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PostSubject: PC / Windows help   Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:56 am

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Hi Folks

I mainly work on Mac, but I do have a PC with Windows 7 on it.

Question: I would like to hook the PC up to my TV to watch a video stream that I've paid for.

From the pictures below:

1. Is this possible
2. If so, what cables do I need
3. How to set both up so that the PC screen 'appears' on the TV instead

Thanks in advance for any help anybody can throw my way!

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Sockets available on the TV:

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PostSubject: Re: PC / Windows help   Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:44 am

Hi Chris,
not sure if this has been mentioned before but do you have a resolution settings on TV? change aspect ratio? looks like from your picture that it is showing in 4x3?
Re graphics advice the below might also help??
according to the specs of your machine -= Graphics = Integrated (Intel®️ GMA X4500 3D Graphics with up to 384MB Shared Memory)

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PostSubject: Re: PC / Windows help   Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:47 am

Hi Phil

Thanks for the info.

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Unfortunately I don't speak or read French, can you not change the language in the language setting to English UK?

If I change to English, it only changes the keyboard layout, not any of the menus, etc.

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However, you seem to be in the right place and your third picture is where you will need to 'try' different settings, such as try changing the resolution to : 1280 x 768 (setting I eventually settled on) and see if that helps.

Will do. I also found a quick way of changing them by right-clicking on the desktop as Ashley suggested.

I'll try a few different settings and see what happens.

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Just on a side note, I see you have one of those BIG THICK HDMI cables, in my earlier post I mentioned a flat HDMI cable I got from eBay which is quite good and hardly any weight in it to,

As I didn't have a clue what I was doing, I decided in the first instance to buy the cheapest I could find!

Thanks again Phil. I'll have a play with the settings and report back later.
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PostSubject: Re: PC / Windows help   Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:48 am

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Re graphics advice the below might also help??

Thanks for that, there's even French version of the PDF so I'll download that and take a read.

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PostSubject: Re: PC / Windows help   Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:47 pm

Hi Chris,

Not sure how you are getting on but thought I would possibly give a little more information which "
might"
help.

I just decided to set-up my Netbook with a HDMI cable.
This is for the first time of even looking at the graphics setup so it's not exactly 100% resolved.

Using VLC Media Player, I plugged in the HDMI and similar to yourself I got the picture on the TV (using the correct input channel) but got a fairly horrible widescreen picture on my TV (more Letterbox shape than widescreen), so went into the TV menu and found the ratio setting was set for widescreen (only 2 settings available so obviously still set from my previous setting for my main previous PC setup) but changed it to the 4:3 and got a picture similar to your picture with a reasonably even black band around all 4 sides, so changed it back to 16:9, but still not perfect.

OK,
Graphics settings for: AMD VISION Engine Control Center.

Going back into the settings I decided to select the option to 'Display Advanced Options', because I can actually find my way around it easier than just the basic setting. Sounds daft but it more visible for what you want.
(easier to find some settings, I know I will regret saying that later because as you will read I can't find HOW to change the resolution settings)

1. I selecting the Properties for 'Digital Flat Panel'
2. Selected/changed the "
Image Scaling"
to Enable GPU scaling and ' Maintain aspect ratio'
3. Maintain aspect ratio.
(so far this last setting is 'fairly close, but the height is still just a bit to big) acceptable but not perfect.

What I think I now need to change is the 'Maximum reported resolution: (which is pre-set at) 1920x1080' (maybe to something like 1920x960 and then see what happens, because I really do think at this stage it is just a trial &
error situation to get a 100% correct setting

BUT even after quite a while I can't find how to change the setting, but as said earlier the current display is well acceptable so am going to leave it as is, mainly because it's not a PC I will be using on my own TV anyway.

So don't know if that has been any further help or not, and it's not just you having setting problem, although mine is in English so I can at least understand what is being said, although never did ask if you could understand your French version.

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PostSubject: Re: PC / Windows help   Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:30 pm

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1. I selecting the Properties for 'Digital Flat Panel'
2. Selected/changed the "
Image Scaling"
to Enable GPU scaling and ' Maintain aspect ratio'

3. Maintain aspect ratio.
(so far this last setting is 'fairly close, but the height is still just a bit to big) acceptable but not perfect.

No 2 above seemed to have been my problem!

I thought "
because it looked"
as if I had to select "
Enable GPU scaling"
before selecting 1 of 2 following options, which I also chose the wrong one, I should have just chosen the second option of: "
Scale image to full panel size"


So, in a nutshell all I have had to change in my graphics setting for the (Digital Flat Panel) settings is:
Scale image to full panel size AND NOTHING ELSE. and the picture on my Widescreen TV is all good.

Once again hope this sheds some light on the matter and sorry for all/any confusion with the earlier post.
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