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Using a HDTV as a monitor

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 20, 2012 2:59:49 AM

Is it possible to use a HDTV as a monitor? My graphics card has HDMI output, and my TV has HDMI input, would it work smoothly?

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a b U Graphics card
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July 20, 2012 3:05:02 AM

Yes it is possible. Get an HDMI cable long enough to connect to your TV and plug it in.
July 20, 2012 3:15:36 AM

Would resolution be a concern?
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a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
July 20, 2012 3:23:45 AM

Yes, what is the native resolution of the TV and what Graphics card do you have? If you can run it at least at 1080p(1920X1080), that would be good. Most newer TV's do support 1080p.

July 20, 2012 3:25:07 AM

For the moment, it will be a Radeon HD 5450
July 20, 2012 3:26:02 AM

Note I will be playing games just like Minecraft, Fallout 3, and Half-life 2 only, nothing high end like Crysis or BF3
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
July 20, 2012 3:36:06 AM

You stil didn't identify the native resolution of the TV. Can you post a link to the manufacturer and model of the TV? However, the Radeon HD 5450 should have no problem displaying on the TV although gaming performance may be a little slow especially at 1080p even on those games.
July 20, 2012 3:41:02 AM

I can't find a link to it, it is a Panasonic Viera LCD HDTV model tc32lx35, up tp 720p

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July 20, 2012 4:06:17 AM

Ok, if it says it's up to 720p then your max resolution is going to be around 1280 X 720. That's probably just fine since your graphics card is fairly weak. You might also be able to use 1366 X 768. Windows should be able to detect the correct graphics mode as soon as you plug in the HDMI cable.
July 20, 2012 4:16:02 AM

Best answer selected by lucarai.