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cheesebacca

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using my monitor as a tv. How?
« on: September 23, 2007, 03:53:17 AM »

so can i use my monitor as a tv? I have a DVI-D and COMPONET inputs, but nothing like that on the back of my rogers digital box. does rogers have newer boxes with these types of outputs? HELP!!!

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Re: using my monitor as a tv. How?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007, 12:40:08 PM »

If the rogers box is a HD box then you can connect it with HDMI-DVI cables.

Anything else you have to buy a video capture card that will plug into the computer and allows you to plug in std AV cables from the rogers box.
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Re: using my monitor as a tv. How?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007, 01:49:54 PM »

TV-cards are dirt cheap.  just add a TV tuner (PCI card)and your PC will have onboard 125channel TV tuner with "line in", like any standard TV.  you can watch TV in a window, set the "vcr software" to record shows to an mpeg file on your hard drive. rewind live TV. its basically like having a TIVO in your PC. for under a hundred bucks.
the good ones will even have a comb filter which smoths out the analog reception and cleans up the picture.   

my wife's has had a TV in her PC for the last ten years or so.  I started with an old ATI "all in wonder" AGP card and never looked back. right now she's got a nVidia PCI-E with a seperate ($79) ATI "TV wonder" card in a standard PCI slot. works like a charm. the nVidia card drives two monitors, and the TV can display "full screen" on either monitor while you surf the net on the other.  very slick.

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meanwhile downstairs I've got a 32 inch LCD-HDTV in the family room with a VGA input.
add a PC with wireless keyboard/mouse and you don't even NEED a monitor.  heh.

(make it a "gaming PC" and you don't need an Xbox. bwahaha!)
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