How to Convert an LCD Computer Monitor to a TV

An LCD computer monitor uses the exact same video display as an LCD TV set. So if you have a monitor you're not using, it can be converted into an HDTV. If your monitor and cable or satellite TV receiver can be connected through one type of video cable, that's all you need for the picture. If they don't, you can still connect them with a TV tuner box that will work as a cable adapter. You will also need speakers for the TV sound.

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See if your cable or satellite receiver box has a DVI or HDMI output port. A DVI port uses a multi-pin rectangular connector with screws, similar to VGA. HDMI uses a very thin, trapezoid-like connector. Connect the TV box to the monitor with one of these cable connections; HDMI is best.

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Look over the input ports on the LCD computer monitor if the TV box has none of the above outputs. If the monitor has an S-Video (the rounded, five-pin connector) or a composite video (yellow RCA-style port) input, connect it to the TV box with one of these cables.

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Purchase a TV tuner box for the monitor if it won't connect directly to the cable/satellite box. Connect this tuner to the TV box's output. An S-Video connection is best, but you might have to settle for an RCA composite (yellow, white and red plugs) or RF coaxial (the thick, black, twist-in-place cable) connection.

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Attach the tuner box to the monitor. This will require the same VGA or DVI cable you would use to connect the monitor to a computer.

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Connect the TV's audio output to a set of speakers using RCA audio cables (red and white plugs only). Connect them through the TV tuner if it has audio output ports. Otherwise, connect the speakers directly to the cable/satellite box.

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Turn on all devices. Use the TV tuner's remote control to select its input source for the cable connection (S-Video, composite, etc.) you're using. Use the cable/satellite box's remote control to change TV channels.

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