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    I am currently putting together the components for an in-car PC.

    I am planning a system to play DVD's and Hi-Res games using an AGP graphics card.

    What Display Device is required for this level of output and what would the cost be?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Well, your low-end solution would be a graphics card with NTSC video out and a $99 6" VGA screen. But you say you want to play hi-res games, so it's not quite as simple. You're going to end up paying a lot more for your display if you want hi-res, hi-color games. The surplus $99 screen will do 256 colors and 640x480 resolution. That's it. You're not going to be able to find a surplus LCD that'll do 1024x768 res and 16.7M colors (24 bit), so you're going to be spending a pretty penny. According to pricewatch, the best price for a 14" flat screen that'll do 1024x768 is $800. From there it goes up. An 18" will cost you close to $2500. I hope this answers your question.
    digitalswirlee.com

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    • #3
      Thanks JupiterX,

      I am planning to use the eio display (if I can get one!) together with an ATI all-in-wonder. I am fairly non-technical when it comes to display rates and the like. Will the eio display still correctly display games through the video cards NTSC out even if they have greater than 256 colours. What about DVD's, what resolution are they and how will they look?.

      On a seperate note, does anyone have an idea if the TV-out mode on the All-in-wonder can be changed via software. The reason I ask is that I live in Australia where we have PAL television so I would like to buy the card here but it will be no good to me if it cannot output NTSC to the EIO display.

      Thanks for your time

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      • #4
        Most TV-out card support several flavors of both NTSC and PAL.

        --Jason
        http://jump.to/m2pc
        Jason Johnson
        Yorba Linda, California
        http://www.m2pc.com

        MPC Phase IV - *** PENDING ***

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        • #5
          I have the All-in-Wonder Pro. It is not software configureable between PAL and NTSC. Those signal configurations are hardware based.

          Steve

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          • #6
            I have a cheap card made by a German company called ELSA. The card was $89.00, is PCI, has 8mb of RAM, and has TV in and Out. In the tray application I can select from about 8 flavors of NTSC and PAL video, including European and Japanese formats of the PAL type. Most newer graphics chipsets with TV out capability have built-in support for software signal format switching.

            --Jason
            http://jump.to/m2pc
            Jason Johnson
            Yorba Linda, California
            http://www.m2pc.com

            MPC Phase IV - *** PENDING ***

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