1024x768 Widescreen?

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  1. applefan1997 macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking at a widescreen plasma display, and it's native resolution is 1024x768. What I am wondering is, since it is widescreen, if the image will come out looking squashed from my computer. (A PowerMac G4 through VGA.)
    I'd appreciate it if anyone can clarify this.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    1024x768 is not widescreen ... that image is stretched already.

    1024x768 has a ratio of 4:3, which is standard "fullscreen."
     
  3. applefan1997 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand that, since many, many computers I've owned were 4:3. But since the TV's native resolution is indeeed 10x7 widescreen. Would the image from the computer look normal?
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    1024x768 widescreen plasma displays are very common. The answer to your question is "it depends".

    With most of these plasmas, if you send it a 1024x768 signal via VGA, you're going to get a stretched display.

    If you send it a 720p or 1080i/p signal via HDMI, you'd get a proper widescreen (16:9) desktop, but the TV needs to do some scaling in the horizontal, so things won't look as clear/focused.

    ft
     

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