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Old 04-30-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Please help me connect my PC to my rear projection TV

I have read through some simillar posts, but I haven't found the exact configuration which I need. Sorry.

I have an AMD 64 3200 with an ATI x850XT video card. It has DVI, VGA, and S-Video output. My motherboard only supports 8XAGP and PCI. It doesn't support PCI-e.

I have a Pioneer SD-533HD5 rear projection television.

I want to be able to use my rear projection TV as a second display device so I can surf the web, watch recorded TV from my PC, view pictures, etc.

I went out and bought a Hauppage PCI Win TV-HVR-1600 Model 1199. I thought I could pop it in the PC and then setup my DVR software and be up and running in no time.

I' got the card installed, but can't get video to my TV correctly. There was a VGA adapter on the back of my TV, but the manual says don't connect to a PC - that its for HD only. I fiddled with it anyway and could only get 640x480 to display. It is horrible.

The TV, while not the lateset greatest, supports HD and I just cannot figure out what to do. Someone else here was instructed to buy a MyHD MDP 130. It looks allot different than the card I bought.

Can anyone help me achieve this? Or, is my setup not gonna work.

Thanks so much.
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:28 PM   #2
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The MDP-130 is made with that type HDTV in mind. Because it has its own video output on the card, it does not use your PC graphics card for the HDTV output. Therefore it will match the signal required for your HDTV. Something your graphics card may not be able to do.

Your problem doing what you want to do is the older CRT based HDTVs will not support being hooked up to a PC graphics card very well. So I would say what you want is beyond the capabilities of that HDTV.

If you want to be able to record OTA or cable in HDTV and play the recorded material back on that HDTV then the MDP-130 will do that, but that's gonna be all.

If you want to know more about hooking up your HDTV to a PC graphics card see: Hooking Up A PC to A HDTV
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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You're so awesome. Thanks allot, Richard.

Sounds like I just need to switch from the Hauppaguge card to the MyHD MDP-120 in order to record shows from cable and watch them on my Pioneer. But, because of the type of TV itself - I cannot make it act like a huge PC display regardless of the types of connection options I might attempt.

Rats! I really thought I could get some kind of PC Windows / Internet browsing output to display on there too.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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Not at any resolution that would look good.

You will need the MDP-130 card for cable QAM.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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Richard et all,

Is it possible that when I tried to setup my computer to the VGA adapter that isn't for PC connectivity and HD signal only that I screwed up my convergence?

Now my blue gun won't align. I've used the TV's utility to attempt to correct the alignment. RG align fine, but B is way off and can't get back to the correct location.

I called for service quotes and its about $400 for them to fix the convergence issue. I started thinking about the mistake I had made and wondered if I caused this issue.

Anyway, what TV system would you recommend for doing what I want to do?

I basically want a 50-55" HD system that allows me to connect to my computer, use it as a PC monitor along with all the other home theater cababilities.

I'm going to go to Best Buy and Hi Fi Buys to try and learn / research the technology to find a match for my needs.

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I don't think that it would cause such convergence issues.

For me when I looked at various displays for use as a combo HDTV and computer monitor, I settled on a LVM-42w2 42" Westinghouse monitor. They make TVs (with a tuner) as well. The reason I went with the Westinghouse is it was a 1080p LCD that passed both the deinterlace and 3:2 cadence test by Home Theater Magazine. They also make a 37", 47" and 52" version.

Additionally it offers a choice of various PIP modes that allow both computer use and TV viewing at the same time.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:20 PM   #7
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Not sure if anyone will respond to this or not but I have been working on getting my SD-533HD5 to work as a computer monitor for movies for sometime now. After ALOT of research and tweaking I did end up getting it working on one of my machines with an older ATI AGP video card. The resolution I ended up with was pretty much as custom as you can get (1080x480) and I had to use a specialized piece of software you may be familiar with called Powerstrip. Here are the timing details as copied directly from Powerstrip:

PowerStrip timing parameters:
1080x480=1080,88,80,104,480,29,1,53,45630,1

Generic timing details for 1080x480:
HFP=88 HSW=80 HBP=104 kHz=34 VFP=29 VSW=1 VBP=53 Hz=60

VESA detailed timing:
PClk=45630.00 H.Active=1080 H.Blank=272 H.Offset=72 HSW=80 V.Active=480 V.Blank=83 V.Offset=29 VSW=1

Linux modeline parameters:
"1080x480" 45.630 1080 1168 1248 1352 480 509 510 563 +hsync +vsync

Despite being an awkward resolution that doesn't really work with any games and makes for alot of scrolling during web browsing, everything is quite legible and clear and for movies it is absolutely great. (although I know the TV can do much better with a different source) Anyways, after all the time and effort I put into getting this TV to work as a PC monitor I thought I would put this information out there in case anyone else out there is in the same boat.

Before you ask the only reason I am in this situation is I got the TV for next to nothing at a time when I didn't have a TV at all and couldn't really afford anything decent. Despite it being as big as a house and weighing 1/2 ton, the picture and tones are truly outstanding.

Now my predicament is that I would like to use the TV to watch movies from my HTPC which is running a newer PCI-E NVIDIA card and it seems Powerstrip just doesn't want to work with this card whatsoever and crashes my display every time I try and run it. I've been trying to find an alternative to Powerstrip but there really isn't anything else like it out there. Also, I have tried adding the custom resolution to my video card software but it will not work. (even after adding the specific timing (HFP HSW VFP VSW etc) I am also considering purchasing a digital to analog HD adapter and I'm wondering if it will work and if so how will it look. Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 11-10-2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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Hi there,

I have a Pioneer rear projection television also. I have been attempting to utilize this television the same as OP. I am glad you have listed what you have tried so far. I have connected my PC to it to try out the resolutions. I can connect via S-video from my nVidia PCI-Express video card. The resolutions available are somewhat acceptable in the higher range. I have yet to try a movie.
The idea is to use the PC for an HTPC for movies and music. The resolutions that fill the television screen are to low to use Windows well because the Windows desktop is too small. If I raise the resolution to highest available I can hardly even read the text.
I was wondering if anyone has found a better method other than S-video.. i.e. some type of adapter or some gadget.
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