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Displays Using a TV as a PC monitor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KD88, 25 Nov 2015.

  1. KD88

    KD88 Minimodder

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    Having just bought a new TV I thought I'd try my old (10 years) 32" as a monitor.

    The results however, are not great. I've tried changing some settings in CCC and improved things a bit, but text in particular isn't great.

    Are there any must do's when using a TV.
     
  2. Pookie

    Pookie Illegitimi non carborundum

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    As its 10 years old the resolution is going to be pretty low I imagine. Perhaps 720p at best, whats the make and model number of the TV? Are you using HDMI to connect?
     
  3. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Also remember that you tend to sit much closer to your monitor than you normally do to a TV. The dot pitch tends to be greater on a TV than it does on a monitor, mainly because it doesn't matter so much when you sit 10ft away from a TV. This does mean that the picture tends to look more fuzzy on a TV than on a proper monitor.

    The main downside is that you'll never get a great desktop image on a TV, especially if you sit 18" away from it :(
     
  4. thom804

    thom804 Minimodder

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    I've got a 1080i 40" Sony Bravia from years ago that I occasionally use with my PC for watching TV in bed. However, for gaming, just forget it. At 1920x1080, the quality is awful and it needs to be dropped down to 720 to make it anywhere near acceptable.
     
  5. KD88

    KD88 Minimodder

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    It's a Phillips 32PF7531D/10

    Aspect ratio
    16:9
    Brightness
    500 cd/m²
    Contrast ratio (typical)
    800:1
    Diagonal screen size (inch)
    32 inch
    Diagonal screen size (metric)
    80 cm
    Picture enhancement
    Pixel Plus
    Contrast Plus
    Progressive Scan
    3D Combfilter
    3/2 - 2/2 motion pull down
    Digital Noise Reduction
    Jagged Line Suppression
    Luminance Transient Improver
    Pulse Killer Chip
    Active Control
    Colour Temperature Adjustment
    Sharpness Adjustment
    Screen enhancement
    Anti-Reflection coated screen
    Panel resolution
    1366 x 768p
    Response time (typical)
    8 ms
    Dynamic screen contrast
    3200:1
    Viewing angle
    176º (H) / 176º (V)
    Display screen type
    LCD WXGA Active Matrix TFT


    Computer formats
    640 x 480, 60, 67, 72, 75Hz
    800 x 600, 56, 60, 72, 75Hz
    1024 x 768, 60, 70, 75Hz
    720 x 400, 70Hz
    Video Formats
    640 x 480i - 1Fh
    640 x 480p - 2Fh
    720 x 576i - 1Fh
    720 x 576p - 2Fh
    1280 x 720p - 3Fh
    1920 x 1080i - 2Fh
     
  6. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    32" at 1366 x 768 is your key problem.

    However even modern TVs still don't tend to make very good monitors.

    If you can it might be worth using the TV as a second display for media if you want/need the extra screen size, but I definitely wouldn't try to use it as a primary display if you have any other options available to you.
     
  7. Jhill

    Jhill What's a Dremel?

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    TV is not great for monitor but I have used them in the past for movie playback & things
    to much lag for gaming
     
  8. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    As others have stated TVs suffer from rubbish resolutions, less than ideal colour repro in some cases and so on...

    TL-DR:

    You can, but I wouldn't... Certainly wouldn't on a TV that size/resolution...
     

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