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PB to TV or to External Monitor?
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LadyBlue
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Nov 28, 2004, 04:25 PM
 
Ok so apparently my mother tried to get me an early birthday gift. She got ahold of a Magnavox 20 inch lcd tv that can apparently double as a computer monitor.

I won't have the specs on the screen until I get ahold of it myself, but I'm trying to figure out what to do. I really don't need another tv.

What is the success rate of hooking up a pb to a tv that claims it can be a monitor? Anyone tried this?

If not, can anyone suggest a 20 inch lcd monitor for me? I would buy an apple one, but its a bit too expensive for me. Looking around the 300-400 mark.

thanks.
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Nov 28, 2004, 05:36 PM
 
I got a 12"PB G4 yesterday and it came with two adapters for video.

You can hook it up VGA like a standard monitor if the TV also is a standard monitor.

I doubt it has a DVI connection but if it does you could use that also with an included adapter.

There is supposed to be a third adapter that gives Composite or S-Video output.The TV will likely be able to accept either of these inputs also.

It depends on what you see when you get the thing but I am sure you will be able to connect to it either way.
     
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Nov 28, 2004, 06:01 PM
 
If its an lcd tv it will work fine, assuming you are ok with the paltry resolution tv's usually offer.
     
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Nov 28, 2004, 07:47 PM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
If its an lcd tv it will work fine, assuming you are ok with the paltry resolution tv's usually offer.
thats what I was wondering the most. the tv would have lower resolution, wouldn't it?
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Nov 28, 2004, 08:02 PM
 
If it is a computer monitor and TV then it will have decent resolution for computer purposes but look fuzzy with TV reception.

If it is not a monitor too it should look OK for TV reception but look a little strange when displaying Computer signals.
If you have to use the Video signal capabilities of the PB then the quality should not be as good as if it were a Monitor also.

Computer monitors have to scan at a minimum of twice the frequency of standard TV.This gives them better resolution for computer signals.
Most computer TV tuners have poor picture quality.

You just have to see what how it is configured and then decide.
Or get the model number and go to Philips/Magnavox website and research it a little.
     
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Nov 28, 2004, 09:44 PM
 
it might have a higher resolution or it might not, you will have to check the spec sheet or tell us the model so we can.
     
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Dec 1, 2004, 04:25 AM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
it might have a higher resolution or it might not, you will have to check the spec sheet or tell us the model so we can.
I found the model finally. I think what the box says is different than what is actually listed or something.

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The problem is don't know how to compare it to a regular lcd monitor.
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Dec 1, 2004, 07:37 AM
 
Well, it seems to have better resolution than average TV displays, but with 1024 * 768 it still only compares to a smaller (about 15') computer monitor. As a comparison, that is what my 12' PB has. Plus it doesn't have digital input. You would need to use the S-video or the composite with adapter,
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Dec 1, 2004, 09:54 AM
 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...03039?v=glance
Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel LCD TV with Integrated TV Tuner

Color: Silver
Screen size: 20 inches
TV type: LCD
HDTV capable: No
Aspect ratio: 4:3
3:2 pulldown: No
Speaker wattage per channel: 2
Number of speakers: 2
Includes radio: No
Comb filter: No
Line doubling: No
Noise reduction: No
Signal type: NTSC
Black-level expansion: No
Channel labeling: No
Input labeling: No
Picture-in-picture (PIP): No
Remote control: Yes
VGA/SVGA input: Yes
Audio inputs: At least 1 stereo audio (left/right) RCA
Video inputs: 3
Digital video input: 0
Component video: 0
Composite video: 1
S-video: 1
RF: 0
Monitor: No (includes NTSC tuner)
Pixels: 1,024 x 768
Contrast ratio: 450:1
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Dot pitch: Information not available
Horizontal viewing angle: 150 degrees
Vertical viewing angle: 110 degrees
Response time: Information not available
Front AV jacks: No
Power supply: AC 120V, 60 Hz
In the box: TV, remote control, remote batteries, and a user's manual
     
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Dec 1, 2004, 09:57 AM
 
Have you ever heard don't bite the hand that feeds you or
"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"

If you don't want it you can send it to me!


It does have VGA input!
Plenty good for most work!


Originally posted by romeosc:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...03039?v=glance
Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel LCD TV with Integrated TV Tuner

Color: Silver
Screen size: 20 inches
TV type: LCD
HDTV capable: No
Aspect ratio: 4:3
3:2 pulldown: No
Speaker wattage per channel: 2
Number of speakers: 2
Includes radio: No
Comb filter: No
Line doubling: No
Noise reduction: No
Signal type: NTSC
Black-level expansion: No
Channel labeling: No
Input labeling: No
Picture-in-picture (PIP): No
Remote control: Yes
VGA/SVGA input: Yes
Audio inputs: At least 1 stereo audio (left/right) RCA
Video inputs: 3
Digital video input: 0
Component video: 0
Composite video: 1
S-video: 1
RF: 0
Monitor: No (includes NTSC tuner)
Pixels: 1,024 x 768
Contrast ratio: 450:1
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Dot pitch: Information not available
Horizontal viewing angle: 150 degrees
Vertical viewing angle: 110 degrees
Response time: Information not available
Front AV jacks: No
Power supply: AC 120V, 60 Hz
In the box: TV, remote control, remote batteries, and a user's manual
     
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Dec 1, 2004, 10:56 AM
 
Oh, and the cheapest you'll ever see a 20" LCD monitor (in the near future) is around $600 when the Dell 2001FP goes on a firesale. Otherwise most of them hover around $900 to $1200.
     
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Dec 1, 2004, 05:57 PM
 
oh okies. well thanks guys.
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