Merging World of computers and Television :
In spite of its superior color consistency and higher resolution within a given area, CRT monitors are being replaced with the lower power consuming and vastly smaller footprint of the LCD and it can be said that that the CRT display has seen its day. The consumer-level television scenario is playing witness to a similar trend as prices continue to drop, consumers are beginning to realize the combination of LCD screens and high definition television (HDTV) is becoming an increasingly viable alternative to its older, bulkier CRT counterparts.
Ways to connect your TV to Computer:
There are a multiple number of ways that will get your PC or Laptop connected to a TV. Most computers have incorporated composite (RCA) or S-Video (TV-Out) output that will extend your desktop beyond just the monitor. For PCs and desktop systems, there are numerous AGP video cards available that offer a variety of video outputs including composite, s-video, and component video connections for analog signals. But before that it is necessary to take note of what inputs your television can accept.
If it has multiple input ports, remember that there is a hierarchy in terms of composite, S-Video, then component video. So opt for the highest quality connection supported by both devices. Some of the older models of TV or more basic televisions may only have a coaxial cable port. In this case, there are video cards with coax outputs and scan converters that will pass the signal through a coaxial cable directly to your television. You’ll also need to connect your sound card’s Line-Out connector to the TV for sound. Newer televisions might have Component Video, DVI, VGA or HDMI inputs but the ones listed above are more common.
If you’re planning on using just a normal, plain old television for your monitor describing the visual result could be embarrassing because the broadcast quality television just isn’t the same as a computer’s video display and so not all TV monitors can produce the resolution that the computer can produce. At best, a regular TV display is around 640×480 resolution.
If you’re using your TV as a computer monitor to do typical things like reading email or surfing the web, you’ll be quite disappointed with the resolution. However, if on the other hand, you are playing back a video and watching it on the TV monitor – it seems to be quite acceptable.Today, many video cards start at 800×600, since most computer monitors support resolutions of at least 1024×768, if not much, much higher which simply won’t work on a normal TV.
If you can bring down the resolution on your computer down to 640×480, you can try connecting it to your TV. Many laptops actually include an ‘s-video’ out for exactly this purpose.
There are converter boxes available that will take a standard VGA connector and turn it into a composite video signal that can be plugged into a TV with a composite input. In general, the visual results are roughly of the same poor quality.
Newer TV’s have digital (DVI) input – particularly those that are High Definition (HD) ready in which cases you actually connect your computer directly to the TV. Though the TV may not support higher resolutions that your computer monitor might, but they’ll almost certainly support resolutions that are much more acceptable for computer usage.
Most computer manufacturers are adding TV compatible outputs on their products so it’s easy to have a PC to TV connection when you hook it up. The S-video in particular seems to be popping up on more and more computers, so a PC to TV S video connector might be what you need.
If you are a gamer or have your PC integrated into your home theater system, and want the largest possible monitor to play on and show off, a LCD TV can be a very impressive.