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[Discuss] Using a good TV as a monitor

If I were buying one for the purpose I'd certainly want to go to at
least 1080p and perhaps higher. But I think Jerry was proposing to use
a TV he already owns, and if so it's likely to be a 720p set because
the majority of 32" sets are that resolution.

Aside from the resolution issue and the inability to send audio to the
TV, it's easy to do and should work well. All you need is a DVI to
HDMI cable, or an appropriate DVI to HDMI adapter at either end of the
connection. I have tried it, and also gone in the other direction -
connecting things with HDMI outputs to my DVI monitors.

Another useful conversion is HDMI to VGA so I can connect new devices
to my old analog-only data projector; I have an inexpensive converter
for that. That involves digital to analog conversion so it's not
lossless like the DVI to HDMI connection but it works well enough.

On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM, John Abreau <abreauj at> wrote:
> I find that even 1080 feels crowded for a vertical resolution. I really
> hated it when the industry essentially abandoned 1920x1200 in favor of
> 1920x1080 for laptop displays.
> If I were in the market for a new monitor/hdtv, I'd go for a reasonably
> large 4K display. A 55-inch display with a resolution of 3840x2160 would be
> a great replacement for the 28-inch 1920x1200 display I currently use.
> Amazon currently sells one of these, the Seiki SE55UY04 55-Inch 120Hz LED 4k
> UHD TV, for $699.
> On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM, Shirley M?rquez D?lcey <mark at>
> wrote:
>> DVI to HDMI is a simple passive adapter; the digital signals for the
>> video are identical. DVI doesn't pass audio, so if you plan to use the
>> speakers in the TV you will have to get the audio there some other
>> way. Aside from that it should work perfectly, though a 32" TV is
>> likely to only be 720p.
>> On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM, Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:
>> > I am moving to a new home, and I was considering using a Samsung 32" TV
>> > as an alternative screen. One drawback is that my computer does not have
>> > HDMI, but that is a minor issue.
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