First post, by keenmaster486
I've been struggling to figure out my primary PC desk setup.
Basically, I have a lot of LCD monitors and none of them are acceptable as a single solution to work with both my modern PC and the 2 retro PCs I have under my desk (486 with DOS, Pentium III with Win9x).
I want to use a PS/2 KVM switch to switch between the 3 machines.
The monitor should be:
- Widescreen (16:10 preferably) -- so modern stuff looks good
- Handle 4:3 input signals properly (i.e. bars on the side), and not have to manually switch between aspect ratios.
- No screen tearing or jittering
- Proper handling of higher gamma VGA signals (my 486 has an S3 VLB card that sends higher voltages that all but one of my LCDs can't handle without looking extremely bright)
- Vertical resolution is acceptable for a common 4:3 ratio resolution (i.e. 600, 768, 1200, etc. Probably 1200 is the best bet).
- Can handle various odd refresh rates commonly used in DOS games
- Has acceptable color reproduction without washing everything out
- (nice to have) Composite and/or RF input for things like Commodore 64
None of the monitors I own have ALL of these requirements at the same time.
Increasingly I am thinking perhaps the best bet for me is to have some kind of VGA to HDMI converter box, something that will take in any input signal and upscale and convert it to something that looks very nice on a modern LCD monitor.
I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.