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Watch PC on TV

by oldronruns / June 30, 2008 9:24 AM PDT

I am old and easily confused so please be gentle.

With so many TV shows and movies available on cable, I am wondering if it is practical to watch them on TV in the comfort of my easy chair? There seems to be a lot of information on the web but much of it is over my head. I have a Compaq Presario SR1900NX. The nearest TV is an old Magnavox. I am connected to Comcast cable and have their box.


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I'm confused too. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 11:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Watch PC on TV

Do you want to watch cable on the PC? Or use the TV as a computer monitor?

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Still confused.
by oldronruns / June 30, 2008 11:21 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm confused too. . .

If practical I would like to use the TV as a secondary computer monitor.


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Oh. Probably not. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 8:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Still confused.

What kind of video inputs are on the TV?

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Too complicated.
by oldronruns / June 30, 2008 11:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Oh. Probably not. . .

Seems too complicated for me. I had found websites that make it sound as simple as connecting a cable from the computer to the TV. Then they get into sound cards, DVRs, Microsoft Media center,etc.--mostly at sites I do not trust. I had hoped there would be a simple solution but that does not seem to be the case. Such is life.

Thanks for your efforts.

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In a nutshell. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 1, 2008 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Too complicated.

The TV must have an input that matches a computer output. Since it's an older TV it will probably have an RF (coax) input and maybe an a/v input, one yellow and a red and white. You would then need a video card with the same outputs. But believe me, the quality would suck.

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by oldronruns / July 1, 2008 12:04 PM PDT
In reply to: In a nutshell. . .

I will abandon my efforts. No sense continuing when the result will suck. My next project will be to burn a DVD on my computer that will play on my TV. These small projects keep me out of the pool hall.

Thanks again for your help.

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can be done
by squirtlewa / July 2, 2008 2:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Watch PC on TV

Solutions exist to use a TV as a computer monitor.
The results can be quite pleasing, particularly on a recent LCD television.

When you say "old Magnavox," are you meaning a CRT tube-style TV? If so, your computer won't look very good even if displayed on it, as the resolution is rather low.

If you've funds available, you might benefit from visiting a local store that carries both TVs and computers. I'd try a Best Buy, as they have non-commission sales folks (so tend not to be pushy), plus they can do in-home installs with the Geek Squad.

With a proper set-up, you'd select watching TV, your computer, or other input devices as easily as changing channels on your remote control.

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by oldronruns / July 2, 2008 2:37 AM PDT
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I will visit Best Buy when I take my walk today.


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