new toy in the house

Ok,  it was time to replace my lovely Sony KRHV32M31 CRT with a new LCD.   The Sony is a beautiful CRT, but shall we say – it needs to lose a few kilos as it weighs a ton 🙂 .  Anyway, after lugging the beast upstairs (something I don’t care to repeat for a long time to come especially considering how sick i’ve been) the hole it left behind was filled nicely with a Philips 42PFL7403 .

Normally installation of this TV (just as a TV) is piece of cake.  Plug in the antenna, turn it on and answer the questions you get asked and it’s all done – really even my mum could have done it (Hi Mum 🙂 ).

Of course there’s a fair bit of Linux in my house so a reconfiguation of my  mythtv box was going to be required.   Previously the Sony CRT required handcrafted X modelines and was connected via a VGA to RGBHV cable.  I’d like to get those hours of my life back.   In this case I decided on using a DVI to HDMI adapter with an ancillary stereo audio cable tied to one of the Philips HDMI inputs.

After a couple of hours (yes I went and had lunch in that couple of hours as well) myth was alive and happily delivering 1080p content onto this really nice piece of equipment – don’t trust me, go read the reviews yourself and then have good look at it in the shops.

So what happened in those couple of hours (apart from lunch).  I just put in a standard ubuntu X config file, connected it to the TV, restarted X and had a look to see what happened.   The wonders of EDID saw the LCD automatically detected and I could start the mythfrontend in 1080p mode.   The GUI was off centered and required adjusting within the mythtv frontend settings.   This did however expose this bug which left an annoying white line at the top of the screen (boo!!).  Anyway, the simple solution was to put the XFCE panel into autohide mode which solved the problem.

Now, sometimes it’s a little hard to find true HD content being broadcast when you want it to show off the LCD in all it’s glory so I reserved a really nice piece of HD content called Big Buck Bunny which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.   The end result – happy family 🙂