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Using Your TV As A Computer Monitor

 

The plethora of input connections to modern day televisions and fixed-pixel displays mean your television has the capabilty to double as an excellent computer monitor.

Using your television as a computer monitor is great for computer games, web surfing and sharing photos with the family and friends.

 

What You Need

S-Video Inputs

S-Video inputs will improve the look of the desktop on a TV, even if it's not as good as a standard computer monitor.

Resolution

640x480 is the max resolution for standard TV tubes. DLP, LCD-based rear-projection TVs, flat-panel LCD TV's and plasma televisions display computer images at higher resolutions. More on Television Resolution

VGA or DVI Input

If you're serious about using your set as a big monitor for standard software, look for a VGA-style RGB input. This is the same as your computer monitor uses.

Digital DVI inputs are even better, and often you can use a TV's HDMI input with a special adapter and maybe a little tweaking to display images from your computer's DVI output.

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