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Windows 7: Using TV as PC Monitor. Text is a little fuzzy.

25 Aug 2014   #1
arizonajack

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Using TV as PC Monitor. Text is a little fuzzy.

I wanted a monitor larger than my 22 inch Samsung but reasonably priced 23 inch or 24 inch monitors wouldn't have made much of a difference and a 27 inch monitor was more than I wanted to spend.

I had read lots of articles about using a TV as a PC monitor so I was forewarned about the text issue but went ahead anyway, figuring I could deal with it if it wasn't exactly perfect.

I bought a 32" LC 32LN5300 (IPS panel) and set it up.

And, of course, the text is not perfect but it's passable unless I'm sitting at the computer for long periods.

I used the Clear Type tuner with no improvement.

I'm wondering if there are any other methods of tweaking the text to make it sharper.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit and my video card is ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series.

Oh, I still have my old monitor running so the difference in text sharpness is rather obvious.


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26 Aug 2014   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

A better video card might help. Also, if your video card is capable, use the "native" resolution of the TV as that may help too.

Then again, it may just be the TV set. How does it do on regular TV?
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26 Aug 2014   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Text should be fine if the TV is a full HD model (1080p = 1920 X 1080). Even poorish integrated video cards on the MOBO should handle these resolutions.

Change the Font to another one is also an option.

Use also HDMI as input if it's on the TV (they all should have HDMI these days).

If the screen doesn't exactly line up you'll usually find most TV's have on the remote controller via the menu an "Auto Adjust" which "Squares" the picture up or corrects the aspect ratios.

Don't get conned into buying an expensive HDMI cable though --the amount of people making huge money on unnecessary expensive cables is really amazing these days.

I always remember what my Grandma told me years ago when I hated going to secondary School --

"The price of Education is Expensive --but the price of Ignorance is ASTRONOMICAL". -- Very true and I see it more and more these days --God rest her Soul.

Cheers
jimbo
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26 Aug 2014   #4
arizonajack

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
A better video card might help. Also, if your video card is capable, use the "native" resolution of the TV as that may help too.
Already using the native resolution.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Then again, it may just be the TV set. How does it do on regular TV?
I only have it hooked to the computer. Shows on network websites are fine. Youtube videos are fine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

Text should be fine if the TV is a full HD model (1080p = 1920 X 1080). Even poorish integrated video cards on the MOBO should handle these resolutions.

Change the Font to another one is also an option.
How do I do that?

And how do I determine what font I already have?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

Use also HDMI as input if it's on the TV.
Did that.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

If the screen doesn't exactly line up you'll usually find most TV's have on the remote controller via the menu an "Auto Adjust" which "Squares" the picture up or corrects the aspect ratios.
The screen lines up just right.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post

Don't get conned into buying an expensive HDMI cable though --the amount of people making huge money on unnecessary expensive cables is really amazing these days.
I've been around the block a few times. :-)

I got a pair of HDMI cables for about $7 from Amazon a while back. They do the job quite well.
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26 Aug 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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26 Aug 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

HDTV's make horrible pc monitors, I only use my 40" to watch movies or play games from my pc.
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26 Aug 2014   #7
arizonajack

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post

Yes, that's the one.
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26 Aug 2014   #8
arizonajack

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
HDTV's make horrible pc monitors, I only use my 40" to watch movies or play games from my pc.
It's not exactly horrible.

Other than the text issue, it does everything else fine.

And I sure do like the big screen.

But I'm running dual monitors now. The new TV side by side with the old monitor and there is a noticeable difference in the text sharpness.
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26 Aug 2014   #9
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

You have found out the hard way why 32" Computer monitors are about $1000 and 32 " HDTV are about $200. It is all about the resolution of the pixels up close. The TV is designed to be watched from a distance of at least 4 times the screen size and the monitor 12" to 30" inches away depending on your eyes. The pixels are huge on the TV in comparison with a monitor. Use the TV for what it is good at, watching vidoes and general browsing of pictures and You Tube. For letter writing etc. use your old monitor.There is no fix it is horses for courses and was what you were warned about.
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27 Aug 2014   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea you might of gotten a bit better picture with a vga connection but that t.v. does not show p.c. connections besides hdmi which is what I've always used with my 40" sony and I've not had any text issues with docs on it,
Of course it was in the 700 range in price and that was on sale from about 950.00
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