Can I get 480p on a 16:9 format from my computer?

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  1. FyreDaug

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    My tv is a 51" 16:9 rear projection tv. I feed it component signal from my x800 pro (proper ati cable too). However, the resolution my computer does is 640x480 essentially 4:3. So when I watch a widescreen movie I get black bars on the top/bottom so I have to crop it to make it fit the screen.... why?

    Is there an option to make my computer output like 800x480 or something? Can my 480p tv do that? I can get 16:9 with the 1080i resolution, but it doesnt look as good.

    However, a circle on the computer screen looks like a stretched circle on the tv. So its obviously a 4:3 signal...

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    does your tv not support 720p?
     
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    While playing many DVDs wide screen TVs will still have black bars on the top and bottom. The 16x9 ratio for TVs is what HDTV broadcasts are not DVD movies.

    My guess would be to find out if your card supports a widescreen resolution and output it to that.
     
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    So pretty much have to use 1080i then? I dont really like the interlaced look, but ill give it a shot right now
     
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    Yeah the 1920x1080 works, tv knows to converrt to 1080i, is there no way to get a widescreen resolution for 480p? What about 3rd party tools?

    EDIT: hmm, using MultiRes I have managed to select 856*480, and there is a noticable difference in the shape of circles, they are very very close to what they should be. Infact you probably couldnt tell the difference.

    856x480 is 1.783333 where 16:9 is 1.777777 and 640x480 (4:3) is 1.333333

    So technically I just gained an additional 33% or so. Thats awesome, now to check with some widescreen vids

    EDIT2: I am losing about 20 pixels on the left, right and bottom. right click on desktop closest to the right will read "arrange ico" and miss the rest, but its fine on the top

    And if I select 848x480 it doesnt work right, I get a bar at the top and the screen will "scroll".... I dont mind losing a few pixels, because its much better now with a real 16:9 aspect... However, it would be nice to have the option to "move" the screen, so I can center it better (split the loss on the bottom with the top and make sure the sides are even)
     
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    I have no idea what to search for, for "moving" the screen, has anyone heard of anything that may work?

    This is nice that I can actually see the sides without having to crop it. I get that extra 200 pixels, makes a difference anyways.
     
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    Use VLC and screw with the aspect ratios manually, just try and trick it into cutting off the top and bottom, that's what I have to do.
     
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    this is the worst idea EVER... doing this would NOT be true 480p... You'd lose many lines of resolution.
     

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