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December 5, 2004 11:52:55 PM

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I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't even
read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.

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Anonymous
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December 5, 2004 11:52:56 PM

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Papa wrote:
> I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
> composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
> connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't even
> read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.

Yes, S-Video is better quality than Composite.

But a standard definition television is inherently low resolution and
you will never get a picture that looks anything like what you'd get on
a monitor.

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-WD
December 6, 2004 12:27:49 AM

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Thanks, Will.

"Will Dormann" <wdormann@yahoo.com.invalid> wrote in message
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> Papa wrote:
>> I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
>> composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
>> connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
>> even read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
>
> Yes, S-Video is better quality than Composite.
>
> But a standard definition television is inherently low resolution and you
> will never get a picture that looks anything like what you'd get on a
> monitor.
>
> --
> -WD
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December 6, 2004 1:48:19 AM

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"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
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> I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
> composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
> connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
even
> read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
>
S-video would not make that much difference. A TV is fine for watching
video, but not much good to read text / browse websites etc. If you lower
the resolution of your desktop though, a TV is useable. The most a standard
TV can handle is 800x600, 640x480 would be easier to read.
If you are using Nvidia drivers, their support for TV out has improved
massively over the years - you can independantly set colour, brightness etc
for the TV, and have yet more independant settings for video playback. The
drivers do allow you to output a higher resolution desktop, say 1280x720,
onto a TV, but any text would be almost unreadable...
Graham
Anonymous
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December 6, 2004 2:54:45 AM

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No.

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DaveW



"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
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>I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
>composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
>connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
>even read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
>
Anonymous
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December 6, 2004 3:37:07 AM

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"GTS" <gts123NOSPAM@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
> news:HyKsd.2219$yr1.473@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net...
> > I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
> > composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
> > connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
> even
> > read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
> >
> S-video would not make that much difference. A TV is fine for watching
> video, but not much good to read text / browse websites etc. If you lower
> the resolution of your desktop though, a TV is useable. The most a
standard
> TV can handle is 800x600, 640x480 would be easier to read.
> If you are using Nvidia drivers, their support for TV out has improved
> massively over the years - you can independantly set colour, brightness
etc
> for the TV, and have yet more independant settings for video playback. The
> drivers do allow you to output a higher resolution desktop, say 1280x720,
> onto a TV, but any text would be almost unreadable...
> Graham
>
>
I agree with others about Composite and S-Video. Just thought I'd mention
that the Windows Magnifier makes reading things like file names and check
boxes possible. If your just doing simple things like watching /capturing
video it can make a lot of difference.
HTH
December 6, 2004 4:54:37 AM

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Thanks everyone. As usual in this NG, great responses, and helpful.

"Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
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>I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
>composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
>connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
>even read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
>
Anonymous
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December 6, 2004 4:54:38 AM

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Papa wrote:

> Thanks everyone. As usual in this NG, great responses, and helpful.

A few extra tips. I have a small homebuilt HTPC S-Video'd into a 27 incher too.
I run that 800x600 and large fonts. The large fonts help a lot but can be a
problem for certain 'large' dialogue boxes so I also have a small 14 inch, 'not
good for much else', monitor for those purposes (dual head video). Note that
simply setting the individual fonts to a larger size under the 'appearance' tab
does not increase the fonts on dialogue boxes whereas the 'large fonts' option
in display, settings, advanced does (and is why those large dialogue boxes
sometimes don't 'fit' the 800x600).

Excessive brightness/contrast (those who wear sunglasses while viewing TV) will
cause blooming. Not all that big a deal on a 'TV' picture but it severely hurts
text, especially since you're pushing it with relatively small, by TV standards,
computer text. High color saturation (those who like screaming neon glow) will
too as that causes color smearing.

Theme colors can make a big difference because TV chroma signals don't all have
the same bandwidth, so some have better resolution than others. Plus, a 'kinda
difficult to read' color combo on a normal monitor is just so much worse when
the text is already marginal. The luminance signal has the lion's share of the
bandwidth so light/dark changes are crisper than color shifts. I.E. black text
on a white background is a heck of a lot sharper than a uniformly bright red on
blue.

See about adjusting your sharpness control. A little 'noise' in the picture
might be better than 'smoothed' (by low sharpness setting) text and the noise
will tend to vanish at normal viewing distances anyway. Too much sharpness and
it'll ghost the edges though. Look for a compromise.

And, of course, if you have a focus control, optimize that for the
brightness/contrast setting you decide on (it does vary depending on those).
Many, if not most, TVs of that size these days don't have a user accessible one
though.


> "Papa" <bikingis@my.fun> wrote in message
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>
>>I just tried using my 27-inch TV (CRT) set as a monitor by plugging in a
>>composite (yellow plug) from it to my computer video card composite
>>connector (yellow). It works, but the resolution is pretty bad. I can't
>>even read the text. Will S-video be much better? Thanks.
>>
>
>
>
December 6, 2004 4:01:13 PM

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Great advice. Thanks, David.
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