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Old 11-12-2008, 07:38 PM   #1  
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Hey guys,

Is it hard to connect a pc to a hdtv? Do i need a special video card or something, or can i do it with the computer in stock form?

I really dont know anything much about this at all so i need some help. Im going to be getting a 52" lcd, and allthough i dont plan on using it as a monitor really, id like to be able to view pictures and movies from my PC on it once in awhile.

Can you guys help me out?

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If your new LCD TV has a VGA input (it most likely will) you just get a VGA cable and connect it up. You then go into your display properties/settings and try to match it up to or as close to your TV's native resolution for the 2nd display. It sounds like your LCD will be a 1080p (1920x1080) so try and set it to that. Hit the fn + f4 key and see what resolution works the best depending on what resolutions you have to choose from with your video card.

If your video card also has DVI, you can get a DVI to HDMI cable and give that a go as well.
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I think i only have 1 vga output on my computer, and it is currently occupied by my monitor.

A picture is worth 1000 words right? Take a look, is this other connection the DVI? Can i get a DVI to HDMI cord? Is there a quality loss with dvi, or is it harder to get to cooperate or something>?
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Yes, that is DVI. No quality loss with HDMI to DVI at all. It is all digital. You can get a HDMI to DVI cable here for around $10.. Sometimes you have some overscan issues with DVI depending on the card and TV. Hook er up and check it out. If not just get a VGA switch box or use the same cable from you monitor.

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LOL, whats wrong with my modem? Haha, i got cable.

Can i cause any damage to my TV? I read in a sticky up above that if i set something wrong i could have issues or possibly damage?

Should i try and find out what video card is in this thing? What type of resolution should i set it on? Ive been browsing and it looks like 1280x720 is an option.. That should be a proper ratio for the tv no? @60hz?

By the way the PC is less than a year old so it shouldnt be TOO outdated.
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How can it cause damage to your TV? Use a DVI to HDMI cable converter and you will get 1080p resolution. Trust me, your computer screen will be awesome.
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #7  
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You seem to know how to do this. I connected my Dell latitude 820 to my Samsung HL-55087W DLP HDTV. The connections seem simple enough - a PC input on the TV and an external monitor output on the PC, but the TV does not recognize the PC. Any help is appreciated.
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on my computer i have both my 22in dell monitor and panasonic
plasma hooked up

the video card has 2 DVI outs. so i hooked up normal to monitor
(DVI to DVI) and to plasma a DVI to HDMI cable

If you have an Nvidia card you can set things up so that the monitor is main(shows desktop etc) and the TV is only used to show videos.
(which is the only reason i hooked up the panny to the computer)
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