How to use a 32" CRT as a computer monitor?
August 10, 2008 4:43 PM Subscribe
I want to be able to use my 32" television as a secondary computer monitor for games/movies. There are many tutorials for doing this on the internet but I'm having a heck of a time actually getting this to work. What am I doing wrong?
posted by Ziggy Zaga to technology (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Computer is relatively new, runs Windows XP SP2 and has an nVidia 7300 GS card with a VGA, DVI and 4-pin S-Video port. Newest video drivers (as of today) are installed.
Television is an unknown model Philips/Magnavox CRT monstrosity with several rows of composite ports and two (pretty sure, but not 100%) 4-pin S-Video ports. If I knew the model I could locate the manual or specifications but neither Philips nor Magnavox seem to have these CRT television sets listed on their sites anymore.
I went to the store and bought a 12' 4-pin S-Video cable. Hooked one end up to the video card, other end to the television. Messed around with the settings and configurators in the nVidia control panel.
I'm getting a signal on the TV, but unfortunately it is about as clear as watching scrambled porn. It's constantly fuzzy and doesn't display anything coherent. I know it's getting a signal from the computer since I can make out certain things depending on what's on my monitor ("hey, that looks like a nipple!") but it is absolutely unusable.
I am assuming that something, either the resolution, bit depth, or frequency is incorrect but the nVidia control panel does not make it easy to change any of these things. I'm pretty sure at one point I did find somewhere I could change the resolution but the lowest it would go is 800x600 and didn't seem to have any effect on the display.
If it matters, the control panel keeps referring to my TV as being an HDTV. It is not an HDTV.
Any suggestions? All the computer hardware I find seems to facilitate watching TV on your computer monitor, not the other way around. Furthermore I could not find any useful adapters or anything at Fry's; I couldn't even find a VGA-to-composite converter (yes, I was getting that desperate).
If you need any more information about the setup then please ask; I'd really like to be able to accomplish this task.