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This would not be possible if Li On had not posted his 1:1 mapping in this thread. I simply am restating it in a little easier to follow way. You can check out the original:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=122054


Someone else asked me about how to do it, in an easier way than has been documented so I'm going to post this publicly and hopefully others can find it useful.


1. Get Powerstrip from www.entechtaiwan.com It is $30 and I've been able to use it for 2 years now with different displays I've tried to connect to (540p for a RPTV, 856x480 for AE100.) With the presets now, it is pretty easy to use. I hope Ashley will add a preset for the AE100, but it still isn't that bad :)


2. This step might not be necessary, but it takes a second and allows you to test out a bunch of resolutions very easily(ie 720p) with no work. It also helps if your HTPC will not take the custom resolution. You need to tell your computer that you have a widescreen monitor connected. The best victim for this is the Sony GDM-900W. To add this monitor, right click on your desktop and click properties. Click the Settings Tab, the Advanced Button, the Monitor tab, the Properties button. From this point on, it varies a little by operating system. Basically, choose new driver then select a specific model. The Manufacturer is Sony and the model is "GDM-900W." Hit Ok and apply a bunch to get back to the desktop.


PowerStrip

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3. Right click Powerstrip and go to Display Profiles then Configure. Click the Advance Timing Options button, then the Custom Resolutions button on the next cluttered screen. (This tripped me up because I was trying to change the settings at this screen which won't work. )


4. Make the screen look like the following. You do not need to adjust the horizontal refresh rate and don't worry if the pixel clock is not exactly the same. It should just be about 31Mhz.

http://www.namlemez.com/images/pstrip.gif


5. Hit Add new resolution and it should pop up a box saying the resolution was accepted and asking if you want to try it out. Do so and you are set, as far as the HTPC goes.


Calibrate Projector Timings

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You can just do Auto Setup on the projector (under the Picture Menu) to get it to fit. This is the quick and dirty way to fit the picture. To fully get the clock and phase right, follow the directions in this thread by Mark Rejhon:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...threadid=90884


Here is a direct link to the test pattern he made. Right click this and set it as your background. Make sure it is tiled, not stretched.

http://www.marky.com/files/hometheat...-and-phase.gif


Alternatively, here's a link to the file:
http://www.marky.com/files/hometheat...-and-phase.gif

Obviously I left out color calibration

That is something not specific to the AE100 or an HTPC. I would recommend getting the Video Essentials or AVIA DVD, or if you have the $$$, getting an experienced calibrator (ISF certified!) to do the final color tweak with a meter.
 

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I was thinking I might have to go download something too, but my plain Win98 installation found the info it needed for the Sony monitor in monitor7.inf...


The computer had been around awhile, it is possible it picked up the driver from somewhere else.
 

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THANK YOU!!!!!!

I've been sitting here all night with my brand new HTPC from AV Science......it WASN'T set up properly as promised......was going out of my mind trying to figure out what was wrong......10 minutes after reading this everything looks great!....Now....gotta figure out what all those extra wires are for.....but that can wait till next week......gotta go watch Harry Potter with the spousal unit.

Thanks Again,

Greg
 
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