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Why will no one help?

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by Gop, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Gop

    Gop Techie7 New Member

    Hi, i recently installed a new OS as my xp media center 2005 ran into sum difficulties (winlogon was quarantined by spybot search and destroy) however, i was able to watch tv on my samsung plasma tv, and zoom in and out to fill the 42inch screen as needed (with aspect ratio), now with my new OS (windows Vista home premium) media center cant manage to go full screen, it crops the picture. Ive tried all dispaly setting, nothing works. I downloaded ATI catalyst, but still no joy. The graphic card picks up generic PnP monitor, and the ATI catalyst sees the samsung tv, but the default is the generic monitor and no option to select the tv as a monitoe in device manager. Tv is connected via hdmi cable. Software i use is media centre, vlc player, windvd.

    Any suggestions?

    here are my specs:

    Computer System
    Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Model: M52L-S3P
    Operating System
    Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium (Service Pack 2)
    Version: 6.0.6002
    Build Number: 6002
    Install Date: 06/02/2010
    Install Directory: C:\Windows
    Locale: English (en) - United Kingdom (GB)
    DirectX version: DirectX 11
    Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Model: M52L-S3P (vx.x)
    Manufacturer: Award Software International, Inc.
    Model: F1
    Release Date: 31/12/2008
    1.AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (AuthenticAMD)
    Max clock speed: 2.60 GHz
    Socket: Socket M2
    Version: Model 11, Stepping 2
    Total Current Physical Memory: 3.00 GB
    Total Current Virtual Memory: 6.21 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity: 2.00 GB
    Memory Devices:
    1.Type: DDR-2* - Speed: 667 MHz - Capacity: 1.00 GB
    2.Type: DDR-2* - Speed: 667 MHz - Capacity: 1.00 GB
    3.Type: DDR-2* - Speed: 667 MHz - Capacity: 1.00 GB
    Video Devices
    1.Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
    Resolution: 1024 x 768
    Colour Depth: 32 Bits
    Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
    2.Radeon X1300/X1550 Series Secondary
    Resolution: x Colour Depth: Bits
    Refresh Rate: Hz
    Sound Devices:
    1.Logitech Mic (Communicate STX)
    2.Realtek High Definition Audio
    3.M779 PCIe PAL/SECAM/DVB-T Desktop TV Tuner (Video Capture)
  2. penguinpaul

    penguinpaul Dedicated Member

    Hi, is the graphics onboard, or a card?
    If the graphics is onboard, you might need to download the chipset drivers to get a result you're happy with. Also, are all media centre settings set to the right aspect ratio etc?
    Are you just displaying on the TV, or a monitor as well?
  3. Gop

    Gop Techie7 New Member

    Thanks for your reply. The graphics card is one i had from a Dell comp, I assume onboard means part of the motherboard, as standard? Media center uses the desktop resolution, which is where i seem to be having the problem, XP didnt have any issues with same comp.

    Tv is my only display, im not using dual monitors, though device manager just sees generic gnp monitor.

    How do you set aspect ratio in vista media centre? I just use the configuration guide.
  4. penguinpaul

    penguinpaul Dedicated Member

    If it sees your TV as a generic display, it might mean that you don't have the best drivers available for your card. Not having the right drivers can affect resolutions etc.
    Try getting drivers for it, from the manufacture's site if possible as Windows Update drivers for graphics cards aren't always the best option.
    I'll have a look on my Windows machine tonight, and see if I can see settings in Media centre :)
  5. Gop

    Gop Techie7 New Member

    Thanks for doing that. I downloaded the newest version of ATI catalyst.The drivers for Nvidia serial controller are 09/08/07.

    The catalyst see samsung as the main monitor, but as i mention, its not seen in device manager.

  6. penguinpaul

    penguinpaul Dedicated Member

    Sorry I took so long to reply, had so much work.

    Anyway, I looked in the settings on media centre, and the only place I can find any settings is:
    Tasks: Settings: General: Windows Media Centre Setup: Configure Your TV or Monitor

    It asks which screen you want it on, what kind of display it is, how it is connected, aspect ratio, and then what resolution you want (keep current, or change)
    If you select you dont want to keep current res, it will give you a list of resolutions to use.

    Hope you get the same options on your machine :)