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Just purchased an SGI 24" widescreen monitor that I intend to use as my main PC monitor and part-time DVD/HDTV monitor. Question:


Although it's advertised as a 16:9 monitor, viewable screen dimensions are actually 18.98"h x 12.16" V or about 16:10.25 - a good viewable, no-distortion, screen-filling resolution with this ratio would be 1280x820.


I know Powerstrip will allow me to create this custom resolution (my GeForce 4MX card will do a 1280x768...close, but no cigar), but if I'm going to use the monitor to view 720p source, then should I use Powerstrip to create a 1280x720 resolution and put up with the slight distortion, or should I attempt to view the 720p material in a 1280x720 window in a 1280x820 environment?


Did that make sense? :)
 

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Don't know if this helps, but what is my best Powerstrip configuration for this type of monitor if I want good general purpose computer use and an *excellent* 720p display?
 

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Whats your source for 720p going to be? Does this thing scale up lower resolutions? Normally with a digital display, the best resolution to use is the native one...
 

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Namlemez:


I intend to feed the monitor with DVDs from the PC drive and component video-to-VGA output from an HDTV sat box. I don't actually have the monitor yet - it arrives tomorrow or Monday.


The monitor's native resolution (if that's appropriate in describing a CRT) is 2000x1024 - but based on my experiences with my old 19" monitor, that's too high a res for my tastes in a computer monitor - even for a 22.5" diagonal screen. I figure that 1280H will be the max res I'll use in most Windows tasks and because of the widescreen, that drives a V-res of 720 to 820, depending on whether I want to use the whole screen with little or no distortion.


I'm supposing that 720 V-res is best for a 720p signal (1-to-1 pixel mapping). But a 1280x720 res won't fill this screen without some vertical distortion.


I'm just wondering whether I should use Powerstrip to create a 1280x720 desktop and use the monitor controls to fill the screen (which distorts the pixels in the vertical) OR if I should set a 1280x820 res (which fills the screen while keeping the pixels square) and run my movies in a 1280x720 window.


What do you think?
 

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This monitor (if it is the one I am thinking of) is basically the same as the Sony GDM-W900. Your best solution rather than have 'slight distortion' is to just reduce its height setting a bit to create a 16:9 raster while using a 1920x1080 (or 1280x720) setting. If it is like most monitors, it will remember this reduced-height setting for that resolution, and you can create another one (like 1920x1200) and set the height to screen-filling size.
 

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Thanks Chris...


Yes, this is a rebadged GDM-W900 - it even has the trinitron CRT. I'm glad to hear that the monitor will remember the raster settings for each resolution - that helps.


...but I still hate the idea of lowering the raster and not using every square mm of this wonderful screen... :)
 

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That's multisync monitor, so you can feed it any resolution you like up to 96kHz. Sony's recommended and factory presets are as follows:


Maximum Resolutions

16:10 Mode: 1920 x 1200 @ 76Hz

16:9 Mode: 1920 x 1080 @ 85Hz


Factory Preset Resolutions

Mode 1: 640 x 480 @ 60Hz

Mode 2: 1280 x 1024 @ 75Hz

Mode 3: 1600 x 1200 @ 75Hz

Mode 4: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz

Mode 5: 1920 x 1080 @ 72Hz

Mode 6: 1600 x 1024 @ 76Hz

Mode 7: 1920 x 1200 @ 76Hz

Mode 8: 720 x 400 @ 70 Hz

Mode 9: 1920 x 1035 @60 Hz


All of those will "fill the screen", yet they have very different ratios.
 
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