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I know there a bazillion threads out there but I can't find anything to help me address my issue.

I just built a new HTPC, the MB is an ASUS P5E-VM HDMI -- it has an onboard graphics chip, intel X3500 which says it can do 1920x1080 via HDMI, but when I select that setting after it's hooked up to my plasma it's unusable.

I can scale down to something tiny and it's not all fuzzy.


Fortunately when I play a video in VMC, those seem to fill the whole screen and look great (and that's the primary purpose of this machine) but... I would like to be outside the VMC UI and not be scared for my life.


Any thoughts?

TV is a Sony 42" plasma, KDE-42XS5955 if that helps....

thanks for any help, this is driving me a little bonkers.

If I need to get a separate video card or something I can and would listen to the recommendations here.

I tried to make some adjustments with powerstrip, but didn't have any luck



thanks,

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As long as your outputting a resolution over HDMI that your Sony TV manual says it will accept over HDMI what program you are using to output it does not matter.

When you say you are outputting 1920x1080 do you mean 1080i/30 or 1080p/60 or 1080p/24 or 1080p/30?
 

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thanks walford.

Real answer: I don't know.

I presume I'm (trying) to output 1080i/30, but it looks like crap.

the manual I have for the sony only says:


HDMI IN Video 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i


and


1024 pixels (horizontal) × 1024 pixels (vertical)


which I'm presuming is really 1024 x 512 since it's interlaced, but I have to admit I'm treading in new water here.


thanks so much for any help.

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Originally Posted by dravenstone /forum/post/14255481


TV is a Sony 42" plasma, KDE-42XS5955 if that helps....

If you mean KDE-42XS955, it's a 1366x768 plasma and does not support 1080p. So if the specs are right, you won't be able to send 1920x1080 / 60 Hz non-interlaced (the default when you select 1920x1080 in Windows) and see an image.


Don't pick 1080i (1920x1080 interlaced), as all the scaling and deinterlacing will make the desktop look like crap.


Your best bet is to try native resolution at 1360x768 or 1368x768 / 60 Hz. If you can't get that to work, try 1280x720 / 60 Hz (720p); it will have some undesirable scaling artifacts but it will probably look better than 1080i.
 

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For a 1366x768 set the best resolution to send over HDMI is 720p since the smallest amount of scaling will be performed.

If the set has a vga interface that will accept 1360or1366x768 then you should use it.
 

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1280x720 seems to be the best I can do. Unfortunately their not a VGA, only HDMI and composite, so it's HDMI from the PC.

I think it's really the TV's overscan that is killing me. I played with the menu's on the Sony, but it only lets me INCREASE the overscan, not scale it back.

The graphics card lets me play with the vertical and horizontal scale a little bit which ALMOST worked beautifully but for it doesn't center properly, so while I can bring the entire menu bar into view by scaling vertical down a bit, it leaves a black bar at the top of the tv...

I played with a utility on here for setting resolutions called DTD calculator, which was so close to being perfect but when I set to something like 1280x721 (as is suggested) it crashes Vista, so I can't see everything after I enable that resolution with the rulers that seemed SO promising.

I guess for now I'll live with the crazy overscan, it's not as bothersome inside Media Center which is the primary role of the machine anyway.


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