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Best software to test CRT?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by kebabek, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. kebabek

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    Hello!

    I decided to buy 36" CRT TV and I read a lot about geometry problems of these big CRTs, that is why I was wondering, which software is the best to test the screen before buying it.

    Is there any kind of software available to download from internet?

    Thx
     
  2. JayCee

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    How can you test it before buying it?
    On forums like these you only see posts from people with problems.......you rarely see posts from satisfied owners.
    If you buy a good well-known brand such as Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba you will find the geometry perfectly acceptable.
    Ask to see the set switched to Teletext and examine the sides, top and bottom of the pic.......that will give you a idea of geometry setup.
     
  3. GaryB

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    If you have access to a PC with a video output I have a monitor test program that can generate lots of test patterns. PM me your email address and I'll send it over.

    If you can't do that, then a standard video pattern generator is the best way to check.
     
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    Hey GaryB,

    I'm interested in this software too.

    Could you send it to my email address? I'll PM you my email address now just incase you don't have it from last time.

    Thanks.
     
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    You're setting yourself up for a major disappointment.

    The default contrast setting for most CRT TVs will cause some pretty awful geometry issues. This goes as much for 28" sets as it does 36".

    Before testing the geometry you should take the time to set the contrast correctly. While you're at it you might as well set the brightness, sharpness and colour correctly too. The simplest way to do this is with a copy of Digital Video Essentials for PAL. The DVD is about £15 from the usual internet retailers.
     
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    Agreed. If you've got a DVD player do as Chris suggests and get DVE, it has all you need to set up your CRT correctly. That and all you need to set up your sound system too!
    My JVC HV-32D40 was a dog out of the box, but after some tweaking with DVE it is now superb. Short of getting an engineer to set it up, I couldn't really ask for more.
     
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    Unfortunately the programs I use for testing are at work and I'm not back there until the 9th of Jan.

    One of the best of them is available as a free download so you can get it direct:

    http://www.monitortest.net/

    Choose "Monitor Test Program".
     

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