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47" Television as 3rd Display

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April 18, 2010 8:43:05 AM

So, heres what the back of my video card looks like,



As you can see, i have 1 VGA, 1 DVI and one HDMI port...

As of now, I am running a 28" widescreen LCD computer monitor from it's HDMI port, to the video cards HDMI port...

My second computer monitor is a 22" widescreen that is positioned vertically, sitting on the right side of my main 28" monitor. A wire is running FROM the DVI port of the 22" monitor INTO the DVI port of the video card... This leaves me with the VGA port of the video card free of usage...

I just recently purchased a 47" LCD television which will be mounted somewhat high against the wall, to the left of my computer desk. The 47" LCD television has 4 HDMI ports (First 3 in the back, 4th on the side), a VGA port in the back and a usb plug on the side...





There are also Red Green Blue and Yellow White Red ports as you can see from the picture's...

I understand that i'm using the last of the digital components for my computer monitors but i do not plan on using the 47" screen for strict computer usage. I will be watching television on the 47"... What i would like to do is occasionally stream live web casts, watch movies/video's, display youtube video's or anything similar (the list goes on) ON the 47" from my computer..

I'm here because i'm unsure of what my limitations are when using VGA... What will my max resolution be for the 47" television screen (while using VGA)? Since i'm purchasing this large quality television, should i swap digital display's from my 22" side computer monitor with the 47" ? (so, the 22" will be VGA and the television will have digital/HDMI etc..) Or would that be silly seeing that i'm not going to be using the television much for the computer anyway, thus leaving me stuck with a poor image on the 22" while using the computer. Will the unpleasent image of the VGA display be so bad to the point where it's not even worth connecting to the 47" or will it be OK for the idea that i'm trying to accomplish? Also, when the 47" is connected to VGA, will i be able to swipe my mouse across the screen and manipulate windows the same way that i do while using my 22", or is there an option where i can strictly use the 47" is a display for viewers? Will it be ran using screen ratio 4:3 or 16:9 or can i chose from the two? These vast number of questions constantly arise, and the slightest bit of contribution towards these questions would be outstanding.

I would like to take use of the last port on my video card regardless of the image quality i receive, simply because it's there and i would like to fill it's space (also because i've never connected a third display to such a large display and i think it would be pretty neat). I'm simply asking for advice, suggestions and opinions. I will be sure to send pics of everything when it's finished, however i would like to get these concerns out of the way! Much appreciated for those responding..

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April 18, 2010 5:03:26 PM

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April 18, 2010 5:42:08 PM

Is that a toshiba REGZA?
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April 18, 2010 5:52:07 PM

pesh said:
Is that a toshiba REGZA?


Yes it is

TOSHIBA 47" 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV 47ZV650U
April 18, 2010 6:34:43 PM

VGA will do 1080 but as far as I know.. not on the REGZA.. I just bought the 46" 240hz LED one and I had to use a DVI to HDMI cable for it to work properly.. Its not as clear as the VGA was for my other tv but it looks fine..
April 18, 2010 8:02:33 PM

pesh said:
VGA will do 1080 but as far as I know.. not on the REGZA.. I just bought the 46" 240hz LED one and I had to use a DVI to HDMI cable for it to work properly.. Its not as clear as the VGA was for my other tv but it looks fine..


So you had to use a DVI to HDMI converter FROM the video card to the television via HDMI plug in order to receive the digital quality that you would get from your computer monitor? I'm not necessarily looking to stream blue ray files with exceptional outstanding quality, i just want to simply stream video's from the net or anything of the likes while just getting enough to feel content.

Also, have you tried using the USB port on the side of the television? How does this work exactly? Do you plug a two ended USB cord from one of the open slots on your computer to the plug on the television? Or do you connect an external hard drive or flash drive to the USB plug on the monitor?
April 18, 2010 8:09:45 PM

I got a cable that plugs into the video card with dvi.. and the other end is HDMI which plugs into the tv.. and I get fairly good quality.. Its not quite as good as a computer monitor but its close.. And as far as I know its the only option that really works.. I was trying to use a DVI to VGA adapter and plug the VGA into the tv but I couldnt run 1080.. Only because windows recognized it as a generic non pnp monitor.. But with the dvi to hmdi it recognizes it as a tv and lets me display 1080.. however it is slightly reduced in quality.. I think it looks find and is what I will continue to use :) 

About the usb port... I have no clue.. Im curious myself as to how it works.. I might just have to experiment.. also with the SD slot lol
April 18, 2010 8:32:43 PM

pesh said:
I got a cable that plugs into the video card with dvi.. and the other end is HDMI which plugs into the tv.. and I get fairly good quality.. Its not quite as good as a computer monitor but its close.. And as far as I know its the only option that really works.. I was trying to use a DVI to VGA adapter and plug the VGA into the tv but I couldnt run 1080.. Only because windows recognized it as a generic non pnp monitor.. But with the dvi to hmdi it recognizes it as a tv and lets me display 1080.. however it is slightly reduced in quality.. I think it looks find and is what I will continue to use :) 

About the usb port... I have no clue.. Im curious myself as to how it works.. I might just have to experiment.. also with the SD slot lol


So when using the VGA option, you couldn't run 1080, but you were able to run something, correct? What resolution were you using then (if it worked) and are you using now for the DVI to HDMI connection?

I have a two ended male VGA cable, and both the video card and television vga ports are female, so what i'm going to do is use this cord and see what happeneds.. I don't understand why it wouldn't work, because what would the point of them putting the VGA port on the television be? If i use the digital choice with the telivision, that will limit me to using vga for my 2nd (22") computer monitor...
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