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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: TV as monitor: can it be done?

    TV as monitor: can it be done?
    By el_perez July 03, 2001, 11:54 PM

    i have a large tv and recently bought a new cmputer with no monitor.
    I was wandering....is there a way to connect my tv and use it as a monitor?
    Ca i just buy a special cable or do i need a card?

    By jagojago12 July 04, 2001, 12:07 AM

    Get a video card that supports Video-out. Get some cables and connect it to your TV.

    The cables you buy should look something like RCA cables...

    By PPhatBastard July 04, 2001, 12:21 AM

    Depending on the card you get u may be able to use s-video to hook up to your tv. If u go that way make sure your tv has s-video on it. F.Y.I a s-video plug looks kinda like a mouse plug.

    By onyan July 04, 2001, 01:47 AM

    A word of caution: some vcards will NOT automatically display text on TV's during boot-up and may still require a monitor to be connected to your VGA port. That precludes your desire to use a TV as a sole monitor. You'll have to check the specs of the vcard to make sure. Hopefully someone will chime in and give you recommendations on what vcard(s) to buy.

    Another option you can take, if you already have a good video card but don't want to replace it, is to purchase one of those VGA-to-TV converter boxes (mostly used in business presentations). It connects between your card's VGA output and the TV's S-Video or composite input jacks so it's a snap to set up. Be warned though, that some can only support up to a max resolution of 800x600 or 1024x768. Again, this may be a limit with you so check before you buy. Good luck!

    By Molochi July 04, 2001, 01:49 AM

    You can do it either way...

    Most plain jane Ati Rage family and a lot of other low end cards (under $50) have a rca out for video on a tv. More expensive video cards can have s-vid and rca out (as well as in jacks). Hauppage and others make external converters that run around $90-150 at places like CompUSA and BestBuys. the externals are probably better for what you want, since they shouldn't need any special configuration changes to work. I've also seen cheaper converters but they flicker alot. Video quality on a TV is pretty blurry, so desktop text can be a bit hard to read, but games and mpegs will look fine.

    By akbar July 04, 2001, 10:34 AM

    As posted above, you should get a video card which has tv out, perhaps you should buy the hercules mx which i think has tv out is for 100$ i.e if ur low on money. my card gives me great tv out quality (only on s video) and im surfing the web on my 29" tv and its extremely cool. there is one problem that it will not boot on the tv, i think the mx will allow you to boot on tv as it has the twin view feature.

    By LordVampyre July 04, 2001, 02:46 PM

    you can do it.. but it looks real ugly.. TV doesnt have the rez that a monitor does.

    By akbar July 04, 2001, 04:14 PM

    quote:Originally posted by LordVampyre:
    you can do it.. but it looks real ugly.. TV doesnt have the rez that a monitor does.

    it doesnt look ugly man , i was very happy at 800X600,and i heard ppl saying that we can force the card for higher resolutions as well. If some one wants higher resolution, i say that you should go for a tv tuner card instead but i dont know how games will play in it, a friend of mine had it, and it sucked real bad.

    By andyz311 July 04, 2001, 07:49 PM

    TV resolution blows. I think the max resolution is 640x480, so it is going to look like krappe. I just use my bigscreen tv for DVD playback from my dvd-rom.

    By dighn July 04, 2001, 08:27 PM

    You won't be able to make out the start button with a TV

    By Mr.Squish July 04, 2001, 09:24 PM

    hrm.. Not sure why you dont just buy a monitor... I personally dont know of any stand alone video card that will use s-video as the standard output... meaning.. you wont be able to get into windows and install the drivers, because you cant see anything! All these boxes that everyone is talking about is gonna be more expensive then just buying a cheap monitor. Why dont you just get a monitor.....

    By 311_man July 04, 2001, 10:55 PM

    Sounds kind of silly to me... you should DEFINITELY just pick up a cheap 15" monitor at least...

    By salehrules July 04, 2001, 11:04 PM

    tvs will never match the res of a monitor. 640x480 is max. the only reason it looks good is because you sit so far away. the only reason this guy's considering it is because he can get a bigass tv for the same price as a 21 inch monitor.

    By Adisharr July 05, 2001, 12:53 AM

    quote:Originally posted by el_perez:
    i have a large tv and recently bought a new cmputer with no monitor.
    I was wandering....is there a way to connect my tv and use it as a monitor?
    Ca i just buy a special cable or do i need a card?

    If your thinking your gonna use a standard TV as your only monitor.. god help you. Please give up this idea and buy a real monitor. Your eyes will thank you.

    By tayyabj July 05, 2001, 05:53 AM

    Well, my Leadtek MX can boot without a monitor, without any drivers, etc. so you MIGHT be able to install windows and work on it with this card.

    But TVs, as said above, are not good for work, surfing, e-mails, etc. They are only good for movies, and probably some games.

    I had a friend with a TV tuner card and he used his TV as a standard monitor for everything. It was like... he was just living with it. If you really want to enjoy your new PC, i'd say get a monitor.

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