I want to use my tv as a monitor since it such a bigger screen. Mostly surfing the net and playing a few games. What video card has good text display on a tv? I've only actually seen a few in action and they look ok for games but reading would give me a headache. Right now I got my eye on the AIW Radeon. I would like to have TV input as well but output is more important.
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The T.V. out on my Asus V6800 GeForce DDR is great, i have no problem reading text. I also have a Sony 32 inch Trinitron that i'm using for it which is a great T.V. with a very clear picture. It depends alot on your T.V. picture as well, personally the setup i have here works great for me. Al
Do you think all the newer ones will have similar luck? Or you think you still have to be careful about what you buy?
Thanks for the tip, I didn't know tv had a big deal to do with it.
netdude, I have the same vid card and I tried the composite out and it was horrible... S-video would be much better but i don't have s-video inputs on my TV - which did you use?
hnate, monitors are better than TVs with regards to dot pitch, resolution and refresh rates.... just imagine surfing the net with blurred images @ a whopping <640x480
not so kewl
Basically monitors are better and you can't really use a VGA-TV solution otherwise everybody would be using 21" TV screens (which are dead cheap) and nobody would buy
expensive 20" monitors would they!?
I had that inspiration... it was short lived
Yeah, I know monitors are alot better. Thats why I'm being picky and asking people who have experience with it. But since Netdude has abviously had great results with it sounds like something worth looking into. He did say the tv had alot to do with it. I know I would definetly need a new one.
So how are your results just on the gameing side?
sexyMF, i use the RCA out(composite). What i did was i added a grounding coupler/filter(around $5-$10 at Radio Shack) to my cable line that goes into my VCR. Before i added that i was getting lines and and all sorts of crap on the picture when i used the T.V. out of my V6800. If it's along run to your T.V. the S-video will degrade alot by the time it get's to your T.V., they're not really that good over twenty feet or so. I have about a thirty five foot run to my T.V., plus i'm not sure if my S-video on my T.V. is a four pin(i think it's a four pin, it's a older Trinitron) or seven pin, a seven will not fit into a four pin. Add the grounding coupler if you have cable also going into your set or VCR and use the composite out and a nice fat RCA cable, i use a Monster cable,it will look alot better. Al
I am also interested in hooking a PC to my TV. I have a 46 inch HD ready TV. My friend told me to use the video card monitor out to the tv instead of an output made for a tv on a video card. Has anyone used Powerdesk software for adjusting the display on a tv? I am also interested in a new video card that can produce a clean image on a large tv screen. Any suggestions?
As for playing games on the TV
PC becomes Nintendo!
Games look cheesy
But I will definitly try a fat monster cable RCA as suggested by netdude
I'm also going to try the S-Video from a DVD player into my machine and see how that fairs.... (and if this hardware MPEG decoding really works!)
How do you use the monitor out to TV? You just buy an adapter and this powerdesk software you mentioned?
To hook a monitor out to a tv you will need a vga to whatever you are connrcting it to. For example I have 5 rca HD input on teh back of my TV and I using an HD cable vga to 5 rca's. Load the software and then config. it.
I don't use the T.V. out to play games on my T.V., i haven't even used the T.V. out that much to be honest, i use the video in on the card alot more due to some ideas i have for adding some streaming video to my sites. Al
IMO a larger tv-screen can be used when you are going to show many people a project or something.
Otherwise, if you've got a 17" monitor with good dot pitch there's no reason to use the tv-output to play games.
However you can record the games to video by your tv-screen, but thats just your decision..
Any of you ever seen call for help on ZDTV? The TV out they get from their computer is amazing. Thats what sparked this whole thing. I've written to them and asked what they used but never get reply.