Can I use a regular analog TV as a monitor?

by on July 9, 2009

Q: How do I use a regular analog TV as a monitor for my computer? Is there a card that can be inserted into my computer to convert it?

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    If you mean a normal “Tube” tv, it’s possible, but the picture is going to look terrible. Normal tube TVs have a very low resolution. The pixels, or individual dots, on the screen are huge compared to a computer monitor, so you’re going to have a terrible time trying to read anything on the screen.

    I’ve tried it before, and it’s completely unusable. It can work for something like a simple power point or video playback, but you’ll still need a separate computer monitor hooked up just so you can read what’s on the screen.
    You’d be much better off taking somone’s old CRT monitor off craigslist for $5 and using that.

    If you insist on trying anyway, I’ll need to know what connections are available on the back of the TV. Such as S-Video, Composite or Component.

    S-Video: http://images.google.com/images?q=S-Video
    Composite: http://images.google.com/images?q=Composite
    Component: http://images.google.com/images?q=Component

    Does this help?