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Old 07-18-2007, 06:53 AM   #1  
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I am new to the forum, but read the posts on this site often. I've tried to find the exact answer, but though that some input from the group would help tremendously. I have a SONY 50" (WEGA) and an HP Media Center PC. I am not a genius, but I do my homework on every item that I buy (well, at least most of the time). My PC did not come with a DVI out (and other models in the series) and my TV does not have DVI ports (but does have 2 HDMI ports and component inputs). Currently, I have the HP hooked up through VGA out to a conversion box allowing component hook-up to the TV. The picture is okay for most things, with the exception of surfing the web. I've played with the resolution and it's been a royal pain to get it to this spot (had to enlarge the desktp icons and sharpen the image). Detail is not phenomenal and so I am thinking of upgrading the computer's video card. I am thinking of getting a card allowing for DVI out and conneting this to the television through a DVI to HDMI cable. Will this make my resolution problems a little easier to manage? I don't have my tv manual here, but I do know that SONY suggests a refresh rate of 60hz. Any thoughts? Sorry for the long post!
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:37 AM   #2  
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That is hard to say as most TV's differ with every connection including VGA or HDMI when connecting PC's. Some people have overscan issues when connecting there PC to there TV via HDMI or DVI to HDMI. Unless you get find someone with your TV model connected that way, It is a kinda see for yourself kinda thing. What video card are you using now?? Since you don't have a DVI option, it sounds a bit older or low end (intergrated graphics perhaps?)..If so, a new video card would be a good bet either way IMO. And since you can find quite a few good AGP/PCIe cards for under $100, not a big blow either way.


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Old 07-18-2007, 12:34 PM   #3  
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Dvi will give your text much better clarity, color will probably be more accurate also....but you will still have to enlarge your desktop icons regardless. Dont forget to order your dvi to hdmi cable when you upgrade your card.
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