Category: Tips and Tricks

[Solution] Text is fuzzy or pixellated when LED HDTV is connected to PC via HDMI

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Inf

I recently encountered a small problem when configuring a Samsung LCD TV (UA32EH5000, specifically). Text displayed was fuzzy, looked as if it was anti-aliased with a sort of coloured or sometimes white halo around the text.

The solutions are simple:

  1. Ensure you set the resolution to native for the screen. For this particular TV, it was 1920 x 1080. You can also try lower resolutions to see if the problem is decreased. 1600 x 900 was quite good in this case, but I wanted to keep the full 1080p resolution so it was a compromise.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable to the appropriate HDMI port. In my case, HDMI1 was also labelled HDMI1 / DVI so I selected that one. On your remote, press the Source button. Select the appropriate HDMI source.
  3. You have to rename the source to PC or PC/DVI or equivalent. In this screen’s case, go to Source selection, press the Tools button on your remote, choose “Edit Name” then select “PC”. Doing this disables all processing that the screen does on the image and enables 1:1 pixel mapping. You should instantly see the text become much sharper.
    • Adjust the screen settings such as Contrast and Sharpness to change how the text looks like until you like it. I’m using Backlight: 13, Contrast: 85, Brightness: 55, Sharnpess: 65 and other minor adjustments to make the image look good to my eyes. Your settings may vary according to your screen.
  4. Adjust the Cleartype settings in windows for the particular screens. Type “Cleartype” in start menu, select the screen you want to configure (the HDTV) and walk through the settings that work best for the screen.
  5. Use a good quality HDMI cable. Avoid converters such as HDMI-DVI etc if possible.

Hopefully these should solve your problems. Point #2 did it for me. I didn’t know “Edit Name” could have such a big effect!

Note, you may notice black borders around your image as the image no longer takes the full size of the screen. You need to disable Overscan in your graphics driver. I have an ATI card so for me it was:

  1. Open ATI Catalyst Control Center.
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  3. From the top, choose Graphics → Desktops and Displays.
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  5. From the display, select Configure.
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  7. Go to the Scaling Options tab and drag the slider to 0%. Your image should now take the full screen.


 
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Thanks for reading and hope this helps.

[Solved] Firefox’s Right-Click Menu Overlaps Flash/Javascript Menu

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Inf

Just a quick post here. If you get this problem when right-clicking on Flash videos and sometimes in application-like web interfaces, the solution follows. It’s easy too.

So solution to prevent this overlapping of menus:

 

Go to Tools → Options → Content → Click on Advanced button (opposite Javascript) → Check “Disable or Replace Context Menus” checkbox.

That’s it. Problem solved. This was tested on the new Youtube and a few other sites. The solution worked fine. Let me know if it works for you.

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Tips for Creating and Managing Strong Passwords

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Inf

Passwords. So annoying, yet so critically important. Without passwords, your friends would be spamming your Facebook wall with lolcat pictures. Or worse… So, we need passwords. Better, we need strong passwords. A weak password is guessable, and a potential attacker could compromise your online identity and access your personal data easily. I’m sure you’d like to avoid that. I say avoid, not prevent.

Prevention is not really possible since even a strong password could be compromised if the site you input it on is insecure, or has some undiscovered vulnerabilities, such as the one that recently affected the Gawker network: its users’ passwords were exposed to the world. If the site takes appropriate precautions, you’re pretty safe, but still, the risk is there.

Without further delay, let’s see what’s a strong password, how to create one, what you shouldn’t do with passwords, what the guidelines are and how you can manage your passwords. A lot, yes.

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How To Easily Save Or Print A Directory’s Contents [Windows]

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Inf

It may happen that you need a directory listing, that is a list of all the files in a folder. Unfortunately, there is no direct way to do this simple task in Windows.

Say you need to send a list of all the files found in a directory to a friend. You could take a screen-capture of the folder and send it to them. What if there are lots of files? You’d have multiple screen-captures and files will repeat in various captures. Not very elegant. So I’ll show you 3 methods to get a list of all files from a directory and save it as a text file.

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4 Innovative Tricks To Save Printer Ink

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Inf

First post of 2011! Yay! So I thought I’d start with something that can help protect the environment and at the same time, save you some cash. Quite a good idea, no?

So as the title says, we’re going to try to have your printer drink less ink, and hence reduce the amount of money you invest feeding it. You should know that I tried and am still using those measures for a laser printer, but I believe that what works for toner should work pretty much the same for liquid ink. I have no idea about how dot-matrix printers will react, so don’t ask.

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5 Bookmarklets To Make Websites More Readable

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Inf

If you’ve ever read a long article online, you know that reading on-screen is not easy on the eyes. Some web designers do a good job at making their content readable. Some, well, let’s just say they want to keep to traditions and keeping simple.

Let’s say you have to read a long article on one of those traditional-looking web pages. You don’t have to subject your eyes to the torture of reading tiny fonts on a stark white background. We’re going to save your eyes using bookmarklets, which are bookmarks that use Javascript code to do some task instead of going to a page.

The bookmarklets in this post will change the look of the web page you apply them on to something that is more readable and easier on the eyes. Some of those bookmarklets can be customized to your liking, e.g. in terms of background color. So let’s start…

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10 Tips on how to Speed Up your Computer for Free

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Inf

I’ve never heard anybody say: “This computer is too fast! I wish it was slower”. We all wish our computers performed faster, that it booted faster to allow us to get down to gaming working in a shorter lapse of time. The thing is, computers tend to get slower after some time. Windows XP was particularly vulnerable to this. Just after installing, XP booted in around 30 seconds. A few years later, it seems it takes ages to boot. Windows 7 holds its ground better in this area.

Leaving chatter and nostalgia apart, let’s see how I can get that machine of yours performing faster, while saving you some money. I’ll assume you are on Windows Vista / 7. Especially Vista. Yes, you resource-hogging Vista.

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