Tags: lcd

07/16/11

  05:06:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1073 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

Woot! Got me another monitor....

Link: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=18239

For some time I've been thinking of getting another 23" Widescreen monitor....likely a Famous Maker one via Woot! This is because when I set up Zen, I kept put the 21.6" Vison monitor that I had gotten from Woot! as my secondary monitor and changed to a Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI from Woot! as my new primary display.

Despite the fact that it was HDMI only (so its a bit weird on boot, because BIOS uses DVI output as primary...but during the Windows start up it'll switch to monitor on HDMI as primary.) But, it has built in speakers, and digital audio routes out to it via HDMI. Though I have regular speakers + sub as my main audio output. And, that this display is glossy.

What's a problem is the difference in display resolutions. The 21.6" Vison is 1680x1050 and the 23" Famous Maker monitor is 1920x1080. The big issue being the different in vertical resolution. Certain apps open windows in the wrong place on the secondary (left) display...yes that's backwards from how most people do it, but the desk that I have.....file drawers on the left....it worked best to have the second display angled and on the left. Anyways...the apps open as if it was vertically the same....resulting the top frame of the window being above the top of the screen. Which makes it hard to move, close, etc. :##

So getting another 1920x1080 display for Zen was on my wish list.

A few weeks ago...a Woot! featured a "Famous Maker 23" LED Widescreen" monitor...I didn't look too closely at the specs, and I don't know if it would've made enough difference. Of course, it wasn't going to be exactly the same as my previous "Famous Maker 23" Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor with HDMI". First thing about it...its LED. The old one is CCFL. Other differences I noticed was that it does have a DVI input (important, since DVI is what I need). Beyond that I didn't see anything about it being a non-glare or not display. As it is...its a non-glare type. Not sure if that's why it seems slight different in color to my main display, or its the LED backlighting difference or something else. Kind of annoyed about the color difference, though its something I've put up with on TARDIS (Vison display was VGA driven versus Dell display on DVI...at least I thought that was why). Pretty sure though I didn't notice a color difference when it was Vison on the first Famous Maker display on Zen. Wonder if I need to invest in some kind of color calibrator? Or if there's some hidden menu where I can fiddle with things easily.

Though it only bothers me when a lot of the desktop wallpaper is visible on both displays.

Anyways...the swap was pretty straight forward once I put the new Famous Maker 23" LED Monitor together....there were no instructions with it, but I was able to figure things out. Turned off the old display disconnected AC and DVI cord from Vison. And, swapped the displays. Connected DVI and kept AC cord to go into transformer module for new Famous Maker monitor. Old Famous Maker has AC cord directly to it....wonder if that's due to LED vs CCFL...or just that new Famous Maker display tries to be slimmer.

Then things got a little wonky....it detected the disconnect of the display....and adjusted my desktop....threw my icons over to main desktop and shoved gadgets too. And, then adjusted for new monitor. It had the resolution adjusted to 1920x1080. I was a big confused as to which monitor was which as I went through things in the Nvidia control panel. Couldn't remember what it detected original Famous Maker display as.

It was easier when it was the Vison...which Nvidia detected as MW22E-BAD. Which I thought if interesting commentary about my monitor (seemed it came to be on Sellout.Woot! because the company had closed up....) Turned out I had guess wrong at first....but eventually I sorted out which was which. The original Famous Maker is reported as an HP w2338h Wide LCD Monitor, and the new Famous Maker is reported as an HP 2311 Series Wide LCD Monitor.

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11/01/09

  01:21:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 196 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Daylight Saving has ended....

Seems to have snuck up early this year. Also seems to be fewer clocks to check, or I'm just assuming more things have updated correctly on their own and other devices I just don't care if they have the right time or not. :lalala:

But, before I started this post...I remembered two other missed clocks. Now how do I set the time on my VX-7R, wish they didn't make it so complicated....where's the manual gone to. And, where is my watch hiding? :hmm:

Now in the past it was tradition to check how many hours were on the lamp timer on my HLN4365W1....but....oh what the heck, I'm gonna check it.

Wonder where the remote has disappeared to..... U-(

Guess I'll try the remote for my SIR-T351....that works. 2364 hours....so 1321 hours since last end of DST, so about 2-3 years left? Wonder what I'll get as my new TV? Wish they didn't stop making 50" DLP RPTVs. LCD & Plasma have such wide bezels that I have to go down to a 46" to find one that'll fit my stand.

Oh well, that leaves the last thing to do today is replace the batteries in my smoke detectors and test them.

06/15/09

  06:51:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, OTA HDTV, HDTV, Blu-Ray

The end is near for ReplayTV.

My ReplayTVs that is.... Today, I canceled the rest of my ReplayTV subscriptions.

I had canceled a subscription a while back when one of my ReplayTVs died. But, I continued with the other 4 monthly units. I still have the 2 lifetime units.

I haven't watched anything that I've recorded with my ReplayTVs since that cancellation, in fact there was probably some length of time before the cancellation that I had stopped.

But, I wanted to be sure that I didn't need to go back.

Last weekend, another one of my ReplayTVs went away....it did its maintenance reboot and then got stuck in a reboot loop.

The first ReplayTV to die was the second ReplayTV that I had acquired, it was probably the first one that I upgraded to 250GB. I had first patched a 5060 to fully use its 80GB drive, but I had voided and done that for other reasons. And, that gave me the experience to go and upgrade all my ReplayTVs to 250GB. The last one to get upgraded went to 300GB (well, it first went to 160GB....using the 160GB drive from my very first ReplayTV...and then a 300 to make it close to what the others reset were....plus I was using it for OTA HDTV recording.

Anyways, the one that went last weekend was my very first ReplayTV....a 5160.

Along the way I acquired a 5040, then another 5040, then a 5060. It was supposed to stop there, but I was renting a cable SD DVR which died...so I downgraded to a regular cable box and got a 5080 with lifetime. Later I got another 5080 with lifetime. And, then in the final days of 5000s...I picked up a refurb 5040, which I then upgraded to 250G to be an additional OTA HDTV recorder. That was the only one that was post 250GB+ to have a drive fail and I then patched a new drive to go in it.

When the first ReplayTV died, I decided to go without. And, now its time to completely be free of them.

Plus I've been looking for a new TV....it'll probably be the same size as my current one, but 1080p and LCD. Apparently they don't make 50" DLP's any more...and 50" LCDs have too thick of a bezel to fit my current stand (so 46" is probably as big as I can go...though that isn't to say that I couldn't look at a new stand.) It probably will be a year or two before I take that plunge. I'm hoping that the current bulb will do that and then replace the whole thing when it gets too faded. But, one thing about new TVs...is they lack S-Video inputs. Though ReplayTV can do component....it doesn't do it very well.

OTOH, I'm planning to make the plunge into Blu-Ray before Xmas. But, I guess I'll just live with 720p....

I don't know what I'm going to do with the desubscribed ReplayTVs....not sure the logistics of trying to sell and ship them. I will probably hang onto the two lifetime units short term....thinking of playing with OTA HDTV now that things are fully transitioned, of course I might find that I still can't receive anything OTA. Guess it depends on how much interest I have in playing around....

05/29/09

  09:14:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 420 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Woot! Got a new monitor

Link: http://sellout.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=8227

A Vison 21.6” Widescreen LCD via sellout.woot.com

I had been thinking of getting a ~22" Widescreen LCD monitor for some time....I had a variety of rules of what it needed to be or should have. And, what price I would snap one up at.

Then I saw this monitor on sellout.woot.com, and most of the criteria went out....it was the right price, it had DVI input, it was about the right size and dimension. So, I snapped it up.

Then there was a seemingly long wait...considering that there were other items that I had acquired by Woot, before and after the monitor...and all those items have already arrived.

But, today I came home from work, and the monitor was sitting on my door step.

Hooking it up, I found that the supplied cables were rather short, which limited where I could place it. Then I discovered that my memory of my PC was flawed. The video card only has one DVI and one VGA output, I thought it a pair of DVI-I's....but I guess it was a DVI-I and a VGA. So, buying that DVI cable from TigerDirect was unnecessary....though I'm sure I'll find a use for DVI cable down the road. I remember thinking it was odd that I didn't have one already laying, which prompted me to order it (since reading the description, I noted that while it had DVI input...it didn't provide a DVI cable).

Then came trying to figure out the steps to get computer to detect new monitor, use new monitor and output 1680x1050 to it. I took a gamble and updated the video driver. Computer came back, so guess it worked.

Years ago, I had updated through Windows Update...and had to rollback in order to be able to boot. There had been other occasions where recovery was messier....so I was worried about doing that again. And, actually I probably didn't need to....

The new monitor doesn't look quite as good as the old Dell 1800FP, but that's probably the difference of DVI versus VGA...though some of it is also color tuning....and some might be aging.

But, I've started to customize things and now I'm going to stay with how things are.....

....at least until I decide what the next computer upgrade will be. Don't know if it'll be a new machine pre-installed with Windows 7 or a Mac....either way with an XP VM &#59;D

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