Question about iLO 3200 32 in. LCD Television
Unable to get a clear picture of my computer monitor with the TV. The people at Walmart told me it shouldnt be an issue but it is. Does anybody know what I should do?
I regularly connect my MacBook to my 50" LG through the VGA input (RGB input as it's called on the TV.) I use a VGA video adapter on the mini DVI output port, then use either 1024x768, 800x600, or 640x480 resolution (the only ones supported by the TV--others will work, but you have to find them by trial and error, which is a pain and not worth the trouble, in my hard experience.)
You can also use an HDMI adapter. The model of Mac you have, and video card if you have a tower system, will affect which is easier for you. I already had the VGA adapter for a monitor I used to use with the laptop, so I just went with it.
Now, the aspect ratio is wrong when I use it in 16x9 format as opposed to 4x3 format. The chipset I have is capable of correcting the display, but Mac OS 10.4 doesn't provide any means of adjusting it (I tried some 3rd party programs, but they only adjusted the resolution, not the pixel aspect ratio.) Hopefully Leopard fixes this, I don't know yet.
If you view videos from the Mac, the aspect ratio can be a problem. But if you use VLC instead of Quicktime, DVD Player, or RealPlayer then you can correct the aspect ratio (or you can pay the nuisance fee to Apple for Quicktime Pro.) In VLC, select the 1:1 aspect ratio to correct for the stretched screen.
Posted on Nov 14, 2007
Next time don't ask a guy at walmart about tv's he/she is capable of selling them to you... but probably not giving much info. usually they don't know much about electronics.. hence working at walmart in the first place.
Posted on Jul 09, 2007
I can help you if you have all the equipment. you go to system pref. then display then arrangement then click mirror displays.
Posted on Oct 03, 2010
I am having the same problem as above. I am using my plasma as a display for my mac and dell pc using the PC input (15 pin).
Plasma works great with my DVD player and with cable; however, when switching to the PC input I see my desktop but the color is red washed/blurred.
I've used the Plasma's and the Mac's color settings extensively. No luck. This must be something simple.
Posted on Jan 08, 2008
Use HDMI connection
Posted on Sep 03, 2015
I have not been able to get a thing to show on my TV monitor ("unusable signal").
I've got the correct adapter from my Apple Store (running Windows/Vista), and have tried both S and RCA into my TV, but neither works. I've gone into Display Settings and there appear to be 2 monitors, but I have no real choices in selecting the 2nd one.
Anybody been through this?
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
Don't use s-video.
Posted on Apr 07, 2008
I'm getting a fabulous picture be it via the VGA lead or the HDMI out of my new ASUS M2A-VM motherboard. This machine of mine is running with Vista however and I believe Vista was designed with this application - to a 16x9 format screen, in mind. Hv not tried doing the same with XP.
Posted on Oct 31, 2007
My albatron 20 inch tv has a line across the upper part of the screen. if first appeared while i was using it as a computer monitor. i no longer use it for my pc, yet i see this line while i'm watching regular tv programs. how do i resolve this issue. thx
Posted on Oct 07, 2007
I'd suggest using the VGA port on this display even if you have a DVI port on your video card. The VGA port on this display supports more resolutions. The display prefers 1280x1024 I believe, but my vidcard can force it to go 1360x768, which is closer to the display's native 1366x768.
Posted on Jun 19, 2007
I deal with these monitor/TV's often. The company I do Tech support for used to sell them with computers. Note: I said Used to, we recalled all of them due to the horrible Astar/KXD support and faulty power supplies, and the fact that they had a 20% failure rate after 3 months. When they work they look nice. Although these are incredibly finicky units when used as a monitor they must be set @ 800x600 resolution, If not on-screen text is very difficult to read, and if your graphics support it, diddling with smoothing also helps. Oh and by the way, When calling for support KXD told me the LTV-2001 VGA port is supposed to have been disabled due to some Intellectual Property infringement, So they are not supposed to be used as a monitor, the KXD guy said "I'm surprised you got it to work as a monitor at all!".
Posted on Jan 11, 2007
You should'nt really have a problem viewing your desktop,as mentioned in other solution; as long as your pc matches the tv resolution, as some lcd's may not take 1280 x 720 and also check refresh rate. If your tv has a dvi connection, purchase a vga to dvi lead, this gives as good a result a HDMI, which are not available on PC's.
Posted on Oct 25, 2006
I have an ilo 26in I got at the local walmart, I tried connecting my pc to the lcd panel using the svideo, I had a blurry image of the desktop, but then I tried playing video and the picture was fine, that worked for me since I only use it to play movies on the pc through the lcd. I've read that anything but video will be blurry on an lcd, don't know exactly why. and I've only used the svideo connector, if your using hdmi you should have the best possible connection, at that point try the display resolution settings to the left and right of default on your mac's setting, 1280 by 760 should be best for the tv.
Posted on Oct 25, 2006
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Compare internal and external TV tuners that are designed for use with computers. See if the tuner supports HD, DVI, component video, S-video, stereo, surround sound or other features you might like to use. Ensure that any internal devices will work with the expansion slots in your computer.
Purchase a regular TV tuner if your monitor has S-video, coaxial or RCA inputs. These can be seen at the back of the monitor. S-video should be clearly marked; coaxial is a large round port, and RCA inputs are typically smaller and brightly colored. If your monitor does not have these inputs, purchase a special TV tuner designed just for computer monitors. If you would like to use the tuner with your computer and monitor, choose an internal TV tuner. If you're using your computer monitor as a television on its own, select a stand-alone external tuner. Install the internal TV in your computer, if applicable.
Connect the TV tuner to the monitor with the proper cable. Select S-video as the connection option if both your tuner and monitor support it. Choose RCA component video as your next option. Use coaxial only if your monitor and tuner do not have the aforementioned connections. If your monitor has none of these connections, use a standard VGA cable to connect the tuner and monitor.
Connect the tuner's audio outputs to your monitor's speakers. If your monitor has no speakers directly attached, connect external speakers to the TV tuner. This can usually be achieved using regular audio or RCA cable.
Install an HD antenna high on a wall if you will be picking up free over-the-air television signals with your monitor. If you will be using satellite or cable TV with your monitor, simply plug the satellite or cable set top box into the tuner using RCA or coaxial cables. Then connect the tuner directly to the monitor.
Set your tuner to the channel you use to pick up television stations. If you receive free over-the-air television, this channel will be 3 or 4. If you have satellite or cable TV, this station is determined by your television service provider. Check the documentation that came with your system to determine which channel to set the tuner on. You will probably need to change channels using the satellite or cable box rather than the TV tuner.
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