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using my tv instead of monitor?

by spydymyke / February 4, 2008 5:41 PM PST

what is needed to use my 30" TV and not my monitor as my pc's monitor??

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If you are asking on how to do this
by lacsr / February 4, 2008 8:30 PM PST

I see in your background that you are using XP. Depending on your video card, you may be able to do this. Right click on the Desktop, somewhere with nothing in the area. Then choose Properties in the popup menu. Then click on Settings tab. Then on Advanced. Then on Adapter type. That should tell you what the video card is. Then click on the tab that has the name of the video card you just found. The process is started there. If you do not know how to go from there, post back with the video card info for further help. You will need the proper cable, ETC in order to proceed also.

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PC's Video Card
by spydymyke / February 8, 2008 5:03 PM PST

PS: video card- S3Virge DxGx

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Don't bother
by Jimmy Greystone / February 4, 2008 10:33 PM PST

Don't bother with even attempting this. Skipping over all the technical details you can find for yourself with some googling, suffice it to say that TVs make for a very poor substitute for monitors. You're free to confirm this for yourself as countless others before you have, but even with an HDTV set you're likely to be disappointed. With a standard def TV, you're going to be VERY disappointed.

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split screen
by chrisemcleod / February 4, 2008 10:49 PM PST
In reply to: Don't bother

We've actually used our 37 inch HDTV in split screen mode to show the PC on one side and the XBOX (or tivo program) on the other side. The PC side was very clear, and, even in split screen mode bigger than the PCs "normal" monitor. When we made the PC full screen, the resolution was AWESOME and we really don't have that great of a video card.

BUT, I would only recommend hooking your PC up to your TV IF you have an HDTV. Otherwise, I completely agree with the other poster. It would look TERRIBLE on a standard def TV (remember the resolution on your C64?).

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Thx 4 All the suggestions !!
by spydymyke / February 8, 2008 4:56 PM PST
In reply to: split screen

Since the TV I would be using is an older ORION and NOT HD, I know that the pixels would be effected, not to mention whatever other tech issue would be present. I was told there was an adapter BOX or convertor periphial that allowed you to use a standard S-video cord??
Just really wondered if it was feasable or simply just wait 5 more years and I will probably be able to buy one on the market that is an internet ready TV lol again TY..........Michael

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