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Connecting computer to TV question

02-26-2008, 01:48 AM

Has your experience in connecting your computer to your LCD TV been good?

I'm thinking of purchasing a LCDTV and using it as a monitor on occasion.

I would like a good resolution, so 1080 would be best right because it goes up to something like 19201080?

I think I understand the connections part... I need my video card to have dvi or hdmi outputs right?

My real question though: Do most video cards output to 19201080? On my current computer, in "Display Properties" setting listings include: 1280x1024, 1024x768 and 800x600. But I don't see 19201080 and I think most video cards don't support such a wide format. Is this a concern and how can I check when I buy my new computer?


02-26-2008, 10:20 AM
If you're going to get a 1920 x 1080 display, I would recommend replacing your video card with one that supports 1920 x 1080/widescreen.

If you feed the display anything less, it will scale it up to 1920 x 1080, which may look fine for videos, but can distort computer graphics, particularly fine details and text.

It's also likely that the display will only support standard ATSC HD formats over HDMI--i.e. 720p (1280 x 720) and 1080i/p (1920 x 1080). If so, you would need to use the VGA port on the display rather than HDMI with your current video card, as VGA inputs on HDTV's are usually much more flexible in the resolutions they support and take into account the various issues, such as dot phase, which can greatly improve the quality of computer graphics over an analog interface.

02-26-2008, 10:23 AM
I've had no problems doing so with my 23" Samsung. Very sharp even at 1366 x 768 so you don't have to get a 1080p. My display properties shows this setting exactly so I think your computer will recognize the pixel dimensions of whatever tv you connect.