Have toshiba HD TV (42XV555DB)
Now have an Asus Radeon AH4650 AGP Card (HDMI HDCP etc)
ASUS - Graphics Cards- ASUS AH4650/DI/1GD2
It sort of works, but I think I'm making a cocktail of woe by not entirely understanding it & prob going about it all in the wrong sequence.
It all starts with the difference between clone desktop & extended, the monitor having one set of settings (it's an old shaped portrait one rather than widescreen 1280x1024 60MHz) , the TV another (manual says 1920x1080p at 75mhz), how these relate to the 1080p part & what controls what. I see different figures again using the windows display manager (Win XP home), which gives me an option Catalyst doesn't of 2048x1536 pixels.
What I want to do are three things.
1 This is my primary machine & most of the time, I write, surf & watch youtube. It's also plugged into the AV & very good sound it makes too.
2 WE have no DVD player-so what I wanted was come the evening for the GF & myself to able to watch DVDs ( & blue rays & HD TV & record it. but proof on concept comes 1st). This is sort of does, but it's very tricky for me to interpret what resolution & refresh rate equates proper HD.
Here's the telly's manual-p10
No matter what I do the picture does not fill the TV screen unless I chose PC Wide.
Then I fiddled with the window display manager & found an even bigger resolution. And doubtless then chanmged something else in catalyst becuase then the telly dumped the idea it was a PC connection & gave all the picture setting options (colour, cinema, etc) associated with a proper AV signal. But it's doesn't fill the screen
3 I have quite a few dog vids on the PC. It would be useful to see them on the telly. This works fine with clone (still no fill screen) & the ever realiable VLC player. However, go into extended desktop & drag the playing VLC window across & it all grinds to a stutering halt & virtually crashes. WTF??
S'got to be me. What settings should I be using in catalyst & why won't the blasted thing do it full size? It was my understanding you got it all into the right shape at the signal end & THEN used the monitors, whatever other kit further down the chain to modify it. But should I be fiddling with windows own display manager or Ati's Catalyst Centre?
And these PC vids vs extended desktop?
I don't care if I need 2 different profiles or whatever, just so long as it all works at the best it can. Push comes to shove I could live without the vids on the network, but seeing as I'm so close it must surely just be my ignorance & a setting or two yes??
Cheers everyone. You know I just thought, got the telly, got the card, got the right HDMI cable-surely it'll just auto-detect & wham away we go for whatever DVD on HD for 1st time ever. No fuss. But no, it's as much of a arse as trying to configure the signal I tried into the S-Video input, which I (obv) never sussed. Still-got audio through the telly & one lead less now.