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Mountain Mama

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Posted: 02/06/18 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We recently bought a new Dell pc for home which did not come with a monitor. We purchased a new 24” TV to use for the monitor. Need to get it all set up but have a question about the TV. (I got the HDMI cable to hook it to the computer as I found info online that this was what was needed.) The TV is brand new.. still in box. Do we need to "set it up" as using it for a TV before hooking to computer or can we do that after hooking to PC? TIA


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Posted: 02/06/18 11:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You shouldn't need to set anything much up--just choose the appropriate HDMI input. Without an antenna or cable connection it's rather pointless to scan for channels anyhow. You may wish to fiddle with some of the picture settings, though, to suit your fancy.





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full_mosey wrote:

With a 720 TV you will be OK with pictures and videos.

My experience is that a 720 TV doesn't have enough pixels or dots per inch(DPI) to show text very clearly for email or surfing. You will want 1080 for that.

I use a 1920x1080 TV as a monitor.

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You will need to set your "input" settings (usually a button on your remote) to HMDI. You may have more than 1 HMDI ports on the back of your television, all of mine have 2 ports. So when selecting the "source" you'll have a drop down list, usually listing CATV, Over the Air TV, HMDI-1, HMDI-2, and possibly some other types of inputs, depending upon what kind of jacks are on the back.

Just an FYI. I have tried use our flat screen, HD televisions as a monitor for our computers, and found the picture to be a bit grainy, especially reading texts. Depending upon the resolution of your television you may just end up getting a computer monitor.

I do a lot of work from home, and have a company laptop. The screen is pretty small. So I got the largest computer flat screen I could find a few years ago and been using it ever since. Worlds apart from the screen appearance on the televisions and the computer monitor.

Just something to think about.


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Really depends on the TV.

Some make a pretty good monitor, I'm using a 43" LG 4K TV at my house on my main computer, it's awesome. A neighbor bought a 24" for the same I paid on my 43, and they lost out. The TV for whatever reason stretches the computer image off the edges of the screen, and there's no way to turn it off. They returned it, got another brand same size, works great once set to PC mode and "just scan" for picture size.

Cool thing about TV as a monitor, using HDMI is you get sound too, without having to mess with another cable, or cranking up the laptop speakers.


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Not all PCs have an HDMI out port. More common is DVI. DVI and HDMI are "cousins" so a simple not expensive conversion cable (or plug) is all you need. DVI does not include any audio.

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Get a use monitor from craigslist. You will be happer.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Not all PCs have an HDMI out port. More common is DVI. DVI and HDMI are "cousins" so a simple not expensive conversion cable (or plug) is all you need. DVI does not include any audio.


Good point.

A new new computer might not even have HDMI, it's fallen out of favor for some reason. You might need a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter also called a dongle.

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Posted: 02/06/18 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The one we got has HDMI (thus my getting the HDMI cable) and it also advertises on box to use as a PC monitor. It is a 1080p also.

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