Maximizing screen resolution/settings for movies? I have had this since new
And am not sure I am getting the best resolution it is capable of producing. The max resolution shows 1024x768, but when I watch movies it shows 480p and 768x480. I am using an Oppo DVD 981 player and running it through an HDMI to DVI connection. When adjusting the resolution for the Oppo it will only allow me 480p as an option. Can I get better resolution?
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1.Minimize all applications so thatyou have a clear view of your desktop.
2.Right-click an open area of thedesktop - make sure you don't right-click an icon such as My Computer bymistake.
3.From the small menu that appears,click (left mouse button) on "Properties."
4. A "Display Properties"window will appear; click the "Settings" tab to bring it to thefront.
5.In the lower right portion of thattab, find the section titled "Screen Area" with a slide bar goingfrom left to right, or from "less" to "more."
6.With your mouse, slide the bar tothe right, towards the "more" side. As you slide the bar, youshould see the word under it go from 800 X 600 to a higher resolution, such as1024 X 768.
7.I recommend trying just one notch ata time. Click "Apply" to test your new settings. Aninformational message will appear, saying that you will have 15 seconds to testyour new settings before they take effect.
8.Click "OK" to test the newsettings. The screen will change to allow you to view it, and if you wantto keep those settings, click "Yes" within 15 seconds. To keepyour old settings, click "No" or wait 15 seconds.
9.Repeat steps 6-8 until you have asetting that you are satisfied with. When you are done, click "OK" tomake the Display Properties box disappear. Tips:
Some video cards and/or monitors support fewer colors as the screen resolution increases. It is up to you to decide which is more important. The number of colors is to the left of the "Screen Area" section on the same tab.
Once you have your resolution set higher, try maximizing the window for various programs. You may be surprised how much of a spreadsheet or webpage you can view on your screen!
Your cable box and TV are set to different resolutions. Check the setup on both and make sure everything is the same (ie 720p to 720p or 1080p to 1080p) Make sure your cable box can give you 1080p (Nice set, BTW!!). HDMI is supposed to automatically take care of the settings, but it does not hurt to double-check.
Depending on the manufacturer of the cable box, there may be screen setting for "letterbox" which should be selected.
Some TV channels, when redirected through a cable box, simply will not display full resolution (1080p) programming. Your cable TV provider can tell you which channels are displayed in high resolution.
Finally, make sure your cable provider gave you the correct box. Older boxes are not capable of providing 1080p resolution, and since you own a 1080p set, you deserve nothing less!
After searching the owners manual I find that there is nothing mentioned about the screen resolution i.e. 480p to 1080p.
This set is capable of your desired resolution and as far as I can tell it auto selects because it senses the input video and decides which is the best setting for that source.
It's important to understand that you need 1080p video to use it at it's full capabilities. It won't give you a 1080p resolution from a VCR or a standard DVD player. You need a DVD player that is capable of producing a 1080p encoded video. Some satellite receivers are capable of that but you need to make sure you know what resolution that you are sending to the television.
Local TV stations won't usually broadcast HD at 1080p. Your best bet is to use a DVD player that is capable of that high resolution for your best picture.
Please note that what it says in the owners manual about "Resolution" has nothing to do with the 480p, 720p or 1080p signals, your set selects that automatically it will start by selecting the 1080p then goes to 720p then 420p it's dependent on the video you send to the set.
Please note the "resolution" function is actually like a "sharpness" control.
Your video input (tuner, VCR, DVD, games and etc.) is likely your problem.
Try this. Make sure you are at the desk top screen. Right click your mouse click on properties. When the display properties comes up select the settings tab. Now you will see the display properties and you can adjust tho get a higher resolution screen. Hope this helps. JimmyC
Today with HD High Definition TV these kind of problems appears because the new dvd players have more video resolution options, so, for playing all variety of dvd, and home done dvs,s (like family movies on dvd) you need set up your resolution video on your DVD player at 480i or 480p option, not higher because some DVD movies (mainly oldies) have lower resolution than newer , for example new movies on HD format have 1080 P resolution, and if you have this option chosen in your DVD player you only can see this kind of videos, on the other hand if you have chosen 480i or 480 p on your dvd player , you can play all dvd formats including home movies made with any movie software, in this way you can play dvd-r and +r movies and of cours you can play HD movies also.So put some dvd where your dvd player works well (you need see the dvd menu in the tv screen), then press stop. Then press setup in your remote control, go to video resolution and choose 480 I or 480p, then press ok AND ENJOY THE MOVIE. Smart techniques
Your resolution is based on your video cards capabilities. If your still using the originalon-board, integrated video I doubt if you'll be able to reach such resolution. Open control panel, open Display. Click the Settings Tab. You will notice Screen resolution & there is a slide bar. Sliding the bar to More will increase the resolution. You'll see what the max is for your video card. As to your LCD monitor it's max resolution is capable of reaching 1680x1050. Keep in mind the word " capable ".
If you need that kind of resoluton you'll need to find a AGP video card that can go that high.
To adjust screen size, choose the View Mode feature on the top right of the remote control. Zoom size is full screen for watching DVD movies, but sometimes there is still a thin black band due to the formatting of the dvd (unless you buy full screen versions) S. Stretch view mode is best for TV Movies.(usually fills whole screen) Occasionally there are TV movies which just don't respond to being stretched to fill the screen, it's just the way the signal is coming through . 1080i/p detects the resolution of the signal and displays the same number of pixels on the screen, but a 720p signal input will be viewed in full screen.
The Aquos is capable of 1080p which is the best current HDTV resolution - awesome! The exact resolution is 1920x1080 with a 60Hz refresh rate.
Its also very capable at upscaling 720p inputs. I've done various tests and visually there is practically no difference when watching a regular DVD and having the DVD player do the upscale, or letting the television do the upscale.
If you are connecting a computer then its a little more complicated...
If you are attaching a computer to the television then if the video card in your computer is capable of 1920x1080 at 60Hz then this would be perfect. Personally I would rather use 720p rather than drop to 1080i as the drop in resolution isn't noticeable from 4 feet whereas interlacing causes me to get a headache after a while. (LCD / Plasma interlacing isn't as bad as old CRT monitors that used to use interlacing - so not everyone will get eye strain / headaches from it)
The television is also good at showing other computer resolutions too although you'll need to make sure "overscan" is turned on which can cause some bits of the computer desktop to disappear off the edge of the screen...
I spent quite a while getting the DVI->HDMI working - to be honest I'm not entirely sure it was worth it and the results from a regular older style monitor connector is pretty similar... If your graphics card can't handle the required resolutions - then it may well be worth a new card as HDTV output cards are available pretty cheap...