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Sony KDF50620 connected to Media Center PC

ojman
02-20-2005, 10:09 PM
I have a Media Center Laptop that has S-Video and RGB outputs and I think dual monitor capability on the Nvidia 5600 Graphics card. I have been researching RPTV's for quite some time and I think I am ready to purchase. Every time I swayed myself away from The Sony Grand Wega, I have managed to come back to it. Problem is, I really want to use the new HDTV as a moitor for my notebook and I have heard that this is difficult with this sony. Who has done this and what is the setup required to garner decent results? I have heard of RGB-->DVI cables have been used with varying degrees of success. If it makes any difference I have a decent AMP in the Yamaha RXV2400

ojman
02-23-2005, 12:30 PM
Noone has any info on this? I am also curious about split screening both this TV and the Panny DLP 50" between comnputer usage and a regular broadcast input. I tried my computer hookup with the Panny in-store and I couldn't get any different picture format than 4:3. Is this normal?

kaikara
02-23-2005, 03:32 PM
I think that you have to be connected through the HDMI port withe a DVI to HDMI cable to get 16:9 on the panasonic. Supossedly there is also a DVI to component ATI adapter that will allow you to do it also. Even then you have overscan issues and have to play with the resoultion to get it to work properly.


Noone has any info on this? I am also curious about split screening both this TV and the Panny DLP 50" between comnputer usage and a regular broadcast input. I tried my computer hookup with the Panny in-store and I couldn't get any different picture format than 4:3. Is this normal?

rbinck
02-23-2005, 04:52 PM
Most notebook computers are furnished with video capibilities that will not work with HDTVs. The notebooks and laptops will not output HDTV resolutions. They expect a 4:3 monitor for one thing and they will not do the timings required by the TV.


You would be better off looking for a TV that is PC compatable. Of course that will narrow down your choices quite a bit.

ojman
02-23-2005, 09:59 PM
What TV's would that category include? I tried using a VGA cable and a VGA-->DVI converter tonight to see how the Sony looked with my laptop connected. Turns out that I need a very specific DVI converter as the one that I tried is a "PC DVI" which is not exactly the same as a "Video DVI" as it has a few extra pins (4) and apparently restricts copying over the connection. I'm getting completely frustrated as all I want to do is buy this stupid TV and have it hooked to my notebook.

rbinck
02-24-2005, 10:54 AM
They are called "multimedia TVs" and are getting to be fewer and fewer for the tube types. There are several LCD displays that have a PC connection like the LG DU-30LZ30 30" or DU-42LZ30 42" at $3,000 and $7,000 list respectively.


What you want is going to cost some money, or some time digging out a solution within a budget. I have a Zenith 27" multimedia TV that was about $800 when I bought it, but it is no longer made. Do a google search on "multimedia TV" and see what pops up.