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46" LED TV which actually works with a VGA connection

Bazzatron

Standard Member
I just bought a Toshiba 46TL868B TV

Tried this with an Acer Laptop with Intel Graphics - over VGA the TV is detected as a Generic non-PnP monitor

I have set the laptop to 1920x1080 @ 60hz --- it works fine with all the monitors I've tried at this resolution

The TV detects this and displays the PC screen, however there is a wide black bar at the left of the screen (about 4 inches wide), and the PC display is "squashed" into the right hand part of the screen.


Anyone have any ideas how to fix this?

Or is there a similar TV which just works out of the box?
 

redaprilia

Active Member
connect via the hdmi and all should be ok , you will find that most TV's are not the correct aspect ratio via VGA connector and tha graphics card in the pc probably will not support full hd resolution .
 

Andy98765

Distinguished Member
Make sure the TV is set to 16:9 aspect on VGA. Most Tosh's seem to have a default of 4:3 on VGA which is correct for standard resolution. Also in the Tosh menu you should be able to move the screen around, right to left up and down and resize.
 

timmy85

Standard Member
off topic-
bazzatron can you tell me if your tv plays mkv's off a usb with dts audio plz? my old man has the 40" version and he cant play hos bluray backups that have dts audio. the video plays fine but the audio is silent.
 

Elwood Blues

Active Member
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bazzatron can you tell me if your tv plays mkv's off a usb with dts audio plz? my old man has the 40" version and he cant play hos bluray backups that have dts audio. the video plays fine but the audio is silent.

My 46 is the same, video no audio.
 

timmy85

Standard Member
we are also having trouble trying to update firmware. on the toshiba website it says if you cant access the iplayer its because you require a firmware update. however when we try to update it tells us there is no update available? frustrating
 

Andy98765

Distinguished Member
we are also having trouble trying to update firmware. on the toshiba website it says if you cant access the iplayer its because you require a firmware update. however when we try to update it tells us there is no update available? frustrating
Can I ask have you connected the Tv to your internet?
 

Andy98765

Distinguished Member
off topic-
bazzatron can you tell me if your tv plays mkv's off a usb with dts audio plz? my old man has the 40" version and he cant play hos bluray backups that have dts audio. the video plays fine but the audio is silent.
I would very much doubt that any TV would have DTS codecs built in.
 

Bazzatron

Standard Member
Sorry for the delay replying --- busy time of year!
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bazzatron can you tell me if your tv plays mkv's off a usb with dts audio plz? my old man has the 40" version and he cant play hos bluray backups that have dts audio. the video plays fine but the audio is silent.
Sadly I don't have any of these - our old TV had no USB media player - I do have a LG BluRay player though which will handle xvid (everything I have is xvid)
To be honest, the menu screens and controls on the LG player are much superior.

we are also having trouble trying to update firmware. on the toshiba website it says if you cant access the iplayer its because you require a firmware update. however when we try to update it tells us there is no update available? frustrating
I haven't tried updating the firmware as yet. At the moment we are on BT broadband which is useless so no point even trying.
In January we are upgrading to VDSL (fibre) so I will give this a go then.

Select BBC1 in Freeview, go to text and you should see BBC iPlayer.
Doesn't seem to be there. I can see the "applications" link to it though (greyed out, I need the firmware upgrade)
 

Bazzatron

Standard Member
RE: the original question

It's disappointing if it won't do VGA at full HD - but not a deal breaker

I do have another machine with HDMI output - this works fine

The trick is to select the "Game" display mode - this appears to remove any overscan/underscan so it displays 1920x1080 1 for 1 pixels.

Also reduce the sharpening & contrast, and generally play around with the display controls until it looks ok

I was thinking of using the old laptop (which only has VGA) as a basic Media PC, but it looks like I'll need to build a new one
 
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