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    epia tv out quality

    OK i have an epia m9000 using the composite out to an lcd that has a 2400 x 480 resolution and 250nit the quality im getting is absolutly horrible. I mean I dont expect to be vga quality but even at 640x480 you can barely read the text. I am curious if this is just because the tv out thats on board sucks or possibly something else I need to look into. Ive thought about picking up a matrox dual head card as everyone seems to say that the video out on these cards is great.

    Any suggestions...

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    If I'm correct you LCD resolution is really 800 x RGB x 480. Or simply put 800x480.

    Text will be unreadable unless you increase the font size. Running at 640x480 will make it more readable, but you will still need to increase the font size. This is the major down side to TV-out.
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    If you want to get a card with tv out, I have always recommended ATI's they are great for TV use.

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    I guess I will check into the ati/matrox cards see what kind of results I get. I hooked up my lcd to the tv-out on my compaq laptop and at 640x480 standard font it was much much better, easier to read.

    I just have a feeling that the tv out on the epia blows as to be expected so far this board has sucked beyond what I thought it would. Dvd barely works and the only plus that I have see from it so far is that it dosent generate much heat.

    May be putting this up for sale soon as I just dont feel its going to meet my needs.

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    id even recomend Asus TV out cards also. ive owned a few of them and my asus GF2 is better than my chaintek 4600

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    dvd should work great. Make sure you are using PowerDVD (the only windows dvd player capable of taking advantage of the EPIA on board hardware dvd decoder) and make sure that you have the hardware acceleration turned on in the PowerDVD software too.

    See http://www.mini-itx.com/reviews/nehemiah/?page=12#s25 for more detailed info - it should work fine.

    The Via graphics processor on the mobo is not cabale of outputing to widescreen formats by the way...

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    Originally posted by phoTToniq
    The Via graphics processor on the mobo is not cabale of outputing to widescreen formats by the way...

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    That's not exactly true, it can display 848x480. Just not on the TV-Out.

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    My Epia M display 848x480 on the TV out and is the perfect resolution for a 7" 16:9 screen.
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    WOW - really? So it can display widescreen? Damn - this is what had been putting me off of buying one.

    Now i just need to clarify whether it can do it on the TV out as well as the VGA port..

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    Yea Ill have to look into that to becaue I dont think i saw that as an option for the resolution. I just set it to 640x480 and use the display drivers to stretech the width, it scoots it over just a little to much but it does take up the whole screen. With myHTPC the way everything is layed out it looks good.

    I played around with the contrast/brightness on the screen along with the tv out settings and got it to a point where it does not look washed out anymore.

    As much as I like media engine the way its layed out and the text is just not clear enough for tv-out quality even if it was designed for it compared to the setup in myHTPC.

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