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#197711 - 02/23/08 11:30 PM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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Doormat,

cool, I just noticed the specs for my video card (thanks!). It looks like I would have to be at 120 Hz for 1920 x 1080. I have seen that most tv's need 60 Hz so I wonder if this is a deal breaker.


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#197715 - 02/23/08 11:34 PM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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If your computer monitor is not capable of the resolution your trying to achieve it won't be an option. A 1080i tv will generally also provide 720p, which is where HD starts.

I would think you could get a convertor for your video card to get to component, then you should be able to hook up to your tv.
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#197718 - 02/23/08 11:41 PM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: SirQuack]
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I still think a new video card might be as cheap as a converter.
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#197723 - 02/23/08 11:53 PM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: tomtuttle]
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One of those converters in my original post is only 70 bucks, if I could find an HD video card that I could plug into my tv using component cables for that I would be all over it.

I'm wondering what the difference is between the converters in my OP (other than 100 bucks or so).

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#197725 - 02/24/08 12:02 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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 Originally Posted By: cameron
Doormat, so what you're saying is that when I have it hooked up using a component cable then the 1920 x 1080 resolution will show up as an option on my settings?


If the TV is set as the Primary display, then yes, it should. Sometimes the drivers can get pretty uppity about which monitor it sees as the primary if you have multiple displays (I use a laptop and projector and occasionally have to re-set it up).

As to refresh rates, I seem to recall something about it not really being relevant for LCDs, sort of a holdover from CRT days. Not entirely sure about that, so don't base anything on my say so for this.
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#197726 - 02/24/08 12:03 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: doormat]
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$70?! For a VGA to component cable? This might do the trick.


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#197733 - 02/24/08 12:23 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: Ken.C]
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My current video card has the same outputs as that card - VGA, DVI, and s-video so I would still need something to convert to component since that is all my tv takes. Thanks for the idea though, looks like a pretty cheap HD card that's for sure.

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#197734 - 02/24/08 12:28 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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The card has the s-vid to component cable included.
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#197735 - 02/24/08 12:29 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: doormat]
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"If the TV is set as the Primary display, then yes, it should. Sometimes the drivers can get pretty uppity about which monitor it sees as the primary if you have multiple displays (I use a laptop and projector and occasionally have to re-set it up)."

Hmm... that could be a problem because I need to use my regular monitor as my primary display. I can't figure out how to get the taskbar/start menu etc. to show up on my secondary display (which is the tv) without making my tv the primary display and then the taskbar is gone from the computer monitor.

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#197736 - 02/24/08 12:30 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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Ahhhh gotcha kcarlile - and you think that would be a true 1080 i output going to the tv?

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