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Plasma and PC Compatability

06-22-2005, 06:45 AM
I was looking through my Toshiba 42HP84 owners manual last night and came across a note saying not to connect the television to a PC. What would be the reason for this? I don't have it connected to my PC yet, but I was planning to run my whole system through a Media Center PC. Any ideas?

06-22-2005, 12:48 PM
You're not going to be running everything thru Media Center... No HD inputs... Tosh just doesn't want to support PC use... but if your PC puts out a standard HDTV signal (like 1280 x 720p @ 60 Hz) the TV can't tell the difference. There will be the issue of overscan to deal with, and no support from the TV.

Many are hesitant to use a plasma as a PC monitor, since they can suffer burn in like any CRT - not as bad as with CRT based RPTVs though... your particular panel isn't exactly the best for PC use either, since it's not quite up to HD specs & has non-square pixels... a square pixel display with 16:9 aspect & 768 horizontal lines should have a horizontal res of 1366 pixels, but yours only has 1024... using a standard mode like 720p will give you somewhat blurry text, you'll have to create a custom res to have 1:1 pixel mapping (no scaling).

06-22-2005, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the help! About how long does it take before "burn-in" happens?