Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Connect your PC to your TV

There is an alternative to enjoy your entertainment on the big screen: connect his computer to a TV . Handling even easier than the connectors on certain computers ( S-video port , audio output ... ) and all televisions ( SCART , RCA inputs ... ) market authorities.

1 . Your computer is suitable?

PC side, you should check that the graphics card has an S - video image , which is often true of the desktop , not laptop , and the sound card has RCA output ports or alternatively a mini-jack for audio connection . In the latest PC , HDMI and DVI ports can enjoy images in high definition only if connected to an LCD or plasma TVs equipped with these ports. The computer will also carry a media player that accepts video formats works that you wish to see.

 2 . The possibilities of the TV or AV amplifier

The ideal is to have a TV recently , a LCD or plasma, which includes digital HDMI ports and / or DVI . They can display video images of very good quality, high definition HDMI.
Otherwise , you must look if the TV has audio inputs ( red and white ), called RCA or RCA and one S- video ( yellow plug ) . These connections , the most common today , is arranged on the side, back or front. If this is not the case, it will go through the scart and purchase a suitable adapter , with one side the red and white RCA jacks and S - video and the other yellow Scart plug incorporating an inverter in / out " to restore a sense of video data transmission to the TV if necessary .
If you own an AV amp , it is better to go through it, its connections will generally be more complete than the TV and the potential for finer tuning . In return , it doubles the number of cables needed because the PC connection / amp / amp / TV !

Sabrent PC to TV Converter Box

3. The choice of connectors

It is dependent on the available ports on PCs and TVs. Can you from using the HDMI output of the computer , if television without it. The reverse is also true.
Then , depending on the location of the TV and computer . If both are in the same room , the wired option (HDMI , DVI , RCA and other SCART) remain the least expensive and easiest to implement . Caution , however both devices should be relatively close . The cable length defines their scarcity, but also the quality of audio and video.
If the PC and the TV are in different rooms , we must then turn to the transmitter audio / video frequency. The most common and cheapest are those that can connect via SCART or torque RCA / S- video.
The wireless transmitters dedicated to owners of televisions and computer equipped with HDMI or DVI are also available . An alternative which remains expensive ( over 500 € ) and binding . Operating, for traditional radio frequencies or Wi - Fi, the transmitter and the receiver HDMI / DVI should not be less than five meters so that the signal is optimal !

4. Connections

The first step is to unplug the PC and the TV industry and making connections audio and video . Then simply connect the cable pairs / output ports or taken . In principle , this operation does not pose a problem, cables and ports are most often identified by a color code .
Attention in the case of a TV without RCA and S - video requires a connection to a PC via a scart adapter , it must check the reverse of the latter is in position "in" to the TV . The connections made , the two devices can be connected again .

5 . Video settings : only on the PC

It suffices in principle to press the "AV " command of the latter. By default, if the remote has no button "AV ", press " zero " is assigned to the video channel . If the connections are correct, the PC monitor image appears on the TV screen in color or black and white ... .
Also be sure to check if the size of the TV screen is set to 4 / 3 ( traditional image ) or 16 / 9 (widescreen ) to proceed to set ad hoc on the PC .
Attention from this stage, the TV is now a single monitor . If necessary , only the color and sound will now resolve from it.

6. PC Settings

All video settings are done from the computer via the menus on the graphics card and sound card . To begin , open the configuration window display settings.
The screen of the PC ( 1) and the TV (2 ) are clearly visualized. Then you select the TV and check the option " extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor " and " use this device as primary monitor in time .
The display mode must be set to " 1024x768 " . A new settings click on "Advanced "allows you to configure the refresh rate of the screen! By default, the option proposed is often 75Hz , then it should change anything. If the software allows it , this setting will be brought to 50 Hz, 60 Hz or 70 Hz .
In the absence of ad hoc adjustments , it will always in the menu " Advanced " set the flicker , sharpness and contrast of the image position " Max .
The screen size will be selected by clicking on "Full Screen "to get a result close to the 4 / 3 television , or on " Keep proportions " that will not distort the image type 16 / 9 .
Germany Pal , Secam or PAL / SECAM in France, NTSC for the U.S. ... , the video devices are not all the same broadcast standard . It may be useful if the settings menu allows the video card , to make that choice of the standard distribution format for synchronizing the video card with the TV. You must click on the tab "Design" and in general for units sold in France , choose " France "or" SECAM "or " PAL / SECAM "to display color images on the TV . It may be necessary to update the drivers for its graphics card via the manufacturer's website to take advantage of this option.

PC To TV Video Converter

7 . Manipulation to do and undo every time !

Once these adjustments made , it is necessary to shut down and restart the computer and TV. It is possible that the image of " desktop " PC , implemented on the TV screen , a little fuzzy . No panic , this fault " erased " in principle , when a DVD movie or DviX is launched via a media player , it is still necessary that the recording is quality !

Beware, it is imperative to have memorized the different phases of this "assembly ", including video settings . Indeed , in order to reuse the PC as such, it will take each time granting remission to initial all the settings have been modified . While this manipulation with the habit takes just a few minutes, but choose to use a TV to watch movies from your PC can not be envisaged in the long term, and remains a backup solution .

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