Old 12-29-07, 04:10 AM
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Hello all,
My old desktop PC is heading for the bin. Have a nice LCD screen with it and would like to put this in my garage as a tv. Whats the best way to set this up????
Old 12-29-07, 06:30 AM
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The monitor probably doesn't have a TV tuner in it, so you'll need some way of converting a cable or antenna signal to video. A cable box or VCR will work.

If the LCD has a composite video (yellow RCA) or S-Video inputs, connect the cable box or VCR to it and you're done.

If all it has is VGA connector, things get a little trickier. You need a source with red, green, and blue component RCA outputs. Each RCA cable will have to be soldered to a VGA connector, paying close attention to the pinouts. You'll only connect pins 1, 2, 3, to the center conductor of the RCA cables, and 6, 7, and 8 to the cable braids. Sometimes the green vid (pin 2) and HSYNC (pin 13) have to be jumpered before the monitor will sync, and sometimes Pin 5 (ground) wants to be connected to 6, 7, or 8.

My brother used a DVD player, an LCD screen from an old laptop (gutted), and a $25 garage-sale overhead projector to make a video projector. The picture is about 7 feet diagonal and it looks tremendous.

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