hopefully we can use this thread to record our experience and whatever info we each come up with.
you will need a T10 torx-driver to remove the card that ships with the unit (let's call it the "base" card). there are two of these torx screws, and they're the only ones on the PDP as far as i could tell. don't be fooled by all the other screws on the card (and there are a lot).
removing the card takes some finesse. be careful. the 5002 card you're putting in has two nice big beefy bolts that can be used as holds when removing it. the base card is not so polite. it appears to be a PCI slot (for those who know such things; and for those who know such things, no i don't know if it's actually
a PCI bus or not - but it sure looks like a PCI connector). rock it back and forth to loosen it up. i have a tool we used to use to remove ram boards from NeXT cubes way back when that's strong and pointy and has a nice right angle at the end - i used that to loosen up the board so i could rock it with my fingernails under each end. note that the lovely
black frame makes removal a tad more difficult than it would be without said lovely
make sure you are properly grounded when doing all this - there are static electricity risks here.
inserting the 5002 is damn straightforward. it comes with phillips-head screws that you should probably use to replace the pointless torx screws, which are nothing if not annoying.
that's it. really quite painless. there are some stickers and whatnot you can use to replace the existing stickers - they show the DVI port yada yada yada.
i'd like to expand on ericbee's comments on this. the cards are clearly cut from the same cloth. each starts its live in the same parts bin. i'd bet my life that the pcb is identical between them. what isn't identical is that the base card omits a lot of chips and other goodies (i'm no pcb designer - i just play one on the internet). i'll try to post a snap of the base card so you can compare it to ericbee's snaps of the 5002 he was kind enough to take before he took the plunge, as it were.
i can confirm that a single-link DVI-D M/M cable works just fine. i also have a dual-link too, but haven't tried it.
does anyone know what the BNC connector is that comes with the 5002? it's not mentioned in the manual at all.
i am running an ATI Radeon 8500 board; win2k; powerstrip. i was running both the ATI DVD player and WinDVD. i think the former had better color (rich rich stuff in Gods and Monsters), but it's flaky as all get out.
important: make sure you have the XGA/WXGA setting right in the menu! i had it set to XGA instead of WXGA and nearly went batty trying to figure it out! if you see gray bars in dot-by-dot you have this setting wrong.
keep in mind that the DVI port is now INPUT 5. those of you thinking ahead have realized that your remote only goes to 11
, uh, to four that is. you'll need to select it on the side of the PDP. someone will get the RC5 info at some point and post it. not a crisis though - remember the unit comes out of standby back to its last input, so it's a fire-and-forget, really.
unfortunately, i couldn't figure out how to make the VGA port and the DVI port active simultaneously. i'm going to read the manual tonight (i positively hate reading manuals!) and see how to make them both "hot" so i can switch b/w 1 and 5 to compare (i really
could use that RC5 code, folks! please help!). so i can't make any meaningful comparisons. it's certainly no worse, but i have to reboot to switch right now, and my "image memory" Just isn't that good and i don't have time tonight to setup a digital camera and screw around.
the level of detail is just stunning. watching the chapter in Gods and Monsters where mckellen meets his new gardener at the beginning was wonderful. the lawn, the flowers, his suit, the maid cleaning up the living room. the level of detail is just wonderful. the colors in the ATI DVD player were stunning. mckellen's eyes were riveting when he's looking out the window. but it might not be any better than via analog VGA, for all i know.
there is one thing that concerns me that i need to futz with more. on this particular chapter of Gods and Monsters i was using to test with. it has a LOT of cuts, and some of the cuts seemed to confuse either the DVD software, powerstrip, or the PDP. the image seemed to "jump" a bit - very subtly - as the scenes cut. i need to play with this more to figure it out.
fyi - the rebuild scene in fifth element superbit was just phenomenal. absolutely beautiful. colors. detail. freakin' riveting. no issues with jumpy cuts - so i doubt it's the PDP.
in theory, i should be able to drive the monitor faster than 60Hz via DVI, but i haven't futzed with that either.
your PRO1000HD can do DVI right now. today. yesterday in fact. the 5002 card works fine. i'm sure it's some nasty digital video copyright mess that makes pioneer tell us all this won't work.
is it worth doing? it ain't free. you're gonna pay $400-$500 for the card, delivered. a new video card's gonna cost you $200-$400 if you don't already have a DVI output. $50 for a cable and delivery. i'm a digital purist (i keep boothroyd/stuart in business) - analog is so
last millenium, so it makes me feel warm and fuzzy - but i don't know yet if it makes the picture any better
. i'm working on that part now!
hope this is helpful. feel free to post any questions and i'll do my best.