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    I want to put a mini in my kitchen and attach to a monitor/tv like the Viewsonic. I have to use a cable box to watch TV. Would this work? Connect the output of cable box to TV, then connect computer to TV. Would I have to turn computer off when watching TV?

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    Yes that would work. You wouldn't need to turn off the computer because the TV is just on a different input. Kind of like if you have DVD player hooked up to the tv how you just go to a different Video input to watch the DVD
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    Are you talking about getting an LCD TV? If the TV you get doesn't have a VGA or DVI input then the picture quality will not be good enough to do much of anything with.

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    It looks like several of the Viewsonic TV's have video inputs for computers (like this http://www.viewsonic.com/products/de.../lcdtv/n1750w/ )
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    Are you talking about getting an LCD TV? If the TV you get doesn't have a VGA or DVI input then the picture quality will not be good enough to do much of anything with.
    We do this at church with powerpoint presentations to be put on the TV Screen in the front, for the sermon outline, music, and such. I always have a hard time pulling up the presentations from the desktop as the computer screen on the TV is so blurry and does not look right. It may be that we have to use a Computer to TV convertor and then an RF Modulator to hook up to the TV. And this is a PC we use. -- if you have to use a convertor to hook up to TV, do not mess with it. Just get a monitor that is capable of getting your cable input.

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