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LCD TVs have come down in price, but not enough. If you have a cable box, than your tv tuner is in the that box, not in the tv, so then why buy a tv with a tuner you will never use? Believe it or not you can save almost $200 when you buy a computer monitor instead of a tv.

Step 1: Make Sure You Have All the Necessary Things

To start, make sure that your cable or satellite provider offers a cable box with DVI or HDMI output. Next, you need speakers. Any kind will do, but it needs to accept RCA audio cables (or digital, whatever kind of sound cable your cable box uses). I used a small sony stereo with a remote. If you picked a cable box with an HDMI output you will need an HDMI to DVI Cable (If your monitor has HDMI input you don't need that, but most do not).

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<p>Hi,</p><p>I just got a new box with HDMI out and a new LG monitor with HDMI in. When I hook it up the video comes in great but I can't get the volume to work. I tried plugging the box into another tv and the volume works fine. I tried changing the HDMI cable still with no luck. I know that HDMI should work for video and volume but doesn't in this case - any thoughts?</p>
Check whether your monitor has build in stereo speakers. If it doesnt, even if the hdmi carries sound, the monitor will not play it
What do I do then
<p>Get some external speakers. Your video source might have audio output jacks.</p><p>Or it might not. If you're using something like a Roku stick or a Chromecast, you will first have to plug it into an HDMI audio extractor. and then connect the audio output from that to your external speakers.</p><p>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9083VW8930&amp;nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&amp;cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Adapters+and+gender+changers-_-9SIA9083VW8930&amp;gclid=CNO8p-H9684CFQKsaQodjCYBYg&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds</p>
What to do if my Samsung 933 LCD (HDMI only) has no built in speakers? I don't even have a separate audio jack in my PS-2 to play audio through it ;__;
Cause my monitor doesn't have built in speakers
My old monitor is HDMI supported, doesn't have inbuilt speakers but I want to use it as a TV for my old PS-2. What should I do??
No audio<br>I have a hp 2009m monitor,i have connected it to directtv cable box without computer GREAT PICTURE ,but no audio..Is it possible use built in speakers? and if so how do i do that. ?
<p>If you don't have cable and want to get OTA signals through an antenna, you can get a DTV converter box. Be sure to get one that has HDMI output, and then you can connect that to your monitor. (You might need an adapter if your monitor only has DVI or VGA inputs. DVI &gt; VGA...HDMI = DVI plus audio.)</p>
I have a Samsung monitor and want to use it as only TV.... I have a tv card and other necessary things...but I have not UPS...In this case UPS is necessary or not??? Ans me plz...
<p>I have a Samsung LCD monitor, and it's very basic, it has Display, power port and it has tv port on the back side of this monitor but when I connect cable to this monitor -doesn't work. I would like to convert into a TV. Please suggest me how do I convert along with what are the requirement's need to have.?</p>
Some one help me please
My monitor doesn't have built in speakers but I have speakers hooked up to it but I can't here the sound of the tv shows
<p>i have a dvd player with a VGA ouput but my monitor keeps on giving me &quot;no sync available&quot; </p>
acer,model no.2387<br>i've tried but not work.help me.
with that hd receiver
<p>Hello,</p><p>I have a Samsung LCD monitor, and it's very basic, it has Display and power port on the back side of this monitor. I would like to convert into a TV. Please suggest me how do I convert along with what are the requirement's need to have.?<br></p>
if set top box didnt hvhdmi or vga port ????
<p>hi, I am not sure whether my monitor is HDCP or not. How to check this? it is an Acer monitor - X223W, 22&quot; wide screen.</p><p>Thank you</p>
Hi, I am using an aoc monitor as a tv for games but it keep turning off what can I do.
<p>Can I use a hdmi to vga cable?</p>
<p>Seems like you didn't get the response needed, but yes you should be able to use HDMI to VGA, granted you have the HDMI to VGA converter. HDMI and VGA are just versions of data transmission in a sense. You will still need an audio cable for sound though. There are tons of converters online and some that will come with slots for all components and digital. https://sewelldirect.com/articles/vga-to-hdmi.aspx</p>
Can i use rca to vga ? I use t220 syncmaster samsung. But it seems not working. I have tv converter too. I think the problem is in yhe cable! Can u pls help me? Thanks need asap response
<p>Dumb question here - can a DVD player be hooked up? Is Blue Ray an issue?</p>
<p>Yes a DVD player can be hooked up...Dvd players are usually set one way and only have video/audio out, in which you can hook it up to any display that recognizes Conponent or Digital </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>is there any displayer that just only displays what it is connected? I want small one, like a smartphone sized... and it doesn't have to have like menu button to control like sounds etc.. I just need to turn it on and off. :)</p>
Hi, I am looking to turn my dell monitor into a tv.without using cpu is that possible if yes than plz tell me how....
<p>i have something perfect for that you might be interested with. also <br>very affordable price. find me at https://www.pcnetworkph.weebly.com</p>
i need a simple way to use my acer x163w widescreen monitor as a tv that will connect to a DVD Player or something simple? Please can anybody help???
<p>i have something perfect for that you might be interested with. also very affordable price. find me at https://www.pcnetworkph.weebly.com</p>
<p>can i use i ball claro tv model no ctv 27 tuner with 27&quot; LED monitor to use as LED tV which monitor is suitable for it..?? pls suggest which one is the cheapest 27&quot;/32&quot;LED monitor </p>
Hi Atomic16, <br> <br>I need to make a TV setup for using a monitor. Give me the best configurations with brands which to opt so that my purpose is met. Will the LG 3D monitor suit ? Am in India .. please share your valuable opinion. <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Girish <br>girishta@gmail.com
Ok.I have this problem now. <br>I have a Cable box which has only SCART and Composite video outputs.It also has 2pin stereo output for the sound.I only want to get a clear picture.On my 24' lcd monitor i have 3 inputs.2 x hdmi and 1 x vga.What do you suggest for me?Can i use scart to vga cable to accomplish this or? <br>Thanks.
Would a simple Roku not be the best way?
Hi, I am looking to turn my dell monitor into a tv.without using cpu is that possible if yes than plz tell me how....
Yeah but theres a common misconception. Most HDTVs arent really &quot;HD&quot; without &quot;HD&quot; channels. A monitor still gives the better edge in this regard. Btw, I found this on eBay: LG 42&quot; LCD FHD starting at $500. Retails for $1400 brand new. <br> <br>Any thoughts on this? <br> <br>The link is: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110865879016?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&amp;_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_1979wt_1270
The best bet today is a HDTV with everything built in ready to go, shop around and you will be surprised at how low priced they are.
Agreed. Compare 42 inch LCD's - both monitors and HDTV's. I can buy a tv for ABOUT $2-300 cheaper.<br> <br> But, for those wishing to use what they already have, understandably, the person would only need to re-read this instructable, to know what they need. Basically, it comes down to needing an HD cable box, your LCD monitor, and something to use for speakers<br> <br> Cable box will have either, or most likely both, a DVI output and an HDMI output. Choose one to connect to your monitor, with the correct cable (and one that's also the correct length, of course). IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN HD CABLE BOX, you WILL need an HDTV decoder. FYI, I actually thought I'd give it a try, with my basic cable box, and ordered a component RCA-to-VGA cable. All I got was green. IN OTHER WORDS, there isn't a cable made that will convert a video signal to use with your monitor<br> <br> Speaker attachment will be via the RCA outputs on the cable box. RCA cables will attach directly to the speakers (if your cable box is amplified), or more likely to a receiver of some sort, which will then be connected to your speakers. This is where I would take advantage of today's technology, and attach a 5.1 or even a 7.1 surround receiver<br> <br> A good read - <a href="http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/254084-Connect-LCD-monitor-to-Digital-HD-Cable-box">http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/254084-Connect-LCD-monitor-to-Digital-HD-Cable-box</a>
&quot;FYI, I actually thought I'd give it a try, with my basic cable box, and ordered a component RCA-to-VGA cable. All I got was green. IN OTHER WORDS, there isn't a cable made that will convert a video signal to use with your monitor&quot;<br><br>I bought a YPbPr - Composite video cable to VGA and hooked up my cable box and LCD monitor together and got the green screen you spoke of but then I went into the monitor settings and changed the color format option to YPbPr and the colors then displayed the way it should. So far my LCD monitor has been working with my cable box this way for a couple of months.<br>Only thing is your monitor has to have that option in the color format section for YPbPr, I know some monitors do not have that feature.<br>This is the cable I bought:<br>http://www.ebay.com/itm/6FT-1-5m-HD15-VGA-3-RCA-COMPONENT-CABLE-HDTV-B91-/320682187186?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item4aaa25d9b2<br>It cost me $1.00
hi<br>i bought same cable but i can not got display on my lcd moniter.please tell me how to set resolutions.do i need to attach a computer.please.thanks<br>

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