Can a pc monitor display 1080p

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  1. jjhellis

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    I have just got a 360 and a hd dvd drive and a 19" widescreen monitor and with the 360 I have tried it up to 1440 x 900 but the next resolution is 19xx x something which I'm thinking could be 1080p.

    I want to try it but don't want to break anything trying it, because if I get it stuck at that res I might not get it back.

    Does anyone know if it will work
     
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    its possibly 1920x1080.

    what model is your 19" monitor?

    it wont get stuck, you need to flick the switch to get into HD and SD signals so dont worry about getting it "stuck" in a higher res than your monitor can handle.

    give it a go and let us know how you get on.
     
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    Its a Acer which I got at argos for £149 a week ago

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6701592.htm
     
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    The max resolution on that monitor is 1440x900, so I doubt that it can display a 1080p signal. Monitors that can do 1920x1200 tend to have larger screens and be more expensive due to the larger, higher res panel.
     
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    LCDs are not like old CRT technology where you can run the display at a slightly higher than recommended resolution (albeit at a lower refresh). For LCDs, if it says the max res is XXXxYYY then that's the MOST you can get.
     
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    Monitors are progressive, so whatever the resolution, it is always in "p" rather than "i".

    1080p simply means that there are 1080 vertical lines. There will also be 1920 horizontal lines of resolution.

    Basically, to display 1080p you need a monitor that can display a resolution of 1920x1080. If the monitor can't, it will either downscale the image to a resolution it can handle, or display nothing.
     
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    So, does that mean that your HD telly would need to be 1920x1080 to get the full HD effect from the xbox?

    [enters thick mode] so no plasma, including my panny phd7 series 42" can get to that ... only a high spec monitor?

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    The xbox 360, over component at least, can display the following modes, 480p (with 480 vertical lines of resolution) 720p (with 720 vertical lines of resolution), 1080i and 1080p.

    1080i means that the signal is interlaced. Half of the resolution is displayed every second. This effect relies on the fact that the human eye is too slow to notice. However, this does produce "jaggies" as often the image can move in between frames, which means that the image wouldn't be aligned.

    Your tele can downscale a 1080i image to 720p, so as long as you have a HD ready tele, you'll be fine.
     
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    From my understanding all xbox 360 games at the moment are 720p. So even if your monitor/tv can display 1080p, it will be upscaled from 720p.
     
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    I think there were a few games (condemned??) that were native at 1080i.

    I believe the consensus among developers is that games will be developed with 720p in mind as that offers the best trade-off between resolution and graphics/frame rate.

    Obviously, the higher the resolution, the more processing power is required, so frame rate and texture quality etc takes a hit.
     
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    Don't forget that regardless of the resolution the display is showing, your eyes have their own limitations. 1080 lines are only useful (over 720 lines) on very large displays, or for people who sit very close.
     
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    It is generally recommended that you set the resolution to your panel's native display as well. Obviously if you have a 720p panel, and you output 1080i from your xbox, it will downscale the image to 720p.

    720p is more useful for fast moving images, such as action films and RPG/Sport games, for the reasons I have outlined before.

    1080i offers little over 720p, as 720 lines are displayed at once at 720p, compared to 540 lines at once over 1080i.

    1080p displays all 1080 vertical lines of resolution at once, which I am told looks brilliant.
     
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    for the people with the ACER monotior, which speakers do you use, because I am getting this LCD tomorrow and need some speakers. (Something cheap)

    thank you
     

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