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After many hours of trying I still haven't found an HDTV setting that works for AIW 9600 Pro. My goal is to use EASYLOOK on the HDTV, for TV, DVD Library etc., and still be able to run applications from time-to-time on the VGA, e.g. select items to record from the guide.


I came down to several that don't work:


1) Set HDTV to monitor 1 and the VGA as clone both with settings of 1920x1080. This is not bad but DVDs won't play and becuase of max res. of VGA monitor it has to pand around the virutal destop.


2) Set HDTV to monitor 1 and VGA to clone with HDTV at 704x480. In this case if the VGA resolution is any more than 704x480 the HDTV image is only a section of the VGA display, e.g. the top left quarter; ven when playing a DVD.


3) Extend the desktop from the HDTV to the VGA. In this case the icons are all on the HDTV and the mouse will not move on the VGA, it just sits at the edge and briefly appears if I drag the mouse very quicky to the side.


4) Run both VGA and HDTV at 704x480. In this case there just isn't enough information on the VGA to operate and, for example, the Monitor tab under Advanced is too big to get the mouse to the or buttons.


5) Set both the VGA and HDTV to 1920x1080 with the HDTV as primary and the VGA as clone. In this case EASYLOOK just comes up blank although from the sounds, something is working. Also, anytime I have got EASYLOOK to run in 1080 it won't play DVDs because of the Macrovision protection.


I would have though the best would be set VGA to a convenient resolution and HDTV to 704x480 then use extend desktop and flip between which is primary. But in this case the mouse doesn't work on the VGA and EASYLOOK comes up blank. It isn't that the HDTV outputs don't work, they do and look great but getting them to work with the VGA desktop has never happened.


Can it work, and if so what should the setting be?
 

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I had an AIW 9600 for a while, and never did find a configuration that seemed like it would work well for 50/50 usage as an HTPC core vs. standalone system viewed on a computer monitor.


Not much help here, but some sympathy anyway:


I got so sick of the damn AIW 9600 that I sent it back last week and have given up on the idea of HTPC, at least for the next year or two (somehow you still find me hanging out in this forum, though).


At least you don't seem to have the nasty crashing problems I did, even on a clean XP installation. And apparently the software user interface doesn't bother you quite as much as it did me.
 

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you need to run a program like dvdidle that strips away the macrovision from DVD's so that they can be played at higher resolutions. As for the AIW 9600, I have one that I run at 1280x720 but I only use my panasonic lcd rp without a secondary monitor.
 

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Originally posted by jayfl77
you need to run a program like dvdidle that strips away the macrovision from DVD's so that they can be played at higher resolutions. As for the AIW 9600, I have one that I run at 1280x720 but I only use my panasonic lcd rp without a secondary monitor.



How does stripping macrovision help you run DVD's at higher resolutions if the DVD's were encoded at 720x480? Doesn't whatever you do just smooth the picture and make it fuzzier rather than razor sharp?
 

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Richard Turnock,


Wouldn't running Powerstrip stop all those problems you had trying to get your monitor 1 and monitor 2 accept the proper inputs?? Did you try playing around with Powerstrip? I know that Powerstrip has a long learning curve, but it should work.....
 
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