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Question External Monitor 10v? - 06-14-2010, 05:36 AM

I'm having trouble finding a suitable monitor for my 10v to use. I was thinking of using a TV set as a monitor and mounting it on my wall. Not sure if that's a good idea or not, post your opinion as to why or why not.

I'm on SL 10.6.3 Also, what is the highest supported resolution on a SL 10v?

If anyone could recommend a TV/Computer monitor under $300 please do, thank you.
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Default 06-14-2010, 07:45 PM

Why a TV? Do you also want to use it as a TV? You'd need a VGA input and few inexpensive TVs have that. You can certainly get a 24" or so monitor with a VGA input, and then use a USB TV tuner to get TV signals.

You can ask OS X questions in the Mac OS section of the forum.


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Default 06-15-2010, 09:26 PM

I had never really looked into what a TV Tuner was but that seems to be a great solution, so long as it isn't unreasonable to use, it's not really choppy or anything right?

I believe the OS X question related to the hardware seeing as I don't want to buy a 30" monitor if my netbook won't support the highest possible resolution..
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Default 06-15-2010, 11:08 PM

You definitely won't be able to drive a 30" monitor with the 10v. I have no experience using TV tuners on Minis - you could ask in the 10v forum.


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Default 06-16-2010, 04:13 AM

I dunno about OSX, but my Linux Mini 9 (very similar to the 10v) can drive an external 1080p screen in addition to the onboard screen. 30in "monitors" tend to lack analog inputs and are usually higher resolution than 1080p. I expect they won't work optimally with a 9/10v, but a 30in "TV" should work (since it's gonna be 1080p or below).

But like I stated, I dunno about OSX.

As for watching TV, I'd recommend against relying on a TV tuner connected to the Mini. Performance might not be great. Instead, pay a couple bucks extra for a TV (instead of a simple monitor).

As for picking a screen, higher res TVs (1080p) should work better when used as a monitor, but that many pixels may be overkill, if only matched with a Mini.

There are also screens that straddle the line between TV and monitor, like the Samsung P2370HD. "Hybrid" TV/monitors have monitor features (high-resolution for their size, DVI and VGA inputs), but they also include TV tuners and other inputs, making them function as TVs as well. (I have the older, similar Samsung 2333HD).

Good luck.


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Default 06-24-2010, 05:19 AM

I've been using and old 15" tv/displayon os x and ut's really good to me if you have some money you can get a big tv and you're good to go


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