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I hooked up my HTPC to the Akai, and configured powerstrip for 848X480, and the plasma looked great with 1:1 mapping. I couldn't figure out how to get it working with DVI though - perhaps my AIW 8500 card only does DVI analog. I didn't have much time to play with it.
 

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I haven't had any luck with that. I have the Akai PDP4290 and use an HTPC with an ATI Radeon 9000 pro connected with a DVI -> VGA converter into the VGA port on the plasma. When I run in 640x480 mode, the text looks very clean. At 848x480, the screen is clearly being converted to another resolution. When I run 848x480 in and check the resolution on the plasma (there's a status option in the menu) it shows VGA input at 640x480.


I think that the VGA input in the Akai expects 640x480 and forces an internal mapping to the native resolution of the display. When you put in 848x480, the akai still converts it. It appears to convert from 848x480 down to 640x480 then back to 848x480 and there are significant losses in quality as seen in any text.


So, I think 1:1 mapping in the 4290 is essentially not possible using the VGA input. I use 848x480 when watching movies since it's a 16:9 format which reduces the black bars for a lot of content.


When I need clear text, I use 640x480 since I am not watching movies at that time.
 

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I haven't had any luck with that. I have the Akai PDP4290 and use an HTPC with an ATI Radeon 9000 pro connected with a DVI -> VGA converter into the VGA port on the plasma. When I run in 640x480 mode, the text looks very clean. At 848x480, the screen is clearly being converted to another resolution. When I run 848x480 in and check the resolution on the plasma (there's a status option in the menu) it shows VGA input at 640x480.


I think that the VGA input in the Akai expects 640x480 and forces an internal mapping to the native resolution of the display. When you put in 848x480, the akai still converts it. It appears to convert from 848x480 down to 640x480 then back to 848x480 and there are significant losses in quality as seen in any text.


So, I think 1:1 mapping in the 4290 is essentially not possible using the VGA input. I use 848x480 when watching movies since it's a 16:9 format which reduces the black bars for a lot of content.


When I need clear text, I use 640x480 since I am not watching movies at that time.
I previously had the Akai 4290. Go to www.marky.com and follow the instructions. I was able to get a good image in 848x480 mode using an ATI AIW Radeon 32MB using the DVI to VGA adapter supplied with the card. We did almost all our house shopping before moving to Texas in 848x480, and the virtual home tours were in correct aspect ratio. One other hint is to use 856x480 instead, and not worry about the 4 pixel columns lost above the native res, but one person had better success getting one to one mapping, and said it was better than 848x480. I didn't see this hint in time to try it myself.


I will say though, with my Panny 6UY, and DVI, the image is clearer in terms of fonts, etc.
 
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