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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:22 pm 



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Einzelherz wrote:
This weekend I discovered that one of the HDMI ports on my plasma has color saturation errors on a few shades. That means I'm now in the market for an HDMI switcher.

Rather than just getting a *.amazon one that I'd ask here for recommendations.


DirkSwizzler did all the work for you, if you can find these in stock at a reasonable price:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=63585


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:02 pm 



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Einzelherz wrote:
This weekend I discovered that one of the HDMI ports on my plasma has color saturation errors on a few shades. That means I'm now in the market for an HDMI switcher.

Rather than just getting a *.amazon one that I'd ask here for recommendations.

This thread has good suggestions: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=63585

Personally, I'm using a Vorke HD41pro (Which I think is no longer available), as well as a pair of SGEYR 5-porters (the 4k@60 model).

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much in the way automatic HDMI switchers with more than 5 ports, not to mention there are a number of consoles that don't play well with them (like the Xbox One, which doesn't disable its 5V when in sleep mode).


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:55 pm 



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nmalinoski wrote:
Einzelherz wrote:
This weekend I discovered that one of the HDMI ports on my plasma has color saturation errors on a few shades. That means I'm now in the market for an HDMI switcher.

Rather than just getting a *.amazon one that I'd ask here for recommendations.

This thread has good suggestions: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=63585

Personally, I'm using a Vorke HD41pro (Which I think is no longer available), as well as a pair of SGEYR 5-porters (the 4k@60 model).

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much in the way automatic HDMI switchers with more than 5 ports, not to mention there are a number of consoles that don't play well with them (like the Xbox One, which doesn't disable its 5V when in sleep mode).


I literally posted that right above you.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:07 pm 


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Super thanks!

For some reason I thought that thread was about capturing video and completely forgot about it.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:54 pm 



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ldeveraux wrote:
I literally posted that right above you.

Oops; I guess I didn't see there was another page of responses.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:55 pm 



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Can anyone recommend a "CRT-like" LCD monitor that is currently in production? Obviously nothing can compare to the real thing but I am looking for something low-lag with good black levels, pixel mapping etc. I've heard Viewsonic are pretty good but I've never owned one. OLED monitors are not currently within my budget (though black frame insertion is nice). Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:13 pm 


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GojiFan90 wrote:
Can anyone recommend a "CRT-like" LCD monitor that is currently in production? Obviously nothing can compare to the real thing but I am looking for something low-lag with good black levels, pixel mapping etc. I've heard Viewsonic are pretty good but I've never owned one. OLED monitors are not currently within my budget (though black frame insertion is nice). Thanks.


Most older LCDs are actually pretty terrible and the farthest thing from a CRT that can be imagined. It's not really been until the last 10 years or so that LCDs (at least sub $5k LCDs) started to get good enough to mimic the black levels of a CRT, and OLED obviously drove that in a large way.

So, I think the better question might be, "what newer LCDs are starting to be made that might satiate my desire for CRT-like black levels."


Also, you seem to be conscious of price, so that's an issue. "CRT-like" could be use as a benchmark for cutting edge and the most expensive in LCDs. I think the best approach is if you state your budget, and then I or others can make a recommendation. How much you want to spend?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:13 pm 



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GojiFan90 wrote:
Can anyone recommend a "CRT-like" LCD monitor that is currently in production? Obviously nothing can compare to the real thing but I am looking for something low-lag with good black levels, pixel mapping etc. I've heard Viewsonic are pretty good but I've never owned one. OLED monitors are not currently within my budget (though black frame insertion is nice). Thanks.


The blur busters approved one:
https://blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-monitors/


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:35 pm 



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strayan wrote:
The blur busters approved one:
https://blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-monitors/


That's perfect and is within my budget. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
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Sorry for the double post, I'm back with another unrelated question. I've started backing up my game collection to discs and I'm wondering what the best discs to buy for this purpose are. IIRC Taiyo Yuden were once the best but are not anymore because they were bought out or something(?). Apologies but if someone can just give me the TL;DR version of the best blank media for 2021 is it would be super appreciated. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:46 pm 



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What is the current state of Super FX/SA1/complex enhancement chip emulation like on the latest Krikzz flash carts? I know the FXPAK PRO touts support for those chips, but is the implementation fully accurate to an original cart?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:57 pm 



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GojiFan90 wrote:
Sorry for the double post, I'm back with another unrelated question. I've started backing up my game collection to discs and I'm wondering what the best discs to buy for this purpose are. IIRC Taiyo Yuden were once the best but are not anymore because they were bought out or something(?). Apologies but if someone can just give me the TL;DR version of the best blank media for 2021 is it would be super appreciated. Thank you!


RITEKs were desired maybe a decade ago, at least for the Gamecube.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:51 am 


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Are scanline filters simply overlays that mask existing pixels or do they generate new pixels beneath or above the original pixels? Does this depend on the scanline filter? If so, how does the OSSC behave?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:44 pm 


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Has anyone used any flashing hardware from RetroStage (the Retroblaster) or InfiniteNESLives (INLRetro Programmer/kazzo) for single-game flash carts? What was the quality like on either?

I am peanut-brained and like owning a separate cart for everything, and I won't be using them much anyway (just for some hacks, maybe a couple translations) so it's a cheaper investment for me than proper flashcarts for each console it supports.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:21 pm 



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Anyone using the Game Boy Interface HF presets here ? I'm trying to use the Super Game Boy palette option but all I get when doing the button combination as explained here is black and white. I tried with a few palette numbers.

EDIT : the answer is that you have to run the GBI through Swiss


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
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Can RetroTINK's RGB2COMP pass through component? Like if I ran YPBPR through a SCART cable into it would it attempt to convert the signal?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:32 am 



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Mantis128 wrote:
Can RetroTINK's RGB2COMP pass through component? Like if I ran YPBPR through a SCART cable into it would it attempt to convert the signal?

As far as I can tell, it's a straightforward circuit; so, yes, it would assume the incoming YPbPr is RGB and do its thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:42 pm 



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I'm using a DVDO with an xbox 360 and wondered if I should set the xbox to 720p or 1080p. I searched and found a few people say that 1080p can cause screen tearing in some games.

Right now I am using 720p and scaling it to 1080p through the DVDO and it looks good.


I'm also still having an issue with brief OSSC sync drops on PS2 when the screen transitions. I'm going to do some more testing but if anyone has any tips or advice about it that would help.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:05 pm 


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XBox360 720p vs. 1080p: some games perform a little worse when the system is upscaling to 1080p. There are only a handful of titles that really support native 1080p output and unless you want to play these utilizing their full resolution, there's nothing wrong with using 720p output.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:03 pm 



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What's the best monitor/TV still available for unscaled/unprocessed 720p gaming?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:05 pm 


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720p displays are incredibly rare, but on the majority of displays 720p to 1080p scaling is really nothing you have be afraid of.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:27 pm 


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Because of the low res, this is mostly the territory of small hobbyist displays at this point. This kind of display is 720p, https://www.adafruit.com/product/1033

It's only 7" diagonal though, so it would have to be for a small setup of some kind.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:30 pm 


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Bassa-Bassa wrote:
What's the best monitor/TV still available for unscaled/unprocessed 720p gaming?


You're asking for a native 720p display that is still in production? The only possibility is a DLP beamer. I think there are still high end Barco or Christie projectors (marketed for simulation) that you could get brand new. Properly installed, those would offer pretty good image quality and suitably low latency. I know TI did make DLP chips that were truly native 720p. Most of the consumer 720p beamers didn't bother with including low latency.

That's probably the only option for a brand new high quality native 720p gaming display. It's not worth it.
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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:41 pm 


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orange808 wrote:

That's probably the only option for a brand new high quality native 720p gaming display. It's not worth it.


NEC also makes 110" digital signage in 720p still: https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/product ... a019i2-110

Might be kind of cool, but costs 40K USD :P


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:52 pm 


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vol.2 wrote:
orange808 wrote:

That's probably the only option for a brand new high quality native 720p gaming display. It's not worth it.


NEC also makes 110" digital signage in 720p still: https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/product ... a019i2-110

Might be kind of cool, but costs 40K USD :P


A person could build a large 720p wall for considerably less. :mrgreen:

(Although, it's never going to be worth the expense.)

An LG C9, an OSSC Pro (720p linex2), and an Extron HD HD 4k A should be the preferred option next year for guaranteed pixelated/blocky 720p. The scaling will be nice on a large pretty panel.
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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:18 am 



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Okay, so I figured out a sync issue on my PVM, it was an IC, 1377C, to be exact. Upon firing the ol' girl back up, the display looks like this:

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Now I haven't touched anything or even looked at the service menu yet, and it's not in 16:9 mode, but the geometry wasn't like this at all before I replaced the chip. I also removed the neckboard and replaced the handful of caps on that, since I had them handy. Is it possible I bumped something on the yoke that could have screwed this up? I'll mess with the menu tomorrow, but I feel like that's not the proper solution here. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

UPDATE: I tried messing with the menu today. Adjusting the settings for V-size does nothing at all, but the other geometry controls are fine. Very strange.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
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Fudoh wrote:
XBox360 720p vs. 1080p: some games perform a little worse when the system is upscaling to 1080p. There are only a handful of titles that really support native 1080p output and unless you want to play these utilizing their full resolution, there's nothing wrong with using 720p output.


Thanks, I think I will keep it at 720p.


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Thanks or the answers, guys. I was afraid of confirming that there're not current decent/affordable options for native 720p. It's a real shame - many 2D games there which you can't display as they should be. I wonder how they'll look on a 4k display with a scanlines filter, in the case that the forthcoming OSSC can do that...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:18 pm 


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Bassa-Bassa wrote:
Thanks or the answers, guys. I was afraid of confirming that there're not current decent/affordable options for native 720p. It's a real shame - many 2D games there which you can't display as they should be. I wonder how they'll look on a 4k display with a scanlines filter, in the case that the forthcoming OSSC can do that...


Good luck with that. :) Not sure what 2d games were ever natively programmed to run at 720p, anyhow. Seems like an extreme edge case.
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 Post subject: Re: Questions that do not deserve a thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:57 pm 



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Yeah, I know. I think I read it was not totally impossible, though? It kind of baffles me the little demand for such a feature on this forum, anyhow.

There're lots of 2D games natively designed for 720p, from the uncountable fighters by Arc System Works, French Bread and many others, to the 1st person perspective RPGs and AVGs from Japan which populated the PS3 era, without forgetting classic stuff like Hard Corps Uprising or Monkey Island 2 Special Edition. They're still being made, believe it or not. Anyway, having 2D graphics is not really the point - if a game was designed for 720p as the native mode, a 720p panel is its natural display. The problem is how to find a decent one - was there even a Vewlix one "decent" enough?


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