Place the monitor and the external TV tuner in the location where you will view the monitor/television.
If you recently purchased a new computer with a monitor, you may be wondering what to do with the old one. You could set up a dual monitor system or even donate the old monitor to charity. However, turning the old flat screen into a new television is also a practical alternative.
To convert your old monitor into a TV, you do not need a computer. All you need is an external TV tuner and a couple of cables. It is not difficult to convert the old monitor for use as a TV, and the task should take you less than an hour.
Things You'll Need
- Flat screen computer monitor
- Analog external TV tuner
- VGA Cable
- Computer speakers (if monitor does not have built in speakers)
- S-Video, Composite or R/F coaxial video cable
- RCA sound cable (red/white)
Connect the video output from the cable/satellite box to the external TV tuner's video input (use the S-Video, Composite or R/F coaxial video cable). Alternatively, you can connect the R/F coaxial cable connection directly to the external TV tuner's coaxial cable port.
Plug the red and white RCA cables into the audio output jacks of the cable/satellite box and the audio input jacks of the external TV tuner.
Plug the monitor's VGA cable into the external TV tuner's VGA output port.
Connect the cable from the monitor's built-in speakers into the external TV tuner's audio output jacks. If the monitor does not have built-in speakers, connect a pair of external multimedia speakers to the external TV tuner.
Plug in all devices into available electrical outlets. Power-on all the devices and use the remote control for the external TV tuner to select a video source. Use the remote control for the external TV tuner or the remote for the cable/satellite box to change channels on your new TV.
Tips & Warnings
- You can connect a VCR, DVD player or even video games to the analog external TV tuner and enjoy them on the newly converted monitor.
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