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Thank you AMD

DoctorSpuds

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Thank you AMD for automatically updating the registry of my video drivers to the version before. Completely screwing up my screen and forcing me to manually update the registry with the proper driver versions whilst my screen is strobing, which meant I had to first find the drivers, find the version of those drivers, find the registry for those drivers and manually updating them there. Even after fixing the drivers the screen is still screwed up which means I have to daisy chain adaptors so I can use the weirdo proprietary Sony connector which I just so happen to have the proper adaptor for.

 

In the end I came out on top since I’m getting full VGA (Actually it's RGB, I'm just bad at words) now versus the stripped back palette (Limited RGB) I had earlier but still. That’s wack yo.

 

If you’re wondering I’m using an ancient Sony SDM-P232W monitor. The resolution still holds up and it’s built like a tank.

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8 hours ago, carlsson said:

Stripped back palette, is that like 256 colour mode from the old days?

Almost, Limited RGB, which is what I was using, has 16 fewer colors in the black and grey spectrum, while Full RGB gives you those extra 16. I was using the DVI port on my monitor which would only allow for Limited RGB and so the extra colors that were being displayed while the computer was outputting Full RGB defaulted to neon green.  Now that I'm using the other port, I can't even figure out what its called, I'm getting Full RGB and fixed the strange strobing in the blacks, greys, and pinks being displayed. The color difference is extremely underwhelming.

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The other port would be a HD15, classic VGA yes? Or do you mean HDMI on an "ancient" monitor?

 

Edit: Oh well, proprietary Sony you wrote. Then it must be something else than HD15.

 

I had never heard about Limited RGB with fewer levels of greyscale. I'm so out of touch that I don't know the difference between classic 24 bit colour (16.7 million), 32 bit and whatever is used these days. If that still is 16.7 million mode, it would equal to 16 out of 256 levels of greyscale missing or replaced with neon green.

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2 hours ago, carlsson said:

The other port would be a HD15, classic VGA yes? Or do you mean HDMI on an "ancient" monitor?

 

I had never heard about Limited RGB with fewer levels of greyscale. I'm so out of touch that I don't know the difference between classic 24 bit colour (16.7 million), 32 bit and whatever is used these days. If that still is 16.7 million mode, it would equal to 16 out of 256 levels of greyscale missing or replaced with neon green.

 

Yep, I just checked the monitor menu and it is HD15, I'm just lucky the monitor came with an HD15 to HDMI adaptor. This old thing has three or four VGA sockets and two HD15 sockets, it was clearly meant for office use.

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Eh, one monitor with 5-6 video inputs? Sounds like something from a surveillance system, using the monitor itself to switch input source instead of external mixer.

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2 hours ago, carlsson said:

Eh, one monitor with 5-6 video inputs? Sounds like something from a surveillance system, using the monitor itself to switch input source instead of external mixer.

It did have a fairly beefy lock on it, though I was assured that it wasn't stolen.

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The manual and pics I found says 2 HD15 + 2 DVI connectors, where each pair of HD15 and DVI are linked as one input source, for a total of two sources which is impressive but not quite what I just imagined...

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2 hours ago, carlsson said:

The manual and pics I found says 2 HD15 + 2 DVI connectors, where each pair of HD15 and DVI are linked as one input source, for a total of two sources which is impressive but not quite what I just imagined...

Yeah, It's kind of hard to get to the back of this thing, I just guessed the numbers. It has a large plastic shield covering the back which is a pain to take off.  Switching the inputs is a bit of a hassle as you can only have two active at a time, and swapping input sources takes longer than would be expected.

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Well, it takes about 5 seconds to switch channels on my modern TV...

 

Actually the Operating Instructions seems to suggest that you can have two sources per input (one DVI, one HD15) and through the menu can select which one should have priority which would mean you can have up to 4 devices connected to the same monitor, but only switch between two of them without reconfiguring the input priotities. Or I'm simply misreading the text.

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2 hours ago, carlsson said:

Well, it takes about 5 seconds to switch channels on my modern TV...

 

Actually the Operating Instructions seems to suggest that you can have two sources per input (one DVI, one HD15) and through the menu can select which one should have priority which would mean you can have up to 4 devices connected to the same monitor, but only switch between two of them without reconfiguring the input priotities. Or I'm simply misreading the text.

You're right, you can swap the active inputs with the press of a button, but navigating the menu to swap one of the active inputs with another takes a little while. The controls on the monitor are a bit hard to read.

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To be honest, if you need more than two input sources you probably should invest in a KVM switch, which also lets you save desk space as you only need one setup of keyboard and mouse. Even if those other inputs are consoles with no keyboards attached, the switch would work.

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2 hours ago, carlsson said:

To be honest, if you need more than two input sources you probably should invest in a KVM switch, which also lets you save desk space as you only need one setup of keyboard and mouse. Even if those other inputs are consoles with no keyboards attached, the switch would work.

Whoa! you're getting too fancy for me, and besides, I'd honestly hate to see what a 2600 looks like on a 1200x1930 screen.

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As long as each pixel scales proportionally, with the option of cutting off the sides to not stretch them, it probably would look decent. Of course LCD/TFT screens have fixed resolutions and tend to look awful on anything inbetween, unlike CRTs that don't go as high in resolution but handle pretty much anything in the lower range.

 

TBH when I wrote console, I meant something manufactured in the last 20 years.

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