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Hi all - Just wondering if anyone else did this...


I have a 6-year old 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV (1280x768) in a spare room that I have a lower-end PC hooked up to.


Now one of my favorite things is watching DVDs in a window while surfing the web. This works *way* better at 1920x1080 desktop resolution than 1280x720... so I decided to try setting the desktop resolution to 1080i with this old TV.


Surprisingly.. it looks pretty good! Not near as crisp as a on a 1080p native screen, but definitely usable. Video looks perfect, but text is kind of fuzzy.


Does anyone else do this, or have tips for improving the image further? I can read web pages just fine... but small text can make you feel a little squinty.
 

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at the end of the day, you are still actually only seeing 1280x768.. the TV converts any signal it gets to its native resolution which is 1280x768 ...


you always have 2 options here, feed your TV with 1280x768 which means your PC does the "scaling" for what ever DVD, video you have

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feed the TV 720p, 1080i or whatever accepted signal and let it do the job of scaling it back to 1280x768....


which ever device does the better job would be the choice..
 

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Oh the TV is definitely scaling the image no matter what I send it.


(It definitely does not have 1:1 pixel mapping, and has major overscan I can't turn off to boot. It won't even accept a 1280x768 signal...even though that's it's native resolution.)


Still, if you set your Windows desktop resolution to 1920x1080i, you still get way more usable screen real-estate than with a 1280x720p desktop resolution... it just looks fuzzier as the TV is showing the 1920x1080 detail with it's 1280x768 physical pixels.


I found that it helps to increase the icon and text size in Windows, but surfing the web you still encounter instances of really small, very fuzzy text.


Thanks for the input!
 
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