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TVs as monitors

On Sat, Apr 10, 2004 at 04:33:39PM -0400, Doug Sweetser wrote:
> Hello:
> The land of TV tubes is very competitive.  There is a lot of screen
> available for a few hundred bucks.  Does anyone other than WebTV
> trilobites use TVs as monitors?  The flat screen ones sure would feel
> like any Joe monitor.  
> What would be required to control the TV?  Could it be done with
> S-video input, whatever that is?  It would be a cool upgrade to go
> from 15" to 27".

I don't know about HDTV, but the NTSC signal used to drive your standard
TV has nowhere near the resolution needed to deal with the video used
in computer monitors.

If you want to drive a TV, you need a scan converter - something that
will translate the monitor signal to NTSC video. Such products exist
both as outboard boxes and PCI cards - and some display cards have that
capability built in. But you'll find the result totally unusable as a
monitor except at the lowest resolutions.


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