Cheap homemade HTPC setup with LCD flatscreen

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  1. SLK_DK

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    Hi guys, Im new to this forum.
    Im from Denmark, Europe.

    My old 28" CRT screen died the other day, so I bought a new 37" LCD widescreen, a Hannspree 37" JT02 series.

    I only have a old Xbox (first version) for watching movies, but the old Xbox won't playback 720p movies and I can only connect it to the LCD screen with a RGB scart cable.

    But I also have a computer that I don't use anymore (always using my laptop.)

    My computer has the specs:

    CPU: Intel E2140 (I think).. Dual Core, overclocked FSB 333 (running ~2.67Ghz)
    RAM: 2GB DDR ram
    GFX: 8800 GT 512mb

    I guess it's ok for a HTPC that will play 720p movies?

    Im right now installing WinXP Prof. with service pack 3 slipstreamed.

    On my GFX I have DVI outputs, my LCD screen has VGA input. But I have a VGA cable and a DVI->VGA converter.

    Could it be "ok" for HTPC setup?
    Is there any special settings for the Nvidia card that I should make in Windows for a better/smoother picture on my LCD screen?


    EDIT:

    I have now installed a fresh WinXP Prof with SP3, installed nvidia driver etc.
    When I play a movie (divX or .mkv) the playback on my Hanspree 37" is kind og choppy, and not 100% smooth.

    Why is that? Is that the limitation of the VGA-out/input? Or is it my LCD flatscreen that is not so good?

    Is there any special settings for Nvidia that I have to do to get smooth playback?
    Im using VLC as a player. When playing the same divX movie from Xbox1 (with RGB scart to the LCD screen) there is no choppy and its very smooth.


    Please help.
     
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    But I am using VLC Player.

    I just connected my 19" LCD monitor to the computer instead of my 37" Hanspree, I felt that it was way smoother.



    I guess it is my Hanspree then? Anyone in here using same LCD tv as mine, and have it connected with VGA from a computer?

    Is it possible, and would it be better if I could go from DVI (Gfx-card) to HDMI (LCD screen) instead?

    Is there such a cable? DVI->HDMI?
     
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    And there is tearing! Any way to Force V-sync? I tried in the Nvidia settings, but it seems that is only for 3D games? Doesnt have any effect when I start VLC, there is still tearing of the picture.
     
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    Have you tried changing the refresh rate in your display settings?
     
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    To what? It can do [email protected], [email protected] - down to 640x470.

    Both have tearing.
     
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    Instead of doing:


    GFX card: DVI output <->DVI/VGA Converter <-> VGA cable <-> VGA Input LCD screen

    Maybe I should just buy a DVI-D / HDMI cable instead?


    GFX card: DVI output <-> DVI-D / HDMI cable <-> HDMI Input LCD screen


    Maybe it'll be much better then? With no tearing??
     

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