With technology, the possibilities of repurposing and assembling stuff are endless. Do not be quick to throw old devices into the bin.
Do you have an old LCD monitor lying around in the house? You will be surprised that it still works after a year of neglect. Read on to learn how to convert LCD monitor to TV without computer.
What You Need
Can I use monitor as TV screen? Yes. That’s one way to save money from buying a new one. And guess what? You can also turn cable TV to computer monitor.
In this tutorial, we will focus on converting your old LCD monitor into an inexpensive television. First, check if your LCD has the following features:
- The monitor must be HDCP compliant. HDCP stands for High Definition Content Protection.
- The monitor should have HDMI or DVI input. If it has a DVI input, look for adapters to convert it into HDMI.
- For quality viewing, choose a monitor that can display at least 720 pixels.
After making sure you got the right monitor, check with your cable provider if they offer a cable box with DVI or HDMI output. Then have external speakers with auxiliary input. Or if you have an HDMI input, use an adapter that can be used as an audio extractor. You will also need an HDMI cable.
How To Set It Up
Connect all your materials together. First, connect the cable feed into the cable box. Use the HDMI cable to connect the monitor’s HDMI input and the cable box’s HDMI output. Connect the speaker to the cable box. Remember, other monitors, cable boxes, and cables may vary in ways you can connect them.
After you have joined these together, the monitor should project a picture. If it doesn’t, the cable box is still trying to display a resolution fit for your monitor. Try to enter the HD setup mode and change the resolution.
After setup, you can mount your new TV on the wall and enjoy streaming.
TV Tuner Cards
If you got a few extra bucks, you could opt to buy a TV tuner card online. A TV tuner card allows laptops, computers, and monitors to receive television signals. A TV tuner card usually comes as a set of everything you need to turn your LCD monitor into a TV. IT contains a TV tuner, cables, and a remote.
The channels you get depends on how you access signal. A TV tuner card might not work well if you use a cable system. Know more about tv installations.
Wasn’t that easy? Get the right monitor, a speaker, a cable box, and cables. Connect them, and set up your display. Or use a TV tuner card. That’s just how to convert LCD monitor to TV without computer.
There are other things you can do with your old LCD monitor. Have it as a digital photo display, or a second monitor for your personal computer or laptop.
Also, your old but functional stuff may still be useful to those who are in need. Donate your LCD monitor to establishments with a good recycling program. Or if you need extra cash, why not sell it?