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Sony 34 inch

02-27-2006, 05:16 PM
Hello there guys and gals. This is my first post on this forum, and it looks like a great place. The reason in which I am posting here is that I have a problem with using my HDTV as a monitor.

I recently purchased a Sony 34-inch HDTV, model number KD-34XSS955. This TV produces amazing picture, especially in 720p and 1080i.

Anyways, I know HDTV’s are not the best choice at all for a secondary monitor for a computer, but since I already have the TV, I was just did not see why not to try.

Anyways, I have a Mac Powerbook 15 inch, with a 128mb ATI radeon 9700 graphics card. I have a DVI video out port on the laptop. Well I bought a DVI to Component video converter, that is supported by the ATI graphics card.

Well I connected the comp. video cables to the HDTV, and no image. I did pretty much everything in the book that I know of to get it to work, including changing resolution quality and color options etc. All I get is a black screen, and when I set the resolution to a stupidly low res, such as 800x whatever, I just get a rainbow line effect on the tv, so I quickly change it back.

Everyone said this was a good way to get a 1080i signal from my computer to the TV so I can, lets say, watch a movie, play games, etc on the TV. Well all in all it does not work whatsoever, an I am pretty disappointed. I would obviously just used a DVI cable with no converter, but the HDTV doesn’t have a DVI input.

What else can I try? Or what are some basic things I can be doing wrong?

Thanks a ton in advance.

02-27-2006, 09:55 PM
Another option is DVI to HDMI. I doubt that will help, though, sounds like the problem may be something in your computer setup/graphics card.

02-28-2006, 12:35 AM
As the previous poster suggested...an HDMI/DVI cable. Also make sure you set the PC card to the TV's native HD resolution, 1920x1080 and refresh rate at 60hz.