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Hooking your PC up to your projector?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by akerman, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. akerman

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    Hey.

    Imagine this scenario:

    I want to hook my computer, which has an ATI graphics card with a DVI port, up to my projector, which has DVI in (through a HDMI adapter).

    How do I do this practially? I mean, my desktop is 4:3. Yet the projector is 1280x720, or 16:9. Can I display 16:9 material from the computer onto the projector screen, without having black bars? - I remember the time when I toyed with TV-out, I could never get the image to cover my whole TV (4:3), there would always be black bars for some reason.

    Any advice from people who have already done this? There must be some =)
     
  2. inzaman

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    Yes it will be okay as the plug and play facility will recognise you displays resolution, i dont know what will happen in you want dual displays though.
     
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    Hmmm.. do you think I will be able to use the DVI-port on the graphics card as tv-out - or does it have to be the s-video port?

    And another question (sorry ;)) - how would the quality be like, playing DVDs from my desktop computer via DVI, instead of playing them from my Marantz DV4300 standalone DVD-player, via component?
     
  4. inzaman

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    It should look as good if not better due to no D/A A/D conversion as the image is kept in the digital domain. My hcpc as it was has just replace my pio 757 which has now been confined to another room.
    If you use ffdshow with the pc then it will be far better than the dvd imo as that also does post processing of the image, very processor hungry though.



    I dont have experience of that as i only use mine for dvds.
     
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    Thanks I really appreciate that, as I can save a lot of cable mess playing dvds from the computer. Now I'm just a bit sad that I paid so much for the marantz a few months before.. oh well it still looks good on my rack :)
    I have a Barton 2800+, is that fast enough? How fast is yours?

    Also - if you don't use DVI as tv-out on your computer, which port do use then to display your DVDs from your htpc?
     
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    akerman - try the HTPC forums http://www.htpcnews.com/forums/index.php, if there's anything you need to know about integrating your PC into your Home Entertainment System (HT) then this is theplace for it.
     
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    akerman, i think that i misunderstood your question on the tv out, i use the dvi out on the graphics card as the tv out to my projector.

    My processor is an XP2500 which is just about okay with FFDShow so the 2800 should be okay.
     

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