The Starvision is a piece of **** any way you look at it (and I've been looking at it in a lot of ways). If the post for the KarPC Xenarc group buy had come along a week earlier I would have been a much happy man.
First, I will address the points raised by sq_geek:
I haven't emailed starvision.us yet, but I have sent an email to [email protected] and also have received no response. That may just be their PayPal account that they never check so I won't count this against them.I've sent an email to [email protected], but no one responded. I then forwarded it to Chris and let him know no one responded, but then he hasn't responded.. *sigh*
Yeah, my brightness isn't that high either. I think that touchscreen they installed is killing most of it. Also, the brightness changes significantly depending on even the slightest change in vertical viewing angle. I haven't installed it in my car yet so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be viewing the screen at an angle where the brightness is highest.1. Not bright enough, but nothing I can do about it.
Mine didn't seem to have this problem before I openend it up. When I mount the display back in the case, I will double-check.2. Lower-Right corner of LCD where cables stick out keeps coming apart slightly. Not a big deal, but annoying. The screw in the back apparently does NOTHING.. *shrug*
Again, I don't seem to have this problem. I changes brightness and contrast settings, unplugged the display for a few hours, then plugged it back in and they were all the way I left them. This is strange... I wonder if we have different versions of the microcontroller code... BTW, I opened up my case so i can see all of the chips being used. They are using a Novatek NT68320F LCD controller and a Novatek NT68F632 microcontroller on mine.3. Brightness, Contrast, and other controls don't save settings after I turn it off. I disabled "Auto-Adjust" but still they go back to defaults, which actually are REALLY close to my ideal settings, but not quite.
That's a good idea. I'll give that a try when I actually start installing things.4. No auto-on, but I believe if I wire up my PC's "boot signal" wire from the ITPS to the power pulse wire on the LCD, then it will turn them both on at the same time, and then off at the same time. Perfect.
Yup, like Armen said in the other thread I mentioned, these guys just took the TView display and the remote and repackaged it.5. The only two remote buttons that do anything are POWER and VIDEO SELECT. Nothing else works (mode select, mirror, menu, >, <, dimmer).. WTF!
I wish I could say the same (mine came with two dead pixels). But, I supposed things could have been much worse. The display itself is not so bad.Other than that, I'm happy..
I had no problems at all getting the touchscreen to work. However, since I already voided the warranty by opening up the case, I thing I'm going to try flipping it upside down to fix that annoying green bar that runs along the left side of the display. Can you believe that they installed it UPSIDE-DOWN!!!???Still haven't messed with the touchscreen (battling WinXP USB 2.0 driver legal issues, might need to run a different OS, *sigh*).. That better not give me any problems!!
What were they thinking...that we would not notice the blatant discoloration of a 5 pixel wide band running along the entire edge of the screen!!?? Wish me luck...
Oh, one other issue I wanted to bring up was that I still haven't been able to get the damn thing to switch into the 800x480 native resolution. I've tried various PowerStrip settings and X-Windows modelines but none of them work right. The closest I've gotten was using a 856x480 modline that almost works. It recognizes it as 840x480 and there are very little scaling artifacts. I guess I'll have to try that EPIA-M Bios patch that was posting on this forum (once I get my EPIA-M board).
I think we need to start a Starvision support group for those of us "early adopters" that got screwed with this thing. For some reason, I never seem to learn my lesson about not jumping on things without doing the proper research. But, then again, where's the fun in that?
EDIT: My Starvision display and touchscreen