May 29th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Need a little help
I rent Netflix for $7.99 a month and enjoy their movies but I have to sit in the dining room where my computer is to see them.
I have a second computer tower and I am wondering if there is a way that I can hook that tower up to my new 19 inch t.v. in another room?
Do I need special equipment and if so and if you tell me you need to show me or give me easy details.
I can reach either place with my dsl/phone line so hooking that in would not be a problem.
May 29th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Basically all you should need is the appropriate connection lead(s). It really just depends on the TV inputs and the computer outputs. I built a home theatre PC and hooked it up to my TV using an HDMI cable, and that works perfectly. However, HDMI is only likely to be found on the latest computer hardware, so it would be best if you can tell us what the PC graphics output is, and what input options you have on the TV and we can take it from there.
May 29th, 2011, 06:31 PM
For example, our 19" TV has a VGA input port and my laptop has a VGA output port. Hooked a simple VGA cable between the two and Bingo!, it works.
May 29th, 2011, 07:24 PM
I do this with my older computer using it's S-video output and the TV's S-video input. (audio is patched separately via stereo mini jack to dual RCA adapter cable)
Resolution is not as good as VGA or HDMI would be but it's the only option in my case and is satisfactory.
May 29th, 2011, 07:55 PM
The manual says
That I can hook it up with a VGA to the back of the t.v. or the other hookup you mentioned on the side.
Let's see, now if I hook to the back with the cord that came with my old tower won't that work? I am assuming, I know one should not assume, that I won't need speakers since the t.v has it's own?
But once I do that how do I select the netflix site and the movie I want to watch?
May 29th, 2011, 08:33 PM
using VGA you will need to patch the audio separately since VGA connection is video only. If the TV has audio in it will use it's own speakers. If it doesn't then you will need to use external speakers or you can plug it in to a stereo system etc.
You can use the old VGA to VGA cable that used to plug into the computer monitor. You will very likely have to play around with the desktop resolution to find one that best suits the television since some older computers/graphics cards don't necessarily set the best by default especially hooked up to a television.
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