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What would I need to use my HD TV as a monitor?

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October 24, 2007 2:03:54 AM

I have a 42" Phillips HDTV that I would like to hook my PC up to from time to time. How would I go about doing this?

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October 24, 2007 2:57:42 AM

I am guessing you need to hook your VGA connection into the VGA in on the back of the TV.

If it is HDMI, and you have DVI, buy a DVI to HDMI adapter.
October 24, 2007 3:02:47 AM

You need a video card with s video or other output.An HDMI connection is better because you won't have to connect to the sound card also.Use clone or dualview in the nvidia control center.Ati has similar options in catalyst.
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October 24, 2007 3:22:58 AM

As I discovered, if your HDTV is the 16x9 variety (1366 x 768) your video card might not support it, altho 1024 x 768 comes close.
October 24, 2007 4:18:45 AM

woodchuk said:
As I discovered, if your HDTV is the 16x9 variety (1366 x 768) your video card might not support it, altho 1024 x 768 comes close.


any modern video card will support a 16x9 resoultion... although you may have to create a custom resolution for it... but its not difficult.
October 24, 2007 4:56:15 AM

I have the EVGA 8800 GTS 640 mb. My TV does have an hdmi hookup, so I should be good to go with the right connections.
November 1, 2007 5:03:28 AM

wonder what sort of results you get; have been wanting larger maps and all, also wonder what games support larger viewing( higher resolution?)
November 1, 2007 5:54:57 AM

8800GTX sli.
dvi - hdmi cable.

Most games support odd resolutions.
The only thing ive found that wont run 14x10 is Doom3.
Massive loss there.
November 1, 2007 8:12:19 AM

yep. easy, just need a dvi (male) to hdmi (female) adapter. Then you just use your regular old hdmi cable to plug into the adapter, its 100% compatable (minus the sound of course, but you dont need it) this does work and is currently my bosses setup for his htpc.
November 1, 2007 8:26:33 AM

Monoprice.com has some awesome prices on DVI-HDMI cables. I bought one and it works flawlessly. Its a 10' and I think it only cost me about $5-6. Compare at 5-10x that much at RadioShack. All of their video cables I've bought are good, but I'd stay away from their audio cables.

-mcg
November 1, 2007 9:33:14 AM

Won't he need to use both DVI connections to supply the picture?
November 1, 2007 10:56:03 AM

The resolution for 16x9 is 1920x1080 and his 8800 hundred has no problem with that res and as state before he just needs one DVI to HDMI cable. His games or video will look great.
November 3, 2007 12:50:39 AM

I'm been reading this thread and the others with interest!

I've recently brought a 52 inch Sharp 1080p LCD TV. Been downloading 720p/1080p films off (tsk tsk). Now I just need to work out how to hook up my PC to the TV

Currently I have a Geoforce 6800, with a single DVI output (powering my PC monitor) and S-video (which I hooked up to the TV).

Clearly this is sub-optimal, and I would like to upgrade to the Geforce 8800GT which has just been announced. I see it has two DVI outputs. So I just need a DVI>HDMI convertor or a cable with DVI on one end and HDMI on the other.

My question is, will I be able to have two signals as I do currently - 1900x1200 to my monitor though DVI1 output and 1080p output to the TV through the the DVI2 output?

If so this is great - does anyone know the answer for sure?
November 3, 2007 12:53:16 AM

I just I should mention I have Windows XP, an A8N-SLI motherboard, Athlon 64 3000+ *1,8G real) processor and a gig of RAM.

I hope this should be enough to playback ok, currently I can play the 720 content on my PC and it looks fine but of course I would like a nice output on the TV :)  On S-Video it looks crappy.
November 5, 2007 9:54:30 AM

Use clone or dualview in the nvidia control panel.Dualview allows separate settings for resolution,color correction,refresh rate etc. for your TV.You will probably need the refresh rate set at 60hz for the TV though unless it will support a higher rate.
November 10, 2007 11:17:07 AM

uberman said:
Use clone or dualview in the nvidia control panel.Dualview allows separate settings for resolution,color correction,refresh rate etc. for your TV.You will probably need the refresh rate set at 60hz for the TV though unless it will support a higher rate.


Cheers... same as now then....

The TV supports 120Hz so I hope the graphics card will too.

November 17, 2007 12:15:33 AM

Just buy a cable and connect them. Later,just set up the monitor.
November 17, 2007 12:17:32 AM

Falken699 said:
I am guessing you need to hook your VGA connection into the VGA in on the back of the TV.

If it is HDMI, and you have DVI, buy a DVI to HDMI adapter.

says it all
November 27, 2007 10:33:23 PM

eric54 said:
yep. easy, just need a dvi (male) to hdmi (female) adapter. Then you just use your regular old hdmi cable to plug into the adapter, its 100% compatable (minus the sound of course, but you dont need it) this does work and is currently my bosses setup for his htpc.

Isn't it dvi to hdmi male?
Like this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 27, 2007 10:46:39 PM

G06 said:
Currently I have a Geoforce 6800, with a single DVI output (powering my PC monitor) and S-video (which I hooked up to the TV).
Are you saying your 6800 has only one DVI video output? I'd swear my old 6800 had two, or at least one DVI and one VGA.

VGA is way better than s video btw.....
December 3, 2007 9:27:00 AM

Yep it only had one.

My new 8800GT has two, and my 1080p movies 52 inch TV looks stunning now :-)

Most HD content available for download (ripped off Blu-ray or HD-DVD) seems to be at 720p.... I wonder why this is?
December 6, 2007 12:03:30 AM

G06 said:
Yep it only had one.

My new 8800GT has two, and my 1080p movies 52 inch TV looks stunning now :-)

Most HD content available for download (ripped off Blu-ray or HD-DVD) seems to be at 720p.... I wonder why this is?
A 1080p signal takes about twice the bandwidth of a 720p signal and would take about twice the space to store because it as about twice as many pixels. Bandwidth and storage space become an issue with a true 1080p quality movie. 720p still looks pretty darn good don't it?

1280 x 720 = 921,600 pixels per frame
1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600 pixels per frame
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