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I'm getting a Panasonic Plasma delivered tomorrow. I would like to get everything ready tonight. For those of you with setups similar to this, what resolution do you use? I would imagine 856x480, but searches proved fruitless.


I have a Radeon 9500 card in my HTPC and plan to use the VGA/PC input on the TV. That seems like it would be the best as it avoids the dongle (and another piece of kit.)


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Phoenix - I also have the 42PD3-P plamsa hooked up via VGA to my Radeon 8500 video card. I found that if you can "unlock" the 856x480 resolution, you will be able to achieve 1x1 pixel mapping. You shouldn't need Powerstrip at all. I also would suggest 1120x600 for picture viewing, or anything else not "text" related...
 

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I guess that brings the next question. Does the Panny upscale 848x480 to 852x480, but not downscale 856x480 (with 4 pixels of overscan?) Also, how do the two compare? I will try both out but I was wondering about how the Panny internal scaler deals with the two.


I know the Matrox Parhelia can do 852x480, but I would rather not spend another $300 if I can avoid it. I also wonder how much it improves the picture, and how one would quantify the difference.


What refresh rate are you using? 60Hz?


Why would 1120x600 provide a better format for pictures? How do you characterize the difference?


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Phoenix - 1120x600 isn't "better" for pictures in a resolution or picture quality sense, you can just fit more of the picture on the screen...


and I ensured that I had 1x1 pixel mapping by adjusting my panny's timing settings - probably losing about 4 pixels for overscan...


Oh, and sorry for the late reply...
 
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