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The difference between PC input (VGA) and video input (HDMI)

post #1 of 8
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I'm not sure how many of you will understand what I am speaking about here, but I'll give it a shot anyway.

I used to have an Olevia LT32HVE LCD. When I would hook up an HD source to it , such as an Xbox 360, the differences between component and VGA would be profound. Eventually I found an HDMI model of the 360 and found that the differences were equally striking in sharpness when hooked up through the DVI port.

When hooked up through either the VGA or DVI port, it gave very sharp "PC" look to the picture. Through component I found it to look kind grainy, aliased, and not as appealing. I thought this might just be the set or the quality of the cables, but recently I have tried out HDMI on some other LCDs at the store and to my surprise, it looks very similar to the component.

I also have a Pioneer plasma which allows me to choose through DVI from the menu for the output to be PC (for the sharper computer-like picture I mentioned earlier) or video, which is technically supposed to be the correct setting for DVDs and video ouput, but gives the duller component/ HDMI picture I'm seeing on all these other sets.

Now I am looking for another LCD and I desperately want to get the PC-like look to the set while being connected through HDMI, however all the ones I try at the store are giving the look I got through component on the old Olevia/ setting to "video" on my Pioneer 507cmx.

For the record, I have not tried through VGA at the store to see if that did give the PC-like sharpness on some of these newer sets. However, I would really like to get this level of sharpness when connected through HDMI/DVI as I did on the Olevia.

Does anyone know what I am talking about? Is there an internal setting that can be switched to make the picture look like that sharp PC look which made it look almost identical to looking at a PC monitor? I'm fairly sure it's a setting within the TV as my Pioneer has showed I can switch between the two when I am connected through DVI/HDMI. I could not find a similar setting on the TVs at the store though.
post #2 of 8
I have a Samsung LNT 5271 and there is a menu setting enabling "PC Mode" for the HDMI input. Enabling this mode makes for PC monitor type clarity.

I believe all the xx71 Samsung sets have this feature...I think that was your question.
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Originally Posted by rprice99 View Post

I have a Samsung LNT 5271 and there is a menu setting enabling "PC Mode" for the HDMI input. Enabling this mode makes for PC monitor type clarity.

I believe all the xx71 Samsung sets have this feature...I think that was your question.

Thank you so much. These were exactly the models I was interested in too. I can't wait to check it out.

For clarification, can you let me know where this setting is in the menu? Is it under picture settings?

Do you use this setting? Do you know about the PC-like clarity I was speaking of?
post #4 of 8
I have a samsung 4671F and have found that DVI-HDMI works much better than D-SUB (vga cable). I also do not use the PC mode on the TV. The most important think is getting a 1:1 pixel mapping. Meaning the PC is sending the native resolution of the TV. This above all else will give you the sharpness you are talking about.

For 720p TV's, generally D-SUB is the way to go since the LCD's native resolution is normally 1366x768. HDMI does not support this resolution so you cannot get perfect 1:1 pixel mapping over an HDMI cable. Using D-SUB the TV will accept this. With a native 1080p (1920x1080) television use HDMI, as it supports this resolution.
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Originally Posted by JeffD33 View Post

I have a samsung 4671F and have found that DVI-HDMI works much better than D-SUB (vga cable). I also do not use the PC mode on the TV. The most important think is getting a 1:1 pixel mapping. Meaning the PC is sending the native resolution of the TV. This above all else will give you the sharpness you are talking about.

For 720p TV's, generally D-SUB is the way to go since the LCD's native resolution is normally 1366x768. HDMI does not support this resolution so you cannot get perfect 1:1 pixel mapping over an HDMI cable. Using D-SUB the TV will accept this. With a native 1080p (1920x1080) television use HDMI, as it supports this resolution.

I'm not sure if your'e quite understanding what I'm talking about.

I actually did try out a 71 series at the store yesterday with an Xbox 360. Even set to 1080p on a native 1080p set, I wasn't getting that PC sharpness I was looking for. i did get that PC sharpness through HDMI on my other 1366x768 sets though when set to PC mode (Or in the Olevias case, this was the default when using VGA or DVI).

It didn't really have anything to do with me preferring VGA over HDMI/DVI or anything like that. Especially since I know HDMI/DVI is capable of doing the PC look I'm speaking of. I just couldnt get it going on any of the newer sets. it looked more similar to component than PC if that makes any sense.

I will try it out now that I know about this PC mode through HDMI. I am anxious to see if it works as it sounded like the other guy understood what I was speaking of.
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Originally Posted by JeffD33 View Post

I have a samsung 4671F and have found that DVI-HDMI works much better than D-SUB (vga cable). I also do not use the PC mode on the TV. The most important think is getting a 1:1 pixel mapping. Meaning the PC is sending the native resolution of the TV. This above all else will give you the sharpness you are talking about.

For 720p TV's, generally D-SUB is the way to go since the LCD's native resolution is normally 1366x768. HDMI does not support this resolution so you cannot get perfect 1:1 pixel mapping over an HDMI cable. Using D-SUB the TV will accept this. With a native 1080p (1920x1080) television use HDMI, as it supports this resolution.

My pc is using DSUB on my 5271 and my desktop automatically changed its resolution to 1920x1080 and is very clear.
post #7 of 8
Hi

My Pioneer plasma PDP 427-XA (don't know the name of the US model, but it is generation 7, generation 8 PDP 428 is out now in europe) 1024*768 pixels panel.

PC with Radeon X700 grapics card--DVI-HDMI cable-->PLASMA

I use www.omegadrivers.net drivers. Much more stable than the ATI crap.

Is there a way to change so that the pc outputs video signals 720p/1080i resolution instead of "pc signal" 720p/1080i ?

If someone knows where to find it in the settings?

The HDMI supports 720p/1080i and 1080p 24 from some Blue Ray players

I would like to solve the overscan problem (the windows desktop is eather to big or to small, black borders and the icons are hard to read. Does anyone know if Nvidia has this feature?
post #8 of 8
Yeah id die to know too. Terrible overscaning on my pdp-427xd via hdmi from htpc. The image just wont fit.
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