If you’ve ever hooked up a computer to your HDTV in hopes of doing more than watchingÂ HuluÂ Desktop you may have quickly run into the “halo” effect. No, I’m not talking about lost productivity due to playing the popularÂ video gameÂ franchise from Microsoft, but the halo thatÂ surroundsÂ text and makes it hard to read. Most notably, unreadable text may appearÂ whenÂ you connect your notebook to your HDTV with a HDMI cable andÂ disappearÂ when youÂ connectÂ it with a VGA cable. Thankfully, Jason Dunn of LaptopThoughts.com shares the solution for clear text over HDMI;Â savingÂ you the hours of frustration he went through.
As you look at the image above you’ll see Jason’s screen before he adjusted the sharpness level of his HDTV. For a closer look at what text with a “halo” effect looksÂ likeÂ see the image below.
To get rid of the “halo effect” Dunn had to adjust the settings on his HDTV, not his computer. After a bit of research he found that the default sharpness setting for HDMI was higher than that of VGA which led to the hard to read text. Simply turning down the sharpness gave him a much clearer image which you can see at LaptopThoughts.
If you haven’t been over to the newly launched LaptopThoughts.com I highlyÂ recommendÂ a visit. The website is young, but is already inÂ theÂ must read section of my feed-reader.