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Is there such a thing as a consumer PC / TV device

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Angus, Feb 15, 2009.

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  1. Angus

    Angus Guest


    We have computers in our home plus a large screen TV. It would be
    great to be able to have a little keyboard and browse the internet on
    our large TV screen. How can this be achieved?

    If there was a low power, fanless PC I suppose I could simply connect
    to the TV screen and connect to the network? But I am hoping there
    are standard offerings. Eg some low power linux based system? But
    not really bothered about operating system.

    Anyone got any suggestions?

  2. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Sure, my RCA 61 DLP has a ethernet jack (RJ45) with a browser in it.
    I have the keyboard that lets me browse in a separate window if I
    wish while watching TV in another..
    It's kind of cool actually :) It uses IE or a look alike..

    I used it to register my TV"
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    Unless it's HDTV, you aren't going to be able to run a standard OS and
    applications; the resolution is too low.

    However, you could run something like WebTV (now MSN TV):
  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    No it wouldn't !

    The resolution of TVs is hopelessly inadequate for PC use.

  5. Guest

    Agreed with standard def TVs but works very well with HDTV as I've
    been doing this for 4 years but I am using a dedicated PC for the 50"
    DLP set. Its IS a little odd seeing a Windows desktop 42" wide the
    first time but pick a nice picture for it. Playing MPEG files across
    the network is also fine and does not require gigabit LAN though it is
    nice for moving large (3-15 GB) files more quickly than on a 10/100
    link. You might want to check out the folks at

    They are much more into this area.
    Check out this gadget

  6. Yes, but it depends on factors you have not told us.
    What type of "large screen TV" do you have?
    It might be large, but that means nothing. What's the resolution?,
    what inputs does it have? (e.g. VGA, HDMI, component, S-VIDEO,

    If you have a Wii you can use that, it can run an Opera based web
    browser. Not spectacular, but it works.
    Yep, plenty of options there. Tell us more first.

  7. Not these days.
    My 1366x768 pixel LCD TV works pretty well as a 2nd PC monitor. Not
    ideal of course, but it works fine.
    Try buying a large TV today that's not at least 1024x768, and without
    a suitable PC compatible input connection, it ain't easy.

    For the OP, it depends not only upon the resolution but the input
    methods available too.

  8. Fring

    Fring Guest

    The problem with regular TV's are the fonts. It's barely readable and
    like what the previous posters been saying unless you have an HDTV
    then its hopeless. If I were you I'll get myself a 22" LCD monitor
    which is cheap nowadays at $200 or so.
  9. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    for linux, a playstation2
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