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post #31 of 3843
1768x992 was mentioned in the release, I just cut and pasted from the release. This resolution is for sets that don't have a 1:1 pixel mode aka Full Pixel mode. It uses the same timings as 1920x1080i that is why the Sony set reports 1080i when you choose this resolution. Based on what is written it mentions that you have the option of switching interlace resolutions to progressive. Since 1920x1080i is as a valid resolution then you may be able to switch it as well to progressive and it should be listed in the section mentioned in the release.
post #32 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

1768x992 was mentioned in the release, I just cut and pasted from the release. This resolution is for sets that don't have a 1:1 pixel mode aka Full Pixel mode. It uses the same timings as 1920x1080i that is why the Sony set reports 1080i when you choose this resolution. Based on what is written it mentions that you have the option of switching interlace resolutions to progressive. Since 1920x1080i is as a valid resolution then you may be able to switch it as well to progressive and it should be listed in the section mentioned in the release.

Imws,
from what I recall i have searched thru that "List All Modes" list of resolutions and while they list 1080i as a valid resolution (which I then promptly selected, in addition to setting Full Pixel mode to true on the Sony TV), they do not list at all 1080p. This is true even if I uncheck the "Hide modes that this monitor cannot display".

I guess I'm confused as to why such a high end HTPC costing $3300 claiming to be "Full HD 1080" would just not do 1080p straight out of the box. Especially since it's connected to a SONY HDMI monitor.
post #33 of 3843
you have a valid point it should support 1080p out of the box. perhaps you should try to return it, the price has dropped already... and by the time it does have the right driver to support 1080p it may be quite a bit less.
post #34 of 3843
...they state it can only do 1080i. So much for the "Full HD 1080" sticker. More like
"Full of ****". I feel like returning this thing.
post #35 of 3843
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Originally Posted by rangerx83 View Post

...they state it can only do 1080i. So much for the "Full HD 1080" sticker. More like
"Full of ****". I feel like returning this thing.

I think the point we are trying to make is that any limitation is only temporary.....
post #36 of 3843
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Originally Posted by ToddD View Post

I think the point we are trying to make is that any limitation is only temporary.....


That may be so, but this is still a case of false advertising on Sony's part. They should not have placed the "Full HD 1080" sticker on it, as it implies 1080p. Had I known that it only did 1080i, I would have waited until the limitations were worked out.
post #37 of 3843
ranger did you download the latest drivers? There was a new one posted on 5/2. There is another thread in this forum about the nVidia 8800 and 1080p not working. After installing the new driver 1080p/60 was started to work. This is the same driver for the GPU in the VGX-XL3.
post #38 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

ranger did you download the latest drivers? There was a new one posted on 5/2. There is another thread in this forum about the nVidia 8800 and 1080p not working. After installing the new driver 1080p/60 was started to work. This is the same driver for the GPU in the VGX-XL3.


Really? I've got to check it out... Just get it from the nvidia website right?
post #39 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

ranger did you download the latest drivers? There was a new one posted on 5/2. There is another thread in this forum about the nVidia 8800 and 1080p not working. After installing the new driver 1080p/60 was started to work. This is the same driver for the GPU in the VGX-XL3.


This is an embarassing question but is the VGX-XL3 use 32 bit or 64 bit vista/ They have 2 different version drivers...
post #40 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

ranger did you download the latest drivers? There was a new one posted on 5/2. There is another thread in this forum about the nVidia 8800 and 1080p not working. After installing the new driver 1080p/60 was started to work. This is the same driver for the GPU in the VGX-XL3.


Thanks, it worked!
post #41 of 3843
Congratulations! I'm glad it worked out for you...
post #42 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

Congratulations! I'm glad it worked out for you...

Thank you for helping out. Really .You also prevented another person form returning it due to the 1080i/1080p issue..
No more flickering, fonts look great, picture is supersharp, it rocks!

Thanks again!!!!

x83
post #43 of 3843
Can't wait to pick one up for my home theater.

one question for you, how quiet is the VGX-XL3 once you have media center running and you're watching videos etc. say for at least an hour? Does the noise level increase at all? I was shocked at how quiet this machine is just running Vista.
post #44 of 3843
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Originally Posted by imws View Post

Can't wait to pick one up for my home theater.

one question for you, how quiet is the VGX-XL3 once you have media center running and you're watching videos etc. say for at least an hour? Does the noise level increase at all? I was shocked at how quiet this machine is just running Vista.

It's incredibly quiet, no matter how long it's been on. Why were you so concerned about this?
post #45 of 3843
This HTPC looks very interesting to me, especially since I have a Sony Bravia LCD. The biggest issue I have with the XL3 is the fact that they put in two 250GB drives in a RAID-0 set to get to the 500GB stated capacity. I can't figure out why they would do that. Why not just include a single 500GB drive and leave one bay available for expansion? I just don't get that.

Also, for those of you who have one, can you please tell me what the make and model of the TV tuner card is? I'm pretty sure it has to be the new ATI card, since it's the only one I know of that has cable-card support, but Sony doesn't list it on their site.

Thanks.
post #46 of 3843
Also, does it have QAM tuner capability?
post #47 of 3843
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Originally Posted by rangerx83 View Post

It's incredibly quiet, no matter how long it's been on. Why were you so concerned about this?

Just because I've never encounted a media center pc that was quiet enough for me. I was skeptical about the VGX-XL3 after about an hour of use playing videos etc. It's good to know that it minds it's manners so to speak and stays quiet for as long as you have it on.
post #48 of 3843
On more question for you owners... what do you think of the remote? Nice? Just okay?

Is the remote backlit?

Thanks.
post #49 of 3843
How is the RAID implemented on it? Hardware or software?

Thanks!
post #50 of 3843
Sorry I keep coming up with more questions...

Are the hard drives SATA I or SATA II?
post #51 of 3843
Sheesh! I really need to get to a Sony store to see one of these.

But in the meantime, another question. It of course has HDMI output on the back. Does that HDMI output inlude the audio signal? Or do you have to run a seperate cable for audio?

Thanks again!
post #52 of 3843
The remote is okay.......functional not backlit
post #53 of 3843
HDMI does include audio and you can run audio via optical out
post #54 of 3843
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Originally Posted by Ralph3 View Post

On more question for you owners... what do you think of the remote? Nice? Just okay?

Is the remote backlit?

Thanks.

The remote is just okay. Nothing fancy about it at all. Just a standard media center remote control.
post #55 of 3843
Thanks, Ranger.

If I may ask, what is the make/model of the hard drives and the TV tuner card?
post #56 of 3843
I just picked up an XL3 and have the following issues.

1 - I downloaded the latest NVIDIA drivers, when I show all display modes I only have options that state (interlaced) there are no progressive options. How did you get progressive to work?

2 - I get windows sounds out of the XL3 to my Pany via HDMI. However, no TV or DVD sounds.

3 - No sound at all from the optical out to my receiver.

4 - Cablecard pulled from the Pany inserted into XL3, XL3 states no card is inserted. Called cable co to have the card reprovisioned but the XL3 does not think a card is inserted, so the cable company cannot re-provision the card.

Help!

I also have a souped up XL1 but purchased the XL3 for the cablecard.
post #57 of 3843
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Originally Posted by aharding View Post

I just picked up an XL3 and have the following issues.

1 - I downloaded the latest NVIDIA drivers, when I show all display modes I only have options that state (interlaced) there are no progressive options. How did you get progressive to work?

2 - I get windows sounds out of the XL3 to my Pany via HDMI. However, no TV or DVD sounds.

3 - No sound at all from the optical out to my receiver.

4 - Cablecard pulled from the Pany inserted into XL3, XL3 states no card is inserted. Called cable co to have the card reprovisioned but the XL3 does not think a card is inserted, so the cable company cannot re-provision the card.

Help!

I also have a souped up XL1 but purchased the XL3 for the cablecard.

Have you seen this?:
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/VGXXL3.pdf
post #58 of 3843
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Originally Posted by aharding View Post

I just picked up an XL3 and have the following issues.

1 - I downloaded the latest NVIDIA drivers, when I show all display modes I only have options that state (interlaced) there are no progressive options. How did you get progressive to work?

I would stick with the Sony 98.13 drivers for now.

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2 - I get windows sounds out of the XL3 to my Pany via HDMI. However, no TV or DVD sounds.

From memory: Right click the Vista systray speaker icion, Playback Devices, double click on the digital device shown, untick DD and DTS as your TV does not support them. You should now get TV sound. I do on my Sharp Aquos 52" LCD.

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4 - Cablecard pulled from the Pany inserted into XL3, XL3 states no card is inserted. Called cable co to have the card reprovisioned but the XL3 does not think a card is inserted, so the cable company cannot re-provision the card.

Is the CableCard inserted the right way? For my CableCard (Comcast) it goes it "upside down" such that the serial number info on the card is facing up as it slides into the cablecard slot on the device.
post #59 of 3843
I CAN CONFIRM I GOT MY VGX-XL3 TO RUN IN 1080P!!!!!!!
I have a westinghouse 43' 1080p, and when I go to the options menu it says 1920x1080p 60 hz!!!

This is what I did:
Updated to the newest nvidia drivers, updated to Vista Ultimate (probably not necessary, but I wanted remote desktop).

Then there is a program that sony installs called Resolution, run the setup utlity. Switch the 1080 option to 1920x1080 instead of 1780 or whatever the other option is.

Now run the Resolution utlity, and select 1080!!!!! BOOM, FULL 1080P!!!!

Happy 1080Pin! GO SONY!
post #60 of 3843
I loose sound when I play Blue-Ray Discs at 1080p. Have not fooled around yet or looked for fixes, will keep posted. Also I'm connected to the TV using the HDMI cable that came with the computer (Audio/Video). It might be looking for another source of external audio, but I don't have external speakers to test it out with.
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