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16:10 monitor and 16:9 HDTV: compatible?

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December 8, 2009 1:35:27 PM

Hello!
Short question about difference in resolution PC/HDTV. Here's whats up:
1. I have a Samsung T260 monitor 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920x1200 resolution
2. I want to buy a HDTV LG 42lh5000, which is 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920x1080
3. Video card is 8800 GT 512Mb (2xDVI)
4. Besides television i want to use the HDTV only for gaming.
So the question is:
Considering this aspects, and the fact that i always use the native resolution of the monitor which is 1920x1200 (1920x1080 looks ... ugly), how will the image be displayed on the 1920x1080 HDTV? Will the image be slightly adjusted automaticlly? (downscaled? ... I am not familiarized with the terminology, sorry) OR whenever i play, i have to set the resolution of the game to 1920x1080 so that the image is displayed correctly on the TV. Another thing, if the image is adjusted by the TV, will it look awkward?, I hope you understand what i asked :p 
Thanks!
December 8, 2009 3:50:42 PM

Are you going to have both the monitor and HDTV connected to the PC at the same time? When using the HDTV, you can just select 1920x1080 and it will look fine. If you try 1920x1200 on a 1080p HDTV, I don't think the image will display.
December 8, 2009 5:59:26 PM

Hey there, when you have 2 monitors/HDTV's plugged in, you can select which one would be the main screen and which the secondary. Also you can select in which to display full screen applications (in your case games).

that being said, the game will start and if it's a HDTV 1080p, the maximum available resolution will show as 1920x1080, so it will automatically detect what the max resolution for whatever monitor you're using is.

basically they won't look awkward or funny unless you force weird resolutions.
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December 8, 2009 8:31:59 PM

Hi and thanks for the quick reply! Yes, the TV and monitor will be connected at the same time. So i understand there are two options:

broketechjunkie (Clone mode) - temporarily change to a lower screen resolution when playing on the HDTV
jassao (extend the desktop) - i can choose on which monitor to display the application, so no adjusting of the resolution is needed.

Thank you very much!
December 8, 2009 9:40:12 PM

I'd prefer to play games on the 1920 x 1200 resolution. It'll look crisper and nicer, and on the 1080p TV you can watch movies etc.
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