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Using an HDTV as a computer monitor

I plan on using an HDTV (30in 16:9) as both a television and computer monitor in order to save space in a very small dorm room. Has anyone tried this? For example, an Apple G4 with a DVI connection to the HDTV? Would a component video connection be sufficient to display text such as word processing? Also, will the desktop conform to the 16:9 aspect ratio?

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I forgot to mention, I mean a direct-view CRT HDTV

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Be certain that the TV has computer connection...but not through a modulator.

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Don't have any experience in that but I would think it is possible but not absolutely certain (You know..one of these day, I am going to hookup my system to see just what it looks like). As for the 16:9 thing, I believe that depends on the video card. I have a card that has a 848 X 480 resolution setting (which is about 16:9) but the bad part is that it doesn't have such a ratio at any higher resolution though.

Why make such a big thing about full screen displays anyway? That 30" screen should still give you a pretty good size displays..I would think.

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My ATI Radeon 9800Pro 256 does all sorts of extremely high res hdtv widescreen formats including 1920 x 1080 SPECIFICALLY which is the official 1080i resolution... I believe they do it as early as the 9200 model, but not sure... DEFINITELY on the 9600.

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I am running a Home Theater PC into my Hitachi 65S500 (http://www.smorty71.com/htpc). While it works great for viewing video, text isn't the best.

I am using a component out from my ATI 9600 video card. I've found that a 1776x1000i resolution gives me a 16:9 desktop without any overscan. The challenge for me was getting the desktop centered on the screen (since TVs don't have the same picture adjustment settings as a monitor). I ended up going with an app called Powerstrip that allows me to center the screen.

I'd be hesitant to use my setup to view webpages or other text-based content, though.

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NT - What HDTV do you have?

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NT - So much for your interest, huh? If you don't feel like getting a reply, don't post a question!

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Re: NT - So much for your interest, huh? If you don't feel l

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My student loan has been approved for this fall and is pending disbursement in about a week... I intend to pick up a Phillips 30" Widescreen Tube HDTV from Walmart (approx $760) that I've had my eye on for over a year now for this purpose... I already have a Radeon 9800Pro 256 and also plan to pick up Radeons HDTV Wonder HDTV Tuner and Capture card. Lemme know how your attempt goes. I feel that I may be forced to swing Sony ($1,000 to $1300 for 30 depending on source), as they just seem to be superior in the TV market... but I'm hoping the $400 cheaper Phillips is on par and only cheaper because of the brand name markup on Sony products. Email @ kcoriginal@yahoo.com if you want to keep your email address in my inbox so I'll remember to tell ya how it goes. This goes for anybody else as well.

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There has been a lot of discussion about this here:
http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=477
Some people also have this question where this has been discussed in detail as well as other High Def Computer questions. Also the HighDefForum.com has some great discussions on HDTV, High Definition Programming, VOOM, HDV Camcorders and more!

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