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I am new to the scene of using a digital TV to use as a big monitor of sort for gaming, however it doesn't seem as simple as plug and play...


My PC:

P4 2.4

GF4 Ti 4400


My TV:

Sony KF50WE620 LCD-RP TV


In windows:

Runs at 1280x720 with overscan by default, but adjusted with nView from the 61.77 driver from nVidia and can get regular sized desktop working. Higher resolution results in excessive flickering...


My Problem:

Rainbow Six 3 Raven Shield:

Runs at 1280x720 by default, however, too much overscan so can't see ammo or most of the HUD items. Wonder if there is a way like the nView to correct this.


Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow:

Tried only 4:3 resolution, 800x600 works fine, 1024 x 768(my default regular monitor resolution) have excessive flickering issue like the desktop at higher res, game runs at 1280x1024, but my computer is too slow:p


Doom 3:

4:3 only(didn't know about the custom res), 800x600 works, 1024x768(default on normal monitor) has excessive flickering, 1280x1024 works, but my computer is again, too slow...


Colin McRae Rally 04:

It only allows me 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768. First 2 works fine, albeit with obvious low res quality, 1024x768 is again, flickering.


EA's F1 Challenge 99-02:

Presents me with some 16:9 resolutions to choose from in 3dsetup menu, but most of them runs either with lots of flickering, or just black screen, no display, works only in 800x600, but the graphic quality is unbearable(I play this on PC monitor with 1280x1024)


Any suggestion, solution, comments will be greatly appreciated...
 

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You will want to use the DVI connection to get the best picture, although presumably you are already doing so. Take a look at some of the other threads on here about adjusting overscan and setting up custom resolution modes.


In any case, you probably shouldn't be making the assumption that the TV can run any resolution, i.e. that it's a true multi-resolution monitor with multi-frequency support. Instead, it should be treated as a fixed frequency monitor which has several discreet resolution settings:


1280x720 (or similar custom resolution) at 60hz.

1920x1080 (or similar custom resolution) at 60hz, interlaced.
 

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You'll definitely want to check out the HTPC Forum . There are programs like Powerstrip that will assist in the problems you're describing. Also check out tigerdave's Widescreen Game List , you should be able to find work-arounds for the games you are having troubles with. These should be good starting points.


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