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Because I know you're all smart... help with using TV as a second monitor. :)

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Ok, I have done a bit of googling on this but seem to be getting conflicting info.

I have a decent pc but a carpyish oldish tv, not a fancy plasma or lcd. can I use the tv as a second monitor? what connectors and wires would I need?
Basically I have some videos I took in avi format I'd like to be able to watch on the tv without first formatting to a dvd.

Is it possible without buying a HD tv? lol
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
depends on so much, graphics card, tv inputs etc.
You will always get a rubbish picture though :-(

Some info here but it's not an easy thing to do. Best off buying a cheap tft monitor imho

http://ask.metafilter.com/98855/How-to-use-a-32-CRT-as-a-computer-monitor
#2
has your tv got the three colour inputs on the side or back? i was told to use vga from laptop to those-but then found vga on my tv too as its a new tv..


im not technical as you can tell!
#3
Yes as I do it

You need a graphics card that has a TV out port. That will either be a standard composite cable or S Video

Depending on your TV either one of them may just plug straight into your TV if not you need one of these to go into your scart socket

The only problem then is the sound is coming from your PC speakers and not your TV. To get around that I have one of these I then connect my speakers normally to that and then in the other socket one of these.

So you have your video cable coming from your graphics card and then two from your sound card. Buy a nice long composite cable then connect it all up, you may new a few adapters though ot get the right ends on you cable
#4
I do have the three coloured inputs things on the tv, but I think the wii uses them?

My graphics card is an nvidia 8800gt, I'll have to get behind pc and have a look at the ports.

Sound isnt really a problem as i have the pc set through the stereo speakers anyway.
#5
ChipSticks
I do have the three coloured inputs things on the tv, but I think the wii uses them?

My graphics card is an nvidia 8800gt, I'll have to get behind pc and have a look at the ports.

Sound isnt really a problem as i have the pc set through the stereo speakers anyway.


if the tv is old i think you will have to unplug the wii but you may be better advised to take a pic of the back of your tv and add to this thread as that what i did to get help! it was then i noticed i had the computer specific connection:thumbsup:
#6
Sorry for the delay, have been quite busy.

I have had a look behind the pc and also the TV. the wii plugs into a scart lead adapter thing as the three coloured ports are on the front of the TV. I think I have a TV out port on the graphics card too, although I don't know for sure what one looks like, but after a quick google I think there is one, lol.

So basically is there a cable that has the 3 coloured connectors at one end and an end for the tv out? is it that simple? Does the cable have a name, I don't fancy going to the shop and askin for a "thingymajig to make thingymabobsit work" lol.

thanks guys & gals :)
#7
I've just been having a look about t'internet and fleabay, it seems there are different kinds of tv ports? is that right? I saw a cable that was a scart lead at one end and the tv out at the other, but it says this :

"To use this cable your PC video card must have a TV-OUT connection with standard SVHS / S-VIDEO connection (4 pin mini din)."

but looking at my card specs it says i have a HDTV out port. I'm presuming thats different?

arghhhh lol

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