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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cable Question for LCD

I got a 32" Samsung LCD that I'm going to hang up in front of my computer desk and use as a monitor.

As I'm on Monoprice buying the wall mount today, I also want to get the right cable(s) and am hoping that someone can help.

The TV does accept a PC input, but I'm fairly sure that it's just an analog port. I'm thinking that what I need is a DVI to HDMI cable.

Can anyone confirm or provide another suggestion?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 03:39 PM
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VGA cable would work fine on that tv. Does your video card output vga and dvi?

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it's got outputs for VGA, DVI and S-Video....unfortunately no HDMI.

I can get a 10ft DVI to HDMI cable for real cheap on Monoprice, so I think I'm just going to go that route.

Do you know what the difference is between DVI and S-DVI?

It works with the normal cable and I think it actually looks pretty good, but I've gotta order a longer cable anyways so I might as well get the best one availble.

This is gonna be a cool ass monitor though.

- BigJason

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 04:25 AM
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is it a 1080p tv if not you may not like it for a monitor

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Yeah, it's got outputs for VGA, DVI and S-Video....unfortunately no HDMI.

I can get a 10ft DVI to HDMI cable for real cheap on Monoprice, so I think I'm just going to go that route.

Do you know what the difference is between DVI and S-DVI?

It works with the normal cable and I think it actually looks pretty good, but I've gotta order a longer cable anyways so I might as well get the best one availble.

This is gonna be a cool ass monitor though.

- BigJason

One issue I found with that hdmi adaptor - when used with a Dell laptop - the Dell didn't recognize an external monitor being hooked up to it and would not switch to external monitor mode. Is this a desktop you're doing this with? I'd think you'd be OK in that scenario.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, this is being used with my desktop, and I ordered a DVI to HDMI cable, so I shouldn't have to use an adaptor.

BMXERBRETT - Can you elaborate a little? I bought a 720i TV because I understood that they video card could only export up to 720i (DVI output is highest quality on my video card). I'm interested to hear why I might not be happy with this TV....I've got 30 days to return it.

Thanks.

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I'm sure your tv is 720P and not 720I correct? The reason you need at least 1080P is because when it comes time to read fine print on websites it will be very difficult to do so. Here is a decent forum topic that discusses it.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=248495

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 02:17 PM
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Also if your video card only supports up to a 720 resolution you might as well upgrade it also. You can get a pretty decent video card with HDMI output for about 100 bucks. It's all about how much money you want to spend on this setup.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 02:27 PM
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here's a nice 30" monitor. It's crazy expensive though. Notice the resolution?

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=222-7175

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info.

I've been using this for about a day now, and it's fantastic. I really only browse forums and go onto hotmail/facebook/mapquest, so I think that this 720P (my bad) is going to do just fine.

I got it for $360 out-the-door, and I think it'll be a nice upgrade from my 19" Acer LCD. I may look into upgrading the video card for an HMDI output...thanks for the tip.

I'll post a pic when I get it mounted and shit.

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Thanks for the info.

I've been using this for about a day now, and it's fantastic. I really only browse forums and go onto hotmail/facebook/mapquest, so I think that this 720P (my bad) is going to do just fine.

I got it for $360 out-the-door, and I think it'll be a nice upgrade from my 19" Acer LCD. I may look into upgrading the video card for an HMDI output...thanks for the tip.

I'll post a pic when I get it mounted and shit.

- BigJason
How is it when it comes to reading print on the forums and what not?

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I run my htpc on a Sony 42 720p and can read everything just fine.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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As clear as I can possibly imagine it being.

I don't notice any issue at all with resolution, but I'm hoping that using the DVI (ditgital) out will be even better than the VGA (analog) cable that I'm using now.

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