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    Using Computer as a TV

    Win XP, 256k Ram
    I am wondering if it is possible to use the computer monitor as a TV screen, when hooked to Cable TV. Does anyone know if this is possible, and if so, how would I find out how to do it? My computer technician does not know how.
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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    Yep - if I understand the question correctly! - products like the PV-100 TV-View Pro TV Tuner Box and WinTV-D are available.

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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    Some of the newer LCD screens support this out of the box without additional hardware, but they are far from cheap. For an existing CRT display, the answer is no, unless you follow Leif's suggestion in his reply. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    Thank you both for your replies. I will check out the links that Leif provided.
    Muchas Gracias,
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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    "Home Theatre PC News"

    http://htpcnews.com/

    Almost anything one would ever want to know about welding your computer system to your home theatre system <g>

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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    Thank you, Jim,
    I looked at the website you suggested. It looked awfully complex to me. But what words do I use to get the info that I particularly want? In a way that I can read it and understand? This looks pretty high-level skill to me. I did a search using "Using computer as a TV" under "Capture Cards", but nothing happened - either that or every single thing in there was about that - and I thought maybe I would have to register to be able to search. Did I select the correct forum?
    What would you suggest?
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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    They web site is a forum for hobbysists, so there is naturally a lot of information. It's a fairly big subject. Did you find their reviews ?

    Beyond that, your question is fairly borad. What sort of TV watching do you want to do with your computer? Just replace the TV, use the computer as a DVD player, or a video recorder? Home theatre? Tivo-like functionality?

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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    Hi, Jim,
    Sorry it is taking so long for replies - my computer is not in my home right now because of a burglary. It is difficult to leave the house unoccupied and not have it burglarized again, so....
    Anyway, I found the site, but still have not registered, which I presume I have to do in order to access the review. I am a little hesitant to register, because I don't want my email given out. I don't have much confidence in understanding what they are saying either, because it looked so technical. I have a slight brain injury because of a car accident. But if you think it is something I can really understand, I will do it. I am still not sure of what words to search for.
    I want to simply use the computer monitor as a TV set. I am planning to get cable TV, so I can watch movies as well as Spanish-learning programs. I don't know what Tivo-like functionality is. I am just trying to save the money of buying a TV set.
    Does that help you help me?
    Thank you very much, Jim
    Julia Henson

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    Re: Using Computer as a TV

    <hr>Hi, Jim,
    Sorry it is taking so long for replies - my computer is not in my home right now because of a burglary. It is difficult to leave the house unoccupied and not have it burglarized again, so....<hr>

    No problem, that's great thing about this kind of communications. You can wait until you have time to repsond.

    <hr>Anyway, I found the site, but still have not registered, which I presume I have to do in order to access the review. I am a little hesitant to register, because I don't want my email given out.<hr>

    What a lot of people do in this case is get an alternate email address from one of the free providers like hotmail or yahoo or google. That way you can keep your public address separate from your private mail.


    <hr>I don't have much confidence in understanding what they are saying either, <hr>

    Yeah, like when they get into the benefits of different kinds of mpeg decoders <g>. Well. they're hobbyists.


    <hr>I want to simply use the computer monitor as a TV set. I am planning to get cable TV, so I can watch movies as well as Spanish-learning programs<hr>

    Well, what you need in that case is a simple TV tuner. You can get one as a internal card, or an external USB device. That will let you view the TV signal in a window on your PC monitor. I have a Leadtek Winfast PVR Deluxe 2000. It was about $45.00.

    What I mean by Tivo functions is that you can record TV shows to a file on your hard disk (have plenty of hard disk space available), and you can pause and rewind. Most do this. Sounds like you don't have very exotic requirements , so probably any basci model will work for you, and you won't have to spring for the high-end models.

    Hope this helps.

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