need for PowerStrip software, but 1152x648 will look better of course and fill the screen far better
\tdoesn't quite meet the edge of screen, roughly 5% of screen is wasted
\tstill need to do minor tweaks to get image centered, just during initial PowerStrip setup
\tif using a laptop, need to toggle to external only monitor, prior to setting PowerStrip to proper mode
I wish I could have gotten the "Gemada" suggested 1824x1020 resolution working, as that would use the 1080i mode of the TV instead of the 720p mode
If doing dual-desktop, can't seem to get PowerPoints or other full-screen apps to behave, as they apparently expect "standard" resolutions, as the secondary display only shows ~2/3 of the content. So, given it's a single screen, dealing with blank local PC/laptop screen can be made easier by either:
\tusing remote control software (LogMeIn.com or VNC or similar app) on a WiFi connected laptop, to facilitate control of what is onscreen on the TV
\tusing a wireless mouse/keyboard, and directly controlling the onscreen display
1152x648 PC display using the 720p mode of Sony KDS-A2000 and a DVI to HDMI cable 2007-01-13.pdf 382.3466796875k . file