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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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VGA to TV adapter

i recently bought a new computer so im putting the old one in my room, and i already have a computer desk which my tv sits on, ive tried finding an adapter so i can switch from my cable box to my pc with a simple swap of wires, i would prefer to keep the tv for my cable box and computer because my moniter is so small. the only adapters ive been able to find are for "s video" im not sure what that is but it doesnt have the same type of cable as my cable box uses.


anybody know of any adapters, or a way to hook up my pc to my tv if not then a way to hook up my cable box to my moniter?
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You can find VGA to s-video adapters on ebay for about 15 bucks... then you have to get an s-video to composit video adapter/converter... I thik I've seen those at Walmart... check online.

OR, you can get a USB (I think, maybe it was pcmcia {laptop}) to tv-out... now, the nice thing about the second option is that the one I saw on eBay (it was either 50 bucks, or 150 bucks) is that it will also allow you to capture... so, you could go either way there...

To capture video, generally you need a pretty zippy machine.

The down fall of going from Computer to TV, is that the 'dot pitch' on a TV is close to 4 to 5 times that of a good monitor...(1.0 vs. .25 or .23)... So, this means that any smaller font (and probably most standard fonts) will be really hard to read...

Now, if you have a High Deff screen, you probably would be just fine!
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that is actually the problem that I have with my new computer, I have the it hooked up to my TV (set up for dual monitors) but I can't read any fonts, pictures and videos are good, just not reading anything lol. I've seen video cards though with the yellow video out on them too.
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I didn't mention that idea, but yes, there are video cards with a TV out feature.

if you have deep enough pockets (I don't!) you can buy a machine capable of handling HD content, and has HDMI outputs... then buy an HD TV and go to town with something fun.... you can get a 46 inch at Walmart for sub 1K prices from time to time.. *grins*
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probably going with choice number 1
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Let us know what you end up going with... I'd like to know your success, I know a few people with a budget of ZERO that are sight impared, and depending on your success rate, I may investigate further.
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i will be getting the the adapters soon, a night when i dont have work im gona go price shopping
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Back in the day my first gaming PC had a Voodoo 3 3200 with S-Video. I was only able to afford a 15inch monitor at the time so I used a 23inch TV as my primary video source for gaming. Couldn't read crap with it but it was very nice for video games.

I pretty much did the same thing with my old Mac that I use as a wannabe AppleTV.

A lot of people tell me S-Video is more clear then composite or coax but it all looks the same. I think S-Video can support a higher res but anything higher then 800x600 text is too difficult to read. The whole point for a TV connection is for ether watching video or playing video games. You could tweak Windows to use a bigger font but in the end you would of been better off with a real monitor.

My new system has a low end budget GeForce 7 that has DVI and HDMI. Too bad my system isn't near the 32"HD in the living room or I would use that sucker as a monitor.

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The way to go is just buying a cheap HDTV with a VGA input. I used a 32" for about 4 years now. Today, I upgraded to a 40" 1080p TV........looks great!



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