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Windows 7: Runnig my pc on a 32" tv

15 May 2010   #1
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 
Runnig my pc on a 32" tv

I know my GPU can easily handle doing this but what i wanted to know has anyone else tryed this before and does it look ok and are there any downsides to having a pc on such a big screen?


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15 May 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcgamer View Post
I know my GPU can eaily handle doing this but what i wanted to know has anyone else tryed this before and does it look ok and are there any downsides to having a pc on such a big screen?
When connecting your PC to a TV there are several things you have to consider.

TVs are designed to viewed from a distance whereas PC monitors (and thus Windows) is not designed to viewed from distance.

Your TV probably has a very low PPI (Pixel Per Inch) count.

A high PPI means that your screen doesn't become pixilated or blurry when you get close to it; for instance an average 22" monitor is full 1080p whereas the average 22" TV is only 480P.

Depending on how you connect your PC to your TV the edges of the screen may be cut off, this is most likely to happen if connecting using HDMI and sometimes using DVI, it generally doesn't happen when using VGA.

Your TV's resolution is likely 720p (I had a similar setup for my media PC in my bedroom); I found that best viewing position of a 32" TV with about 720p resolution is about 1.5-2.0Ms away (5-8 feet) with the Windows font size set to 125% of normal.

If you plan on using your PC connected to your TV as a media PC then you shouldn't have any problems, add in the odd bit of searching etc. still fine; but for anything that is heavily text based you'll find it either hard to read or annoying to navigate through (or both!).

I hope this is helpful and if you would like me to explain any of my points further or have any other questions please ask.

Oli
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15 May 2010   #3
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcgamer View Post
I know my GPU can eaily handle doing this but what i wanted to know has anyone else tryed this before and does it look ok and are there any downsides to having a pc on such a big screen?
When connecting your PC to a TV there are several things you have to consider.

TVs are designed to viewed from a distance whereas PC monitors (and thus Windows) is not designed to viewed from distance.

Your TV probably has a very low PPI (Pixel Per Inch) count.

A high PPI means that your screen doesn't become pixilated or blurry when you get close to it; for instance an average 22" monitor is full 1080p whereas the average 22" TV is only 480P.

Depending on how you connect your PC to your TV the edges of the screen may be cut off, this is most likely to happen if connecting using HDMI and sometimes using DVI, it generally doesn't happen when using VGA.

Your TV's resolution is likely 720p (I had a similar setup for my media PC in my bedroom); I found that best viewing position of a 32" TV with about 720p resolution is about 1.5-2.0Ms away (5-8 feet) with the Windows font size set to 125% of normal.

If you plan on using your PC connected to your TV as a media PC then you shouldn't have any problems, add in the odd bit of searching etc. still fine; but for anything that is heavily text based you'll find it either hard to read or annoying to navigate through (or both!).

I hope this is helpful and if you would like me to explain any of my points further or have any other questions please ask.

Oli
My TV is 1080P full HD and i would be connecting via HDMI so i would'nt think pixel ratio will be a problem really as its 1080P
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15 May 2010   #4
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Perhaps not, I would still have concerns about your TV cutting off the edges of the screen if you're using HDMI; from past expierience I find the safest option is to stick with VGA when connecting to a TV because your TV will usually be preconfigured to not cut any of the screen off because it knows it's a PC and not say a Bluray player where cutting the edges off doesn't make much of a difference.

Your TV may well not cut the edges off while using HDMI by default but it is quite likely it will, there may be an option to configure the TV safe area yourself but there is equal chance there won't be.

I think the easiest way to find out if any of this stuff applies to your setup is to jump straight in.

Report back with any problems and I'll do my best to help.

Oli
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15 May 2010   #5
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a Vizio 32" TV that is on the wall. I can mirror the image from my computer screen and it looks great!

Here is the downfall. My monitor screen can only handle 1680*1050 but my TV can handle higher. It will have issues if i have two different resolutions running them both at the same time. So if I have one turned on then i can have full resolution. If i have both of them on, then I have to match them or my monitor screen will wig out.

My Nvidia Gforce 9500 has DVI outputs then i am using adapters to convert it to HDMI and that is how i am connecting my TV and Monitor. I think the resolution output is fantastic.
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15 May 2010   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Give it a shot and figure it out. Thats how I learn things.

Also, you should (sometimes) be able to configure it as a second monitor.
However, as Osholt said, they are made to be viewed at a difference.

~Lordbob
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15 May 2010   #7
sergiogarcia9

 

I am currently using a 32" LCD tv as my monitor. Works perfectly without any problems. The text and pictures are nice and big, and easy to read/see. Doesn't get much better than a 32" monitor
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15 May 2010   #8
DanFriday

Windows 7 (64bit)
 
 

I just connected my computer to my 32" tv and everything looks great except the screen is cut off. I have to use the slide bar on bottom to view entire page. Is there any way to fix this? It's connected via the VGA and the Resolution is 1080 x 1024.
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15 May 2010   #9
sergiogarcia9

 

Danfriday; if you are using one of the wide skins here on the forum, try switching to another one of the normal ones
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16 May 2010   #10
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

thanks for all the replys i will give it ago just gota get a 3M HDMI cable on monday and i'll report back with how it looks when on the tv
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