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Hi all,

I am about to build a low end HTPC, (it will be my first), for the kids. My intention is to use an older Dell GX620 2.8GHz Pentium D (4GB RAM) running XP Pro SP3, MediaPortal and a Hauppauge HVR-1110.

The Dell can accept Low Profile PCI-e video cards and I have a Philips Widescreen 100Hz CRT 32PW8808/79R. According to the manual, (http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/3/32pw8808_79r/32pw8808_79r_dfu_eng.pdf) the TV can support:

* ED 480p 31.470 kHz 60 Hz
* HD 1080i 33.750 kHz 60 Hz
* HD 576p 31.250 kHz 50 Hz
* HD 1152i (1250) 31.250 kHz 50 Hz
* HD 1080i (1250) 31.250 kHz 50 Hz

as a video signal via the "Component In" or "RGB In" (The RGB in is a standard PC Analogue Video Plug).

So ruling out the 60Hz (because I live in a 50Hz country) - I believe I need a PCIe video card that will output 576p 50Hz. (There will only be one screen on the HTPC - the TV).  I am not sure what horizontal resolution I need?

How do I go about finding a PCIe card that will support this output resolution? I have several computers running reasonable video cards and none of them are capable of outputting at a resolution of "anything x 576". (Or for that matter anythingx1080).

Is their like a matrix somewhere that I can look this up? Perhaps I am completely on the wrong track?

Thanks.

-R
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by:Michael-Best
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You can simply get a PC TO TV Converter to connect your PCs VGA to the TVs S-VIDEO / Composite / Component inputs.

From dick Smith:
($80)
DSE PC to TV Converter
Supports Composite video, S-Video or RGB output. Also supports simultaneous display on VGA monitor and TV.
http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4d60dbf203b7e9ee273fc0a87f3b072d/Product/View/XH8624

Or from trademe.co.nz:
($29)
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/SearchResults.aspx?searchType=0002-0362-0850-&searchString=PC+to+TV+Converter&type=Search


 
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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It's usually possible to force the resolution you need.
Which case do you have on the Optiplex?
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by:Michael-Best
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Kiora from (ex Whg.) now Japan.
Your TV  does not support VGA or HDMI input,. so until you update your TV you need not update your video card.
The adapter I suggested is your best solution / if and when you upgrade your TV is when you should consider a new PCI card.
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RobMobility earned 500 total points
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Hi,

The PC can detect/negotiate the capabilities with the monitor/CRT when you plug it in using Component Video so I would recommend this route with your TV.

I would suggest a Low Profile AMD (ATI) 4350 with TV Out - you may need to purchase the mini-din to Component cable as these are not always supplied.

This will provide you with an upgrade path to HDMI should you replace the TV with an LCD/Plasma at a later date.

The ATI HD4000 series has in build HD video decoding so you might be able to install a Blu-Ray player in the PC case and with suitable software, play Blu-Rays to the TV?

Note the inclusion of the HD TV encoder and support for SDTV and HDTV resolutions:

¿Integrated AMD Xilleon™ HDTV encoder
•Provides high quality analog TV output (component/S-video/composite)
•Supports SDTV and HDTV resolutions
•Underscan and overscan compensation
¿Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
¿VGA mode support on all display outputs

Suggest something like this:

http://www.altechcomputers.co.nz/productinfo.aspx?id=23244

You'll need the HDTV to Component cable.

Regards,


RobMobility.
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Hi,

Within Catalyst Control you can define customer HDTV resolutions:

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/737-18883HowtoConfigureUserDefinedHDTVModesUsingATICATALYSTControlCenter.aspx

Regards,


RobMobility.
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