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How do you convert a tv set into a computer monitor?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It wouldn't be a good idea, because most TV sets are incapable of displaying a resoultion anywhere near to what a computer monitor does. Because of this, text will be hard to read and in general the picture will not look very crisp.

    Many video cards have an S-Video out jack, which can be plugged into your TV. New HDTVs (LCD and DLP particularly) have a VGA-in jack that allows you to use your standard computer monitor cable for connectivity.

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with the previous poster that generally speaking, TV sets do not make good computer monitors. The reason is because standard TV sets only have 480 lines of video information from the top-to-bottom. Even the worst computer monitor sold today has 768 lines. This tranlates to a huge difference in legibility (you can either (a) barely read text; or (b) your text will be insanely large).

    However, if you have an HDTV (high-definition) set, your TV very likely has 720 or more lines, which is more usable and may be worth hooking up.

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