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Home theater into a computer monitor?

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Cheetashock, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Cheetashock

    Cheetashock New Member

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    I have two computer monitors:
    [*] 19 inch Main Monitor with DVI and VGA inputs
    [*] 16 inch Secondary Monitor with VGA, RF, and Composite inputs
    [/list] What I might want to hook up to the main monitor:
    [*] PC (With 1 DVI and 1 VGA output)
    [*] PS2
    [*] XBox (Original)
    [*] iPod Touch (I have a composite cable)
    [*] Gamecube
    [*] Maybe some HDMI devices in the future but I currently have none.
    [*] Maybe cable TV (only if easy/cheap)
    [/list] I only want to hook up my PC to my secondary monitor. I also have a component/composite switch if necessary.. . I would have all the audio go out to headphones or some speakers (I currently don't have any good speakers). Basically I am asking for help on how everything would hook up, or what I would have to purchase. If you have any questions, just ask.
     
  2. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
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    A real AVR with HDMI upconversion. Those are as low as $250 at the moment. Pioneer 1022 and Onkyo NR515.
     
  3. Cheetashock

    Cheetashock New Member

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    Is there a component to VGA converter box of some sort, or is that impossible?
     
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    Yes those... Cables Adapters Converters Exist. Cables only work if the "source" and monitor are the same resolution. An adapter is just something you stick on the cable. A converter(powered that you plug in the wall) takes the component signal and changes it to VGA. And it is extremely rare that a cable/adapter works. You'll most likely need a converter. And good luck searching Amazon/Ebay/NewEgg for a converter as you have to weed throught the "idiot sellers" that don't understand the difference. Add to that VGA>Component is much more common than Component>VGA...and before you ask, no...they don't work "both directions".
     

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