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Need help with a PC to TV connection

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July 23, 2011 4:32:05 PM

So, all I'm trying to do is connect my custom desktop with a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card to a new, HITACHI LCD HDTV with a built-in DVD player (model #L26D204). As of right now, all I have is a plain VGA chord connecting from the slot on my tower to the slot on the back of my TV, which is also a VGA slot. Now, every time I put the TV to the PC setting I see a "No Signal" message on the screen. So, I looked at the resolutions that were required for a VGA cable to work, and I can't seem to get any of the two monitors in my house to the low settings ( 640X480 and 720X400). Right now, what I would like to know is there a program that could perhaps lower the possible settings, or is there any way I could lower the settings using the resolution options? I would prefer not to spend any money. Secondly, I noticed that the resolution for an SVGA chord was 800X600, which I can now reach on my current monitor. If this is the case, would I have to go out and buy an SGVA chord? Or would it be wiser to buy a HDMI cable?

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July 23, 2011 9:22:46 PM

Go HDMI
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July 23, 2011 10:47:13 PM

Yeah, if both the TV and card have HDMI then that would definitely be the best way to go.
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July 24, 2011 3:18:01 AM

Silverhammer_Dawg said:
So, all I'm trying to do is connect my custom desktop with a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card to a new, HITACHI LCD HDTV with a built-in DVD player (model #L26D204). As of right now, all I have is a plain VGA chord connecting from the slot on my tower to the slot on the back of my TV, which is also a VGA slot. Now, every time I put the TV to the PC setting I see a "No Signal" message on the screen. So, I looked at the resolutions that were required for a VGA cable to work, and I can't seem to get any of the two monitors in my house to the low settings ( 640X480 and 720X400). Right now, what I would like to know is there a program that could perhaps lower the possible settings, or is there any way I could lower the settings using the resolution options? I would prefer not to spend any money. Secondly, I noticed that the resolution for an SVGA chord was 800X600, which I can now reach on my current monitor. If this is the case, would I have to go out and buy an SGVA chord? Or would it be wiser to buy a HDMI cable?


You would be wiser to buy an HDMI cable. However, if you'd still like to troubleshoot the current gear you have, i'd ensure that the latest drivers are up to date, and search the net for a list of resolutions supported by your TV. You will continue to see "No Signal" until you output @ a resolution the TV can recognize.

Also, depending on your driver settings, you might need to have the TV plugged into your GFX card before the computer starts up. This used to be the case 100% of the time for older drivers/cards, but there's still a chance you haven't selected an option in your driver settings to detect TV when the driver control panel is opened.
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