Saturday, August 10, 2013

What should I spend my back taxes on!!?

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I am getting around 200 in back taxes. and I am trying to decide on what I should spend it on. Theres only one thing I NEED but the other things I WANT.

Things I need:
New tires for my truck - price- 508.19

Things I want:
HD TV- Picture on Tv now is going out (Keeps flickering)
HD PVR (To record video of gaming and upload them on youtube.)

I need help deciding. And dont just say tires cause my tires aint bad. They just need replaced sooner than later

Thank in advanced

Since you have a bad i'd say buy a new TV. There are some cheap ones for around 200-300 dollars. There about 32-37 inches i think. Don't buy a PS3 just yet because the PS4 is coming this Holiday 2013. I'm pretty sure that Sony will drop the price of PS3 if you still want it. On black Friday Sony comes with bundles that much cheaper than now so don't get PS3 now. Considering that HDTVs are really cheap now you can buy that now. For HD PVR you will not need that because most games now have a theater mode where you can save that gameplay, use a usb flash drive to transfer the gameplay to your computer then upload.

Is this a good gaming rig?


A friend is helping me build a gaming computer, I don't know tons about them, but I know enough to be able to overclock and the like (what I intend to do with this actually) But this is a bit above what I know. So Is this a good rig for gaming? (apologies if my grammar is a tad off, I'm native German so English is not my first language.)

BLUETOOTH: USB Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter
CASE: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window
CASEUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
CD2: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
CASE FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans
FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H110 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 280MM Radiator & Fan
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD 1TB x 2 (2 TB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance
HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: * AZiO Large Print KB505U Keyboard w/ Tri-color backlight
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/2133MHz Quad Channel Memory
MONITOR: 32" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre X325BV-FHD LCD HDTV w/ Built-in Speakers, VGA & HDMI-Input
MOTHERBOARD: (SLI/CrossFireX Support) MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Winki 3, OC Genie II, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16 & 4 PCIe X1
MOUSE: Razer Deathadder 6400dpi 2013 Essential Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply
SOUND: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Xonar DG Sound Card
USB: PPA External 4-Port USB 2.0 Silver Star Hub
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card

Altogether it will cost me about $3010.

He assures me this would be able to play Battlefield 3 on dual monitors, or Skyrim with 150+ Graphics Mods installed.

What do the good people of Yahoo Answers think?

It is definitely something i wish I could afford...The only problem I see here is that the power supply might not be enough for both those video cards. The 680 needs at least 550w and the 640 needs at 350w so, you need a better power supply for it. Other than's a really good computer with tons of stuff.

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What is the best 3d projector currently out in the market?

does a LG 47LW5300 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV have a pc port?

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and anyother ports like hdmi usb things of that sorce

No, LG is just an descent quality TV manufacturer. They have a high repair rate. I would prefer Samsung over LG because of its LED and picture quality. Go for the top of the line TVs for 2011, including the UN46d7000 or UN46d8000. These are the best sets in the market today, including 3D as well.

okay so what the fudge is going on?

Gabe Moran

i have both an xbox 360 and ps3 system... now heres the problem on my old fat standard tv the quality picture was decent you know nothing that didnt bother me until it was time to step it up to hdtv i bought myself a 2011 vizio 47 inch led tv and runs 1080p i believe and like i have an hdmi cable (bought it radioshack brand kind is what it is) and like the quality on the games is all its not sharp enough to what i would see compared to youtube gameplay videos on the highest quality so yeah please help this is bothering me :(

Your question ended up in Cooking & Recipes because you used "fudge" in the main line of your question. I suggest you ask your question again under the proper technology category to get possible solutions to your dilemma.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How do you connect a laptop to a TV?

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I want the TV to display whats on the laptop.

Most new laptops have certain display ports located on the left side, usually where the fan exhausts are, the one that is most commonly used to hook up to HDTV's is HDMI.

This is what it looks like:

You will need a hdmi cable to connect the port of the laptop to the tv, which looks like this:

HDMI cables are not so expensive, depending on how long they are. Usually if you have a long connection from the laptop to the tv, you may want to invest in higher quality cables, but for the most part something like this would be more than enough:

When you have connected the pc to your tv, another cool feature you can use is the ability to turn off the laptop screen when its connected to the tv, and the process to do so can differ depending on what kind of GPU you have, ( Intel, AMD or nvidia)

Questions about Panasonic GT50 THX Cinema picture mode?


I purchased a 50" GT50 HDTV a few days ago and I absolutely LOVE it! The picture is amazing. I was playing around with the picture modes though and i noticed one called "THX Cinema". How is this different from the regular "Cinema" mode? When i switch between them all that's obvious is that the picture looks a bit smaller but more complete (like it zooms out a tiny bit). Of course I'm completely ignorant to all this technical stuff so what do I know. Can anyone explain this to me? I the THX mode optimal for movies and such?

For a given manufacturer’s compliant display, THX [picture] modes are intended to provide a set of simple preset picture settings that conform to THX’s carefully chosen criteria for video image quality. Ideally the preset THX picture settings should provide the most natural or accurate video image quality short of a professional video display “calibration.” In reality, for the more demanding perfectionist it is relatively easy to surpass the image quality performance offered by the preset THX picture modes on the 2012 Panasonic plasma display panels by using the Custom picture mode along with proper display calibration software and hardware.

In addition:

THX picture modes (according to Panasonic GT50 series eHELP, page 25):

‘Precisely reproduces the original quality of the image without any revision.’

‘Recommended for playback of THX disc[s] (disc[s] with “THX” logo.) THX mode is used to mirror the picture settings used by professional filmmakers, faithfully reproducing the image quality of THX Certified movies. (THX Certified movies have the “THX” logo on a disc.)’


– THX Certified Plasmas, LCD TVs & Projectors
– What Makes Panasonic’s New GT50 THX Certified Displays So Special

Panasonic TC-P55GT50 Review, page 2, CNET

HDTV picture settings forum: Panasonic TC-P55GT50 picture settings

HighDefJunkies Forum
– Official Panasonic GT50 Series Thread
– 2012 Panasonic Settings/Issues Thread

Official Panasonic GT50 Series Discussion Thread - AVS Forum

Official 2012 Panasonic VT50 Series Discussion Thread

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

As of today, 2-16-2012, what is the proverbial Ferarri of HDTVs?

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Supply Sid

It's getting about time to upgrade. Now I have a finished basement which is a game/media room. The couch will be about 10 feet away from the TV so I'm thinking I can go 60 inches or more, EASY.

A few years ago, it was the Pioneer Kuro. Now, it is the Sharp Elite series.

Note that this is the ultra high-end. You will get a very good quality from each top brands also:
Sony = HX929
Samsung = D8000
Panasonic = VT30
LG = LW9800 (but the reviews are mixed)

If you want to go really big (> 70"), you have not a lot of other choices than Sharp though. The rest of the manufacturers stops at 65" in 2011.

(And if you want to wait, new 2012 models will be out in about 1-2 months)
[To AVDaddy: No, manufacturers just announced them at CES in January. Most of the models will be out in March-April, but some are only planned to released in fall]

Does anybody know what it is called?


I saw a commercial in the middle of the night for a cable (box?) that you can access over 900 channels with. It's $47, a one time payment for the (box?) and no monthly payment for the cable. It said that since the government switched t.v. to digital that its completely legal for them to be doing this. Can anybody tell me what its called?(name of company or what this box is called?) Thanks!

The ad is for a UHF antenna called Clear-Cast that is supposed to be able to pick up TV channels within 50 miles of your home. Nobody has 900 broadcast stations within 50 miles of his home. The digital switchover has nothing to do with the legality or illegality of selling UHF antennas.

1. You get what you pay for (or less in this case, RadioShack sells the same antenna for $25.00).
2. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn't.

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What are artifacts when testing image quality?

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Reading many image quality reviews for HDTV's, there is alot of talk about artifacts (poor image quality)

What are artifacts, what do they look like, what do they do, how do they affect image quality?

Are they like big pixel squares, or cloudiness in the image?

What are they?

An artifact is a general term that refers to anything that was not faithfully reproduced. It covers a lot of ground.

The most noticeable artifacts are those that cause jagged edges or smears but just about any defect due to the encoding and decoding process an / or display anomalies could qualify.

when i connect my ps3 eye and i start a game with it the image quality seems to be like an old tv why?

Q. when i connect my ps3 eye to my ps3 and i start a game with it ...the image quality seems to be like an old tv nd i have a panasonic hdtv 1080p does anybody know why?

The eyetoy is a crappy webcam....its not going to look all that good. Thats how there made

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Does it still worth to buy a PS3 FAT?

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Lets face it. Its 2013. Still I would like to ask: should I invest? Im planning on buying a cheap first gen PS3, I would renovate it by cleaning it and changing thermal paste, adding a new, large hard drive. I am also planning on buying a cheap HDTV to use with it. I want to buy it becouse I want to play some games that are only available on the PS platform, but also any games I can get my hands on. But the big question: should I invest in buying a first gen PS3 that probably was made in 2006 or 2007? Also is there a noticeable difference between the SLIM and the FAT versions? I need advice, please help.
Please note that I dont want to wait for the PS4 becouse I dont have the money for that thing....

If you don't plan on getting a ps4 right away then ya get a ps3, but you should get a slim as they're more reliable.

is walmart having an in store after christmas sale this year?


i want to buy a video gams for a low price

The Walmart After Christmas sale in 2012 will begin as an online only sale on Christmas Day. Then, you will be able to Shop the Day After Christmas Sale at Walmart. Most sites and stores do not have sales that actually start on Christmas Day. Walmart is one of the few stores that has a robust sale that starts so early. A lot of websites really start pushing their deals hard on the Day After Christmas.

There will be a ton of great deals on electronics, toys, clothing, home items, even Christmas Decorations on sale starting Christmas Day and on Tuesday. The Walmart After Christmas 2012 sale will continue on throughout the week more than likely ending during the weekend before Walmarts New Years sales begin. The reason for all the great deals is that it’s the end of the year and Walmart needs to get rid of a lot of their inventory to make room for 2013 sales items. That’s why you end up seeing such large price cuts on high ticket items, like electronics. Look for the price cut on iPhones and iPad 3s. Also, look for other deals on tablets and laptops, as well as some really good after Christmas 2012 deals on HDTVs.

Walmart’s prices are not only competitive, but in most cases they tend to be lower than any other stores, either online or offline. Unfortunately there are no Walmart After Christmas 2012 coupons anywhere. So don’t bother looking, Walmart does not accept any online coupons. There will be Free Shipping offers though. You can find all the deals online at the Walmart After Christmas Sale.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

What will come after the Xbox360, Wii, PS3?

which way is the best choice to connect my laptop to HDTV?

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My laptop can ONLY support S-video and VGA output. I don't have a great video card, is it necessary or possible to do HDMI? For my know, HDMI is the best way to work it. But, I have no idea whether s-video/VGA can convert to HDMI or not? also like, use adapter? BTW, how about s-video to Component TV, or other form convert signal stuff? My HDTV has all kinds of port. Thanks a lot.

S-video is very poor quality. The TV's S-video input is limited to about 720x480 resolution. The "480" is a hard limit as it is determined by NTSC standards. You can sometimes set computer display options with S-video output to higher than this, but the video card is going to be resampling, putting the information from more than one line of computer display onto one line of the screen; the result is not pretty. Forget it.

If your TV doesn't have VGA in, then your best bet would be to get a converter from VGA to component. The technical name for this is a "transcoder", but most people just call it a "converter." This is in theory a lossless conversion (it's just simple "arithmetic"). There's one shown here for $124 :

Or, for about the same price, here is a converter that goes from VGA (or component) to DVI. You can then get a DVI to HDMI cable (HDMI is the same signal as single-link DVI, just different connectors)

I would rather convert to VGA component, though, as the transcoder is very easy to get right - it's just a few op-amps and the signal stays in the analog domain. The VGA to DVI converter is not so easy to get right: it needs very high speed analog to digital converters. Your TV already has a set of those; why buy another set?

It is btw a myth that HDMI is better than DVI, or component or VGA for that matter, when you are talking about a 1080p TV or even a 1920x1200 computer screen. Re. HDMI vs. DVI, they carry the exact same signals as far as the picture is concerned, the HDMI standard merely defined a new connector and adds HDCP (copy protection) and audio to those same signals... but DVI can carry that stuff too.

And 1920x1200 is easily within analog's reach (RGB or component). I see on that cnet forum page a claim that "you'd still be dealing with VGA quality, which is in the same ballpark as s-video" - this is complete nonsense, and whoever wrote that has no concept of what the S-video signal is. I'm looking at a 1600x1200 screen fed by a laptop's VGA output right now. It looks as good as the screen under it, 1600x1200 DVI. Reality is that component and VGA are the same sort of signal and one can be transcoded to the other with just a few adds and subtracts (i.e. a few dollars worth of op-amps).

Is it really important to have calibration on an LCD television?


Very, very few consumers need a professional display calibration. With few exceptions many of today’s displays are much improved over those of the past and have at least one display or picture mode that will provide acceptable grayscale performance straight out of the box. Consumers that purchase a good quality, well-designed display will rarely benefit from a professional calibration not to mention that such a service could potentially make your picture fidelity worse if you were unfortunate enough to hire a less than competent calibration service. Furthermore, there are many consumers that simply will not enjoy an accurate, optimized and/or “calibrated” video image while others cannot because their viewing environment is less than optimal (or in some cases because a consumer has color deficient vision.)

Like most consumers your best bet (assuming you own a reasonably well designed, well built LCD TV,) is to purchase or rent one or more of the popular display optimization (aka “calibration”) discs listed below in order to properly optimize your display’s settings. If after attempting to optimize your TV picture you’re still dissatisfied then you may want to contact one of the calibration services I’ve listed below. However, under no circumstance do I recommend that a consumer pay $250 to $400 for a professional display calibration on a television which has an MSRP of roughly less than five times the cost of the calibration.

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I purchased a Sony 52" XBR4 LCD TV on Best Buy?

Calibration LCD TV?

Is D6487K too low of a color temperature for an LCD TV?

How to calibrate an HDTV?
(Additional resources)

Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics (Blu-ray or HD DVD)
Digital Video Essentials Pro (DVD)
Ovation Multimedia Avia II (DVD)
DisplayMate (Multimedia Edition or Windows Video Edition)

(Note: “Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics” on would be the best choice if you had to pick only one disc.)

CNET’s quick guide to TV calibration
Video: How to Calibrate Your TV

Calibrating your TV

Sound and Vision Magazine - TV Tweaks - Part One House Calls

AWH - How to Calibrate a Television FAQ

Grayscale Calibration of Home Theater Televisions

Learn to Calibrate your LCD Television

Calibration 101
Running The Gamut(s)
Hitting The Mark
Selling Calibration Services

Video Display Calibration
Adjusting Five User Controls on a Display to Maximize Performance – Flash
Calibration – What Is Wrong with This Picture?
Index of Articles Related to Display Calibration


Imaging Science Theatre 2000 Special Edition

Michael TLV Tips
Keohi HDTV - Expert Tips - Panel of Experts

ISF Calibration Discussion and Information

AVS Forum - Display Calibration
AVS Forum - LCD Flat Panel Displays

Joe Kane Productions - Resources

Charles Poynton:
“Brightness” and “Contrast” Controls
Gamma FAQ
Color FAQ
Color Technology and Resources


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Though there may be many other qualified individuals, the following display calibration professionals are some of the best currently available if you want or need a calibration from a competent professional. Each service provider uses high performance calibration equipment accompanied by ample experience and an excellent reputation.

W. Jeff Meier - AccuCal

Lion Audio-Video Consultants

Kevin Miller

Busch Home Theater

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