First post, by Scythifuge
I was using a TCL series 5 TV as a monitor for my retro builds (variants of an ATI Mach64 card.) I use a Hammerhead VGA-HDMI adapter, as they have done away with VGA connectors on most modern TVs. I was able to have a great, 4:3, wonderfully pixelated picture.
I now have a series 6 TCL and no matter the settings, VGA resolutions are stretched. If I go into Windows 95, I get black bars on the side, but everything in DOS is stretched/upscaled. Everything looks like the ugly filters you can use in DOSBox, Exult, etc. in order to smooth the graphics (I am a pixel purist.)
I assume that the TV is the culprit, and that this will be the norm, going forward (it is getting difficult for us retro people!)
Is there any DOS video card software that can trick the TV, or is there a VGA-HDMI converter out there that can force a 4:3 aspect ratio?
The idea was to have all of my systems on this TV in order to save space. I am having the worst luck (486 died, switched TVs and now this...) I can just say screw it and use DOSBox and 86box, but I have money invested in this stuff, and using real hardware feels better. Plus, I don't know how I would easily use CH Products gear and/or a Gravis Phoenix easily (well, I suppose I could get even more adapters so I can program the buttons...)