When replacing a broken television or adding an additional unit to your home, you can avoid the cost of purchasing a new device by utilising a flat-screen computer monitor instead. The difference between a LCD computer screen and a TV is primarily the tuner. By purchasing an external tuner, you will save money as well as help reduce electronic waste. It is both a cost reducing and an environmentally friendly solution to the problem.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Digital TV tuner
- Surge protector
Purchase a TV tuner designed for computer monitors. Ensure that the tuner is a digital tuner and not analogue. The package should state digital TV tuner.
Set the monitor up in an area with enough room for the tuner, external speakers and your cable or satellite box.
Attach the cable, satellite or antenna to the TV tuner. The broadcast device connects to the tuner and the tuner connects to the monitor.
Connect the tuner to the monitor via the appropriate connection. Examples include S-video, coaxial or RCA. The instructions provided with the tuner will clearly state which connection is best for that tuner. Most flat-screen units will have an S-video connection. This will be the most likely choice. Use the cable provided with the tuner.
Connect external speakers to the monitor using the audio ports or an RCA cable. The connection will depend on the speakers. Most audio inputs are colour-coded. For example, insert the red plug into the port with red labelling.
Plug everything into electrical sockets or a surge protector. This includes the monitor, tuner and broadcast device. Turn on all the devices.
Set the tuner to the appropriate channel. In most cases, this will be channel 3 or 4 depending on your cable or satellite provider. If you are unsure, try one of these two channels.
Tips and warnings
- If you have difficulties, check all the components to make sure they are on and receiving power. Check all the connections to make sure they are well seated into the ports.
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