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Using a 22" HDTV as a monitor, why does it look like crud?

post #1 of 10
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I just hooked up a RCA 22la45rq via HDMI (that I got for free), size-wise is a huge upgrade over my 19" Samsung 940BW. The TV does support 1920x1080,
The problem is the images look horrible, the best way to explain it would be that all photos and images with alot of detail look like an oil painting and my icons on the taskbar look "flat" I tryed the tv's settings and MS's monitor calibration. Any ideas???
post #2 of 10
Problem with TVs and Monitors is that they're made for different purposes, Most likely your TV might need some adjustment or isnt scaling properly nor is it adjusting properly, try fiddling around with the settings..


Also, is your TV native to 1920x1080? Everything looks bad (LCDs and LEDs, excluding CRTs) when its not on its Native res, try different resolutions. biggrin.gif
Edited by gerickjohn - 2/26/12 at 7:46am
   
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Not sure of the Radeon GPU setup software but with Nvidia, I had to set things up from the Nvidia setup software. Once I saw my Toshiba LCD TV on there (was recognized automatically) I just selected it and Nvidia 560Ti took care of the rest. Gaming on a 42" is a bit "too much" but Netflix and such is awesome.
post #4 of 10
My 30" LED TV is also native 1080, and it looks like crap when I hook it up.

A DVI or VGA connection looks a little better than HDMI for some reason, but the best I can figure is TVs aren't designed to be viewed from that close so for the most part their pixel density is not as good as, say, a 21.5" Hanns G monitor.

Ive fiddled with windows clear type or whatnot, and that helped some.
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read the manual and see if it supports HDMI-PC
my HDTV monitor specifically says in the manual does not support HDMI through a PC (results in really bad quality, aliased text, washed out colors) so I use DVI
while my LED HDTV (sony) supports HDMI-PC
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Ok, after some trial and error, I believe SirWaWa was right, this tv doesn't support HDMI PC input. I am going to have to pick up a 15 pin VGA Cable later and then use my DVI-VGA adapter. I was able to get it to sharpen up tremendously by dropping the resolution down to 1680x1050.
Now, if I do use the VGA cable with the adapter am I going to lose any quality? I know this is always an issue with audio cable runs.
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Sounds like it's doing some scaling of its own. Does it have any resolution settings?
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The TV does not have any resolution settings with HDMI, I also noticed that there is a PC Settings menu option that is greyed out, i'm guessing that will become available after I hook it up via VGA.
post #9 of 10
This sounds pretty similar to two situations I've had in recent weeks, one being my own second display, a Samsung TV, and my friends new build that I put together for him with a LG TV. We are both designers so having this kind of quality reduction was kind of a pain, more so for him because its his main display.

After trying all I could think of on his PC, I actually tried something I remembered reading a while back, and that was to set the HDMI profile name on the TV to PC (or similar if its given as a drop down menu). Low and behold it worked, both for his TV and also mine when I got back home, reducing the jaggies and making the colours a bit warmer.

I'm not sure of the functionality of your display and whether it would be possible, but it might be worth looking into.
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Antiquated overscan FTL. Check out the second link in my sig--it helps to clear up some things. Luckily a lot of newer TV's these days are changing their ways, and lots actually support their "true" native 1080p resolutions with DVI or HDMI inputs, and you can even change the extent of overscan used, and even disable it completely.
    
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