Optimizing the Display for Media Center

Media Center works with multi-monitor setups, which makes a lot of sense because many users will utilize the PC display for work and a separate HDTV display for Media Center. Therefore, in the first phase of this wizard, you'll be asked to verify that Media Center is appearing on the correct display. If it is, click Yes. Otherwise, click No and you will be able to move Media Center output to the correct display.

In the next step, you optimize Media Center for your display. Media Center natively supports these display types:

♦ PC monitor: For a CRT monitor connected via a VGA cable.

♦ Built-in display: For a notebook computer.

♦ Flat panel: For a flat-panel monitor connected via a VGA or a DVI cable.

♦ Television: For any type of TV connected via composite, S-video, DVI, VGA, HDMI, or component cable.

♦ Projector: For a dedicated projector connected via composite, S-video, DVI, VGA, HDMI, or component cable.

Choose the correct display type, as shown in Figure 15-9.

After you've chosen the display type, the wizard will prompt you to choose the Display Width (really, the aspect ratio) of your display. You have two options: standard (4:3) and Widescreen (16:9). Again, if you're not sure what to choose here, consult your display's documentation. (Or just look at the display: standard-width screens are basically square, whereas wide-screen displays are wide.) The wizard then checks the system and prompts you about the resolution of the display, as shown in Figure 15-10.

You can accept the value it provides (which you should do if it is correct) or select No. If you choose the latter option, you will be presented with a list of possible display resolutions, based on the capabilities of your display and whether you're using a wide-screen aspect ratio.


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