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#1 burnface

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:15 PM

Is there a good way for me to hook my computer up to my tv and use it like a monitor or to watch movies? Its a little older tv, so all it has is like...RCA inputs for audio/video, and it also has S-video. I've heard that both of those ways make pretty crappy quality though?

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:26 PM

ye I do this to, it is possible, although my TV is rather new. I used, for the video, one VGA cable
that looks like this:
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For the audio i use 1 double-jack cable which looks like this:
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Unfortunately, i see those inputs are not in your TV. I've heard that is possible to use a VGA to SCART cable that looks liek this:
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The vga will go into your PC (it is possible you'll have to take out your monitior-cable) and the SCART will go into your TV (it is also likely that your tv only has 1 scart input, which you will have to use. Note that i dont have experience with the scart cable.
It may depend on your TV to, therefore you should take a look in your TV-info (when you bought your TV).

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:07 PM

My tv actually doesn't even have a scart input :thumbsup:

the only other thing i could think of is using a VGA to RCA cable, but again, i heard that makes it look really crappy..

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:32 PM

eh u DONT have a scart cable? Hm i bet your TV wont have the right statistics for using this anyway. I mean when it doesnt even have a Scart cable, it must be pretty old.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:47 PM

Yeahhh well its not SO old, but it was like a hotel one, so it doesn't have any of that fancy stuff. Seems like the best plan is to get a projector or something? haha

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:56 PM

S-video and A/V cables require a little fine tuning but you can get the picture to come out at SD quality.Remember the aspect ratio of a normal TV is 4:3

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:16 PM

By "fine tuning" what do you mean exactly? Like screw around with the res on my computer so that its gonna look right on a 4:3 tv?

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:01 AM

Seems like the best plan is to get a projector or something? haha

hehe no any "rather" new TV will do, mines about 1year old now, just make sure it has VGA input and your fine ;). Though if u get a new one,and a rather new pc, it is possible to use HDMI cable wich probably give way better quality, i guess this will be just plug and play, but i dont have any experience with this.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:19 PM

What kind of Video card do you have in your computer?
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:22 PM

not totally sure actually...where do i find the specs for that? I have a dell latitude d830 if that tells you anything? otherwise where do i look for that?

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:14 AM

Simply download & install Everest home edition To find out what exact hardware you have in your PC

Edited by Stofzuiger, 29 April 2009 - 04:15 AM.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:52 AM

i used to use an S-video out from my computer to a scrat into my old TV, im gussing you could do the same but just s-video to s-video if your graphics card has S-video?. Like you say its not going to be the best but your not going to be able to much with your TV being so old. Maybe time for a new one ?




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