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How do I use a TV as a monitor with HDMI or component?

by bkchurch / March 14, 2007 11:03 AM PDT

Well as some may recall I'm eventually going to get the Sony XBR970 (I've been out of work so I've been kinda broke). Problem is I kind've want to hook my laptop up to it but it doesn't have a VGA or DVI input, only HDMI and component. Is there any way to hook my laptop up to this TV (And no S-Video is not an option, I don't want a 640X480 res)? And before I even bother trying to do it in the first place will the image from the computer even look good on a 34" tube TV running in 720p upscaled to 1080i (The TV automatically upscales all signals to 1080i)? Finally, I don't think I have a DVI output but I do have VGA, I'd still like to hear any suggestions for DVI for future reference since I might get a new computer soon but if theres an option using VGA it would be more helpful.

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More than just cables?
by ..ben / March 15, 2007 12:49 AM PDT

Not too long ago somebody wanted to connect their Xbox 360 VGA to their TV; this sounds like the same thing. I imagined the solution simply consisting of some cables and adapters, but another poster said that a "box" would need to be involved (at a cost of $169). Here's the post:

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7596_102-0.html?forumID=60&threadID=232742&messageID=2398442#2398442

As for DVI to HDMI, that one's easy. I'm using a DVI-HDMI cable and it'll go as high as the computer's video card will support. I'm sure monoprice has them.

Best,
Ben

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Laptop docking station with DVI output
by ice82 / March 15, 2007 3:51 AM PDT

There's a laptop docking station with DVI output via USB.
I think Dell still sells one of those..
You can use that connection and connect it to the TV with DVI-HDMI cable sold everywhere for $20.

When you get a new computer with DVI, you can use that cable to connect the TV to the computer, of course.

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