Did you just buy a new computer and get a free monitor with it? What to do with an old monitor? You could run your new computer with dual monitors for super geek experience or if you have cable TV you might be able to use the old monitor as a TV.
Using a Computer Monitor as a TV is possible but you may run into a few issues that you will have to work out. We'll cover the know issues first and try to see if you have the right equipment to do it.
Start by connecting the HDMI cable from your Cable Box to the Monitor. HDMI cables can be found at just about any electronics store or on-line. Just make sure you buy them long to reach your monitor. A 6FT. HDMI Cable
Before we work on the Audio system, we should test our set up to make sure you can see the TV picture on your monitor. Turn on both the monitor and your cable box. Most Monitors will self-detect the inputs and select the one with the signal. You may need to use the Menu feature of your monitor to manually select the input if you don't get a picture. If you still don't have a picture, don't panicâ¦you may need to tell your cable box to use the HDMI output. See the manual for the version of your cable box that you have.
I have not experienced too many issues getting the monitor to accept the tv signal in, most use auto-detect.
It is now time to power up your home theater system, monitor, and cable box and you're good to go.
One drawback that I've run into is that most Computer Monitors do not have a remote controls to turn them on or off. You will have to do it by hand, not a huge problem but one none-the-less. One workaround is if your home theater or cable box has a switched AC output. Look for AC plug on the back of the unit, it will look like a wall outlet, only there will be only 1.
Have fun recycling that old computer monitor.