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Can I use my TV as a monitor?

by randy6k80 / June 15, 2011 9:13 AM PDT

My TV is connected to my network via ethernet and a PS3. I want to go beyond what Sharon V, did the video on with streaming photos, videos and music.

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Check your video card.
by stevezv / June 15, 2011 1:13 PM PDT

If your PC's Video card supports a second monitor you can. I do.

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Ok, then what?
by randy6k80 / June 15, 2011 11:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Check your video card.

Ok then what?

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by stevezv / June 16, 2011 5:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Ok, then what?

Connect PC to TV with appropriate cable (Matching output from PC to Input in TV).
If available ports do not match you can most likely get adapters that will enable correct connection.

Your video card should have some kind of control panel software that enables/disables settings for a second monitor.

Open Video card software and select the options you want.

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by sharonvak / June 16, 2011 8:11 AM PDT

Hey there,

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by randy6k80 / June 16, 2011 9:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes!

Thank you Steve and Sharon,

I guess the answer to my question is that there isn't a way to stream my computer to the TV wirelessly via my network. My TV is HD but I don't think that my computer is, it has a standard output. From here I need to detemine what type of cable I need and what type of connectors.

Thank you again.

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wireless USB
by techdadreview / June 17, 2011 5:47 AM PDT
In reply to: tk

Hey,Have you heard of wireless USB? If all you want to do is stream (not for presentations), it might work for you. They cost between $100-$150. It comes with a receiver unit that you hook up to your TV and a wireless USB dongle that you plug into your computer. It works reasonably well but your machine needs to be pretty powerful and in the same room as your TV. If you decide to get it, make sure you can return it; the technology isn't super mature yet.

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Many ways to connect a computer to a TV
by stevezv / June 17, 2011 2:19 PM PDT
In reply to: tk

When you say you only have "standard output" I assume you mean VGA. Is that correct? Look at the connection you now have for your monitor to the Computer, and see what other ports my be next to that or above it or below, depending on the Video card maker.

(There really is no such thing as "standard" in the world of electronics.) Happy

Do you have manuals for your Computer, Your TV, your PS3? If not you should be
able to download PDF manuals from the Manufacturer's Web Site. All my
manuals are backed up that way. Those manuals are the best source of CORRECT ways to do the things you want.

There are many ways to get your computer connected to your TV. If you have a separate sound system, it may be possible to connect through the receiver. Or if you have a CD or Blu-Ray player it may be possible to connect that way. First determine if ANY ports on the TV or other equipment match what is on your computer.

Let us know how you are doing. Good Luck

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by randy6k80 / June 20, 2011 12:05 AM PDT

HI All,

thank you for the informative replies. What I am learning is that since my computer doesn't have a HDMI output, I would have to use VGA and an audio cable - if I wanted to hear sound on my TV., and that is the goal. And since I run my sound through an AV receiver that would be the easiest way to go - simply going HDMI to HDMI, So since I can't do that - correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like I am stuck. Sure I could go VGA to VGA and then hook up an audio cable, but then I'd have to switch around the audio settings on the TV and it just isn't worth the hassle. So unless there is a better option . . .

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One option
by Nate650 / June 20, 2011 2:37 PM PDT
In reply to: hi


One option is to add a cheap video card which has an HDMI or DVI output, such as You may need to route an audio cable from your sound card to your video card in order to get audio through the DVI port. I'm not sure if this is sometimes required for an HDMI port.

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