TV as a monitor

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Ocg, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Ocg

    Ocg OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I just put together a ITX computer and was wanting to use the s-video connection to use my TV as the monitor. I just installed windows xp pro on the system and I'm wondering is there any tweaks or anything that might make it look better?
     
  2. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

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    the resolution of tv's is way worse than monitors overall. I dont think theres any way to get a better resolution out of your tv (short of just bringing the resolution down thru the settings ie. 800x600)
     
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Start at 640x480. A TV is only designed to do about 512x512. The phospors are too slow (or used to be). I haven't tried hooking up to a TV in 10 years.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    It's just a bad idea. The picture quality of a television set is comparatively poor to any CRT or TFT display. The picture displayed on your TV will look awful on anything more than say a 6-inch screen.

    S-Video outs are only any good for DVD/DivX/Video watching or possibly gaming. :)
     
  5. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    I think the main difference is that a TV is designed to be watched from a much greater distance than a monitor is. At the avergae viewing distance of a TV the close resolution it lacks isn't noticeable.
     
  6. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    Weird but I tell the kids off for watching TV as closely as I always sit at the PC!!
     
  7. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    u'll kill your eyes if u use a tv for a monitor regularly =)
     
  8. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    You'll burn the screen too coz a large proportion of the screen will have no movements.