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I used my compaq laptop in S-video mode and ran it to my 1hd and it look like total crap,, plus the picture was way smaller. Why is that?


I hooked my 1hd back to my home dvd player in S-video and looked great and picture and image was bigger to fit my 92" screen.


I was watching star wars on the both laptop and home dvd players.


Is there something wrong w/ my laptop?? settings??
 

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It looked smaller because you


a) probably because you put no time into it at all and just ran your laptop at 800:600 (4:3 mode) and watched a widescreen movie. Similar to watching a movie on a 4:3 TV.


b) it probably looked like crap because you then zoomed the picture to get to widescreen when you should have researched and taken the time to get 1:1 pixel mapping using Powerstrip... This is usually a very difficult task especially for those who understand very little about how powerstrip works....


c) It probably would have looked great had you bought a higher resolution projector which would have overcome not taking 1:1 pixel mapping and using Powerstrip seriously....


D) Your settings were probably not recalibrated at the projector as you probably calibrated for your DVD Player...
 

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Sorry One more quick thing. Don't Don't use Svideo from your laptop. You must must use the RGB input and think of the Projector as simply a computer monitor.


You had a lot running against you!
 

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The more I think about it, my comments only apply if you are using a regular PC.


It is hopeless for a Laptop. Laptops come only in one native resolution. If that resolution isn't 960X540, it will look bad. No laptops come that native. The higher the resolution is on your laptop such as 1024X768 or higher, the worse the picture will look on your projector. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
 

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edward,


Thanks.


The resolution on my laptop was set to 1024X768.

I do not have a power strip :( .


Also have yet to run my Laptop with my pj running RGB :(

(only S-video).


Thanks 4 the feedback.

I will try the RGB input.
 

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No Problem..


Even if you do get a RGB cable, unfortunately it will still look bad, because your laptop is probably native 1024X768. It will only interpolate a different resolution such as 960x540 using powerstrip. It actually won't be 960x540 as opposed to a real PC. I personally wouldn't bother. Only try an RGB cable using a real PC and only then if you have Powerstrip and you take the time to seriously work with it! Watching movies is not a good reason.. A dvd player works great with little effort. Gaming is a different matter...

PC Gaming on a regular PC in 800X600 at 60HZ look Great! I saw Unreal Tournament and Max Payne on a Z1 and I could not believe how great it looked and how large! Text is awful so not recommended for anything else but gaming....
 

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Laptops can output different resolutions through their VGA ports than they have on the internal display. It is simply not true that they have only one resolution.


Obviously, the capabilities depend on the paritcular laptop and Powerstrip can certainly help.


Mark
 
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