Getting my HDTV to work with my PC

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Getting my HDTV to work with my PC

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Some awesome awesome info. And i'm not just saying that. I just got an LCD HDTV, and this woulda saved Alan from having to answer all these questions for me via IM  O0

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Yeah I'm ashamed to admit it but I totally forgot about this guide until Alan found it as an unpublished draft and e-mailed me. You may recall I had similar content up over at HTPCnews.

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from having to answer all these questions for me via IM

Wow!  I didn't know MR had a support line, too!!!  Wink

Seriously, this is definitely good info to have.

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skirge01 wrote:

Wow!  I didn't know MR had a support line, too!!!  Wink

Yeah.  We need a "Geek Squad" type getup.  Maybe the "HTPC Squad".  Hmm..  I smell a new poll formulating.

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I had better patent that name ASAP

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Just don't let your employees get caught stealing from the customers!

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I am gonna guess we would find more episodes of Dora and Deigo then anything else.

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"It's better to be late to the party than to miss it entirely."  Your articles are great!

With respect to this article and your HTPC build on 08/01/07, I'm going to build a HTPC using hardware very similar to what you used in your build.  Being absolutely new to this arena, my two biggest concerns are the following:

1.  I have an EDTV 16:9 480p (852x480).  Where video quality is the most important feature to me (not in terms of HD content vs SD, but, having a clean, crisp and clear picture), will I need to update the Pani EDTV?  My goal is to at least be able to match the video quality that I'm now seeing from my avg standalone dvd player. 

From this article, I suspect I may have trouble scaling the dvd from a HTPC hardrive onto my EDTV without the sacrifice of quality and/or cropping. 

2.  In your HTPC build, your selection of the Gigabyte board has integrated graphics.  My HTPC will be primarily used to DVD's stored on my hardrive.  No game playing, no web surfing or anything else for that matter.  Should I plan on purchasing a video card from the beginning or will the on-board graphics do the trick without a sacrifice of video quality?

I'm trying to avoid spending $800-$1000 to build an HTPC, hook it up to my EDTV, and find that the picture is unwatchable or simply worse than the quality derived from my cheap dvd player purchased BestBuy for $50.  With the abundance of data out there, I just can't seem to find an answer to the two questions that are the most fundamental to me at this time.

Thank you.

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1. That's a bit hard to say, give an exact model number (hopefully it will help narrow your options down). Basically you'll be using 848x480 or 856x480, depending what the TV accepts. 856x480 is perfectly fine and pretty much you'd never know it has a few pixels over on each side.

2. The integrated graphics should do just fine.

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The following specs are as follows:

Model: Panasonic TH-42PD50U Plasma Television
Description: 42-inch EDTV Plasma Display, Widescreen 16:9 Format
Resolution: 853 x 480 (EDTV)

I do plan on purchasing a video card but not right away.  I'm trying to determine which one would suit my neeeds without overspending.  From what it appears, there's a fine line in getting the right card w/out overkill.  This will be my first attempt, and if all goes well, I'm going to expand out and work towards a media server setup.  However, baby steps first.

Looking at the TV specs, think I'll be good to go? 

Thank you again!!!

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Yeah nothing too much on that TV specifically, but lots of people have had ED Panasonic plasmas. You can try any of the close to native resolutions listed in my first post. Also you may find that feeding it a 720p signal might be ideal, since the panel is known to scale HD down to ED quite nicely. And from what I read when you feed an HD signal it doesn't have overscan.

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