Originally Posted by rsx8409
I got it to work!! It ended up being an issue with the DVI settings in the ATI Catalyst Control Center. There is a box checked that says "Reduce frequency for high resolution displays" or something to that effect - if you uncheck it, it'll work!
However, I discovered this late last night and did not get a chance to test it out too much. I tried playing a couple of videos and they did "played," but there was no video on the screen. Hopefully it'll eventually work even though, as you said, the Radeon 9800 isn't HDCP compatible.
Also, hifi - this does do 1080p over component.
Thanks for all the help guys!
Oh my God! You are the man! I've been struggling to get other Windows XP resolutions to show up and now with your tip it does.
Before, only a select few would work (the rest would result in a black screen) but now that I unchecked that box, all but one now work!
For those of you playing at home here's a screenshot!
Since I am a PC Gamer at heart and have a home theater PC, this evening I tested every resolution my ATI X800XL has in Windows XP and at the same time, checked to see which View Modes on the Aquos were available.[Sidenote and some history: The main reason TigerDave.com and my Widescreen Gaming List was created in 2003 was so I could play PC titles on my 64" Pioneer Rear-Projetion HDTV. But since most games didn't support widescreen resolutions and since my Pioneer was super finicky about what Windows resolutions it would display, I created the site. Now with the Aquos, my headaches are coming to an end!]
All resolutions are 32-bit color, 60Hz refresh rate.
Available Aquos View Modes are in parenthesis:N = Normal
Z = Zoom
F = Full Screen
S = Stretch
SS = Smart Stretch
D = Dot-by-Dot
* = Custom Resolution created using ATI Catalyst
** = Custom resolution created using Entech PowerStrip back in 2003640x480 (N, Z, S, D)
800x600 (N, Z, S, D)
1024x768 (N, Z, S, D)
1152x864 (S, D, SS, Z)
*1216x684 (S, F, SS, Z)
1280x720 (S, F, SS, Z)
1280x768 (N, S, D)
1280x800 (S, D, SS, Z)
1280x960 (S, D, SS, Z)
1280x1024 (N, Z, S, D)
1360x768 (N, S, D)
1360x1024 (S, D, SS, Z)
1440x900 (S, D, SS, Z)
1600x1200 (DOES NOT DISPLAY)
1680x1050 (S, D, SS, Z)
**1776x1000 (S, D, SS, Z)
1920x1080 (S, D, SS, Z)
So as you can see, so certain View Modes are available in certain resolutions while not in others.
In "Dot-By Dot" mode, anything that isn't a scalable HD resolution (720 or 1080) will result in black borders on 2 or 4 sides of the picture. Furthermore, resolutions with 720 or 1080 lines will not offer a Dot-by-Dot mode, of course, because they automatically scale to fit the screen (720p) or are the native resolution of the screen (1920x1080).
Oh! Here's something I noticed (which is pretty amazing). The Sharp appears to recall what View Mode you set it to in each resolution! For example, if I set the View Mode to "Stretch" in one resolution, "Zoom" in another, and "Dot-by-Dot" in a third, it will recall those settings as I switch between them! Nice!
Another incredible thing is the fact that at 1920x1080 (Dot-by-Dot), I can still read the text. yes, it's tiny, but even from almost 11 feet away, I can still read all the text in Windows XP. I couldn't do that at 1920x1080i on my 64" Pioneer RPTV from 9 feet away. I always had to use 856x480 which was quite limiting -- especially when trying to surf the web.
The resolution I'm using (for now), is 1360x768 (in "Stretch" mode) since it's the closest to 16x9 (or 1.77:1 aspect ratio) while keeping 768 lines because some applications I run require 768 lines in order to see the entire interface.
And I should add that I have increased my "minimum font size" in FireFox to "16" point to make webpages a bit easier to read from across the room.
Hope this info helps!