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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby mikehende » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:28 pm

The manual and the diagram on the back of the TV shows input4, that is what works for the HDMI in any case so don't know what else to do.
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby CS70 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:47 pm

mikehende wrote:The manual and the diagram on the back of the TV shows input4, that is what works for the HDMI in any case so don't know what else to do.

Apologies if I have missed something.

If you connect VGA to VGA:

- why do you mention HDMI?
- you would need a separate audio cable from the PC to an audio input on the TV (usually red and white RCA sockets, and usually a cable from TRS mini-jack to RCA, to take the signal from the pc headphone output), as VGA deals only with video
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby mikehende » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:03 pm

No worries. The TV has 2 input connectors on Input 4, a VGA and an HDMI.

Testing from my imac's HDMI connector to the HDMI on the TV, no issues.

The problem is getting the VGA from my windows pc to work with the VGA on the TV
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby CS70 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:22 pm

Right. If the Input 4 is "shared" between VGA and HDMI, is it possible that you have to select (via an options menu on the TV) which one you want to actually use?

Which TV model is it?
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby CS70 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:29 pm

Cool. it's the classic VGA + audio cable setup, actually with a mini-jack to mini-jack which is an easier cable to find than mini-jack to RCA.

But the manual says it's input 5, not 4? It sounds very odd with "shared" inputs, I never saw a monitor having any...
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby mikehende » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:36 pm

Either way, doesn't work on any input.
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby wireman » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:27 pm

I might as well ask just to be 100% clear. Can you send a photo of the back of your PC? I presume it has a single VGA connector only and that is connected to some monitor you currently use?
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby CS70 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:18 pm

mikehende wrote:Either way, doesn't work on any input.

Are you positive that the pc is sending? You have to tell it explicitly, only connecting the cable won’t be enough.

If you’re sure that the pc is sending and you have selected input 5 as source and nothing happens, then something is broken. Could also be the cable..
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby mikehende » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:51 pm

The one VGA connector is working perfect with a pc monitor so no issues.

Sorry I had forgotten to mention that my imac works with the HDMI with a DP to HDMI adapter which is why I am thinking a VGA to HDMI adapter might work also.
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:41 pm

Not sure if this is the right way round for you but I have one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1 and it does what you'd expect.
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby ef37a » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:58 am

I have a surround sound DVD player (pan' HT-SA855) and wanted to feed my JVC (smart'ish) TV with component video, it being the next best thing down from HDMI. The component input is on a 3,5mm jack and so I bought the appropriate breakout adaptor. Does not work!
I have to feed the TV via whale **** qualty SCART.

But, I had a similar problem with my son's Lenovo laptop, does not have HDMI but "Mini Display Port". Got the adaptor. No go. Tried it in a "stupid" charity shop Bush FSTV, fine. Back to the JVC and power cycled it. Mini DP then worked.

As soon as I can be A'ed I am going to try the component feed again.

There might be an issue with the frame rate ("refresh rate") but when that happens you usually get an on screen message.

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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:50 am

Good point about the refresh rate - our big TVs at work do not display any message at all if the refresh rate or resolution they are receiving are out of range, they just go black.

Maybe start at a low resolution and see if that works?
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Re: Using TV as pc Monitor to watch videos

Postby mikehende » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:43 pm

I have decided I am simply going to get a regular pc monitor for this guys as they are cheap enough so no need to dig into this any further. I do appreciate you guys trying to help, thanks!
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