Toshiba 62HM95 : PC connection compatibility?

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  1. Alex Baxter

    Alex Baxter Auditioning

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    Hi all,

    My fraternity recently purchased a Toshiba 62HM95 (DLP) and have in general been very happy with its performance. However, we need to connect a PC to it (briefly at least) later in the year. In the owner's manual, there is a warning symbol four times or so on the different inputs saying "Note: never connect this TV to a personal Computer. This TV is not intended for use with a PC." The warning appears on the firewire and HDMI input pages specifically and once in general (not specifically on S-vid or composite).

    So my question is: do I believe the owner's manual? The guys down at Best Buy said that it shouldn't be a big deal, hooking in a PC for a little while. I called Toshiba and the rep was rather unhelpful, only suggesting it was a burn-in problem after I prompted him about it, saying that they have a seperate TV that is inteded for use as a monitor. I can't see how plugging a computer in to S-video is somehow different from having a gamecube plugged in there, and if we are careful about preventing burn-in, I don't know how there will be a problem.

    Am I missing something here? Or should I feel free to plug in a PC if I turn down my contrast and be sure not to leave a start menu there for hours on end?

    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  2. Jimi C

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    I thought DLP was immune to burn in? ITs just a series of tiny mirriors that move to reflect light through a spinning color wheel. I thought anyways. My DLP front projector has 2 VGA ins that are labled COmputer 1 and Computer 2.
     
  3. Alex Baxter

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    Unfortunately the model with actual VGA/DVI input was $500-800 more for the same size =. As a collorary, is it possible to change from VGA to HDMI with an adapter?
     
  4. Dick Knisely

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    Hmmm... you made me go look and my Panny plasma has a similar warning. Hadn't thought about it but what the heck is with that? PC has a DVI output and TV has an HDMI input -- just need the adapter to connect. Am I missing something, too, or are the manufacturers just being coy about what you can really do or?
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

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    Plasma sets are susceptible to burn-in, though newer ones aren't nearly as bad. DLP, LCD, and LCOS sets are not susceptible to burn in.
     

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