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Resolution settings

gaz_az

Standard Member
Hi -

I am quite new to the projector scene , and have just got myself a rather nice Sim2 Domino20 .

I have been playing my DVD's via an Xcard through the Component input of the projector and the pictures are great, filling the whole screen.

I would like to view my desktop via the VGA graphics input of the projector, but the resolution is 600x800 and does not fill the full screen. I would like to change the output resolution of my ATi 9700 pro to widescreen, I know I have to use powerstrip but I can't get it set up.

Does anyone have powerstrip settings that would suite the Domino 20 , so I can view my desktop in widescreen through the porjector ??


Thanks
 

RTFM

Novice Member
You should be able to output 1024x576 using Powerstrip and set the Domino to Pixel to Pixel which is No.5 in the aspect ratios.
If your Domino was an early one, you may need a SW upgrade to support 1024x576.
 

gaz_az

Standard Member
OK thanks ...

A few more questions just to clarify ......


In powerstrip do I select one of the resolutions listed ?? Is so which one there are quite a few 1024x576 settings. ??? Or od I need a custom resolution specific for the Domino.

Secondly ho do I go about doing a SW upgrade for the projector...


Gareth
 

RTFM

Novice Member
With Powerstrip you may need to try a few settings to see which one gets accepted.
The current SW version is 2.22.03 for the standard Domino.

If your SW is different, I can send you the above
 

gaz_az

Standard Member
Not having much luck with powerstrip.

My video card is a Radeon AIW 9700 pro. Can't get it to accept 1024x576 in powerstrip that will produce any sort of output to the projector.

Software version is 2.18.07 F (JON) , and just to confirm the projrector is a Sim2 Domino20.

Do I need the software upgrade ?? If so how do I install it ??



:(
 

gaz_az

Standard Member
Big thanks Jeff -

That indeed was the problem. I updated the projector firmware and can now get a full 1024x576 from my desktop to the big screen !!

Yeahh !!!! very pleased !!

:)
 
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Peter Dunn

Guest
So confusing all this talk of powerstrips and firmware, yet my suspicions are that I need some such help with resolution...!!

My Domino 20 shows a maximum resolution of 720x576 whatever I seem to put through it. For example, playing Pirates of the Caribbean from my Denon 2800 Mk2, progressive scan, region 2, through my Denon 3803 amp, with the PJ on anamorphic setting. Excellent quality component video leads throughout (Mark Grant's), but still 720x576 resolution. AAAggghhhhh!!

It is extremely frustrating on purchasing a PJ that apparently has a resolution of 1024x576 to be only getting 720x576. The amp seems to be set up properly showing component input and output.

Am I missing something desparately simple?? How can I get 1024 resolution?? Very grateful thanks for all reponses.

Peter
 

RTFM

Novice Member
Peter,

Your Domino is showing the correct resolution as that is what your Denon is putting out.
Whether interlaced or progressive, PAL DVDs will output 720x576 and NTSC discs will be 720x480.
Your Domino is scaling up these resoultions to 1024x576 when you select Anamorphic in the aspect ratios. If you select Pixel to Pixel, you get a small image as the Domino's scaler is not engaged.
Only if you use a PC set to 1024x576 will the Domino info page show 1024x576
Hope this helps

Jeff
 
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Peter Dunn

Guest
Many thanks Jeff for this explaination, which gives me great re-assurance!

Peter
 

Slate8

Standard Member
I have just purchased Sim2 Domino 20 and cannot get it to accept the 1024x576 resolution using powerstrip, even after trying various graphics adapters (Geforce2 MX and a 64Mb GeForce FX Go5200). The Powerstrip profile I'm using is called "1024x576p HDTV PAL-derived".

My Domino 20s current Software Version is 2.35.05 F (JPN) (021). Should I be using a newer firmware version or do I have Powerstrip setup incorrectly? :)
 

Slate8

Standard Member
Well, I've played about with the powerstrip settings from some hours using the graphics cards mentioned previously in this post. Unfortunately I'm still not having any luck viewing a 1024x576 resolution on my Domino 20. When I try to view in 1024x576, the screen goes black, and the source indicator in the top left of the screen goes blue as if there is a signal being received.

The only widescreen resolution I can seem to display is 960x540 at 60hz. I did this by following the excellent guide at http://www.caseserve.com/ht/custom_resolutions_on_hdtv.htm

Can anyone tell me exactly what powerstrip settings I should be using to get 1024x768 on a Domino 20? Any pointers would be great, because I'm running out of ideas :rolleyes:

Thanks :)

EDIT: I also though I should mention that I'm using Windows XP MCE and Pro.
 

RTFM

Novice Member
Not sure why you are having problems. I will check the Powerstrip settings on my HCPC and let you know.

Jeff
 

Slate8

Standard Member
Thanks Jeff, that would be a great help. Spent another couple of hours last night trying to sort this out. Can display 4:3 resolutions fine (1024x768 etc) but 16:9 won't work above 960x540!
 

RTFM

Novice Member
Slate8

Here are the Advanced timing options in Powerstrip for the Domino 20

Pixel Clock 43.5000 MHz

Horizontal Geometry
Scan Rate 31.250 KHz

Active 1024 pixels 23.540us
Front porch 104 pixels 2.391us
Sync Width 104 pixels 2.391us
Back Porch 160 pixels 3.678us
Total 1392 pixels 32.00us

Vertical Geometry
Refresh Rate 50.000 Hz

Active 576 lines 18.432ms
Front Porch 1 lines 0.032ms
Sync Width 3 lines 0.096ms
Back Porch 45 lines 1.440ms
Total 625 lines 20.00ms

Hope this helps

Jeff :rtfm:
 

Slate8

Standard Member
Thanks for taking the time to post the Powerstrip info Jeff. I'll give those settings a try this weekend and let you know how I get on...
 

Slate8

Standard Member
Well, I'm STILL not having any luck. :mad: I think something strange is happening with Powerstrip. Here's what happens:

I run Powerstrip and go into the "Advanced timing options..."
I click "Custom Resolutions"
I select "1024x576p (HDTV PAD -derived)" from he list of Predefined resolutions.
I click "Add new resolution"
The new resolution is applied and everything looks fine (correct resolution) on my lcd monitor.
I click "Close" from the custom resolutions window, but...
The Advanced timing options window has 800 active horizontal pixels and 600 vertical :confused:
These settings can not be changed to mach the details Jeff entered above. I assume that they should say be 1024 and 576 once I've applied the custom resolution?
If I click "OK" from the Advanced timing options and return to the "Display Profiles" screen, the selected resolution says 800x600!
Now the strange thing is that I know the resolution I'm using is 1024x576 on my screen, also if I go into the usual windows resolution settings (right click desktop and choose properties) these say 1024x576!

As you can probably tell, I'm one confused bunny. I've tried hooking up to the domino 20 with these setting but I still cant see anything. I'm sure if I could enter the details the Jeff supplied then all would be well, but just can seem to get the "Advanced timing options" screen to behave. Any ideas?
 

Slate8

Standard Member
Well that's just typical, I think I've figured it out. I didn't realise that powerstrip can support multiple monitors. It seems that when you're playing with the advanced timing options it will default to the second monitor. You need to select the primary monitor from the display profiles screen. Will try it on the Domino 20 later today.
 

Slate8

Standard Member
I've just tried 1024x576 using the exact advanced options that Jeff supplied. The Domino does display this resolution but the projector seems to see it as 720x576!

The aspect the PC is outputing is 16:9, so if i use the "Anamorphic" aspect on the domino it looks roughly correct but it's stretching the 720 pixels so text etc looks "bitty". Using the "Pixel to pixel" aspect, the image is 4:3.

So, I'm now assuming there's a problem with the projector, be it firmware or otherwise. Has anyone had this issuse before?
 

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