Turning Spare Monitor into a digital TV

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  1. ShaunC macrumors member

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    having recently bought a new macbook i have found myself with a spare LCD monitor.

    i want to turn it into a TV that recieves UK 'Freeview' without the aid of a computer

    what equipment would i need?

    i've looked on the web already but most are about american digital tv.. is that a different frequency etc



    The monitor i want to use is a Dell 17inch 1707FP model, it has inputs on the back for things like D-SUB and DVI-D.. but i have no idea what they mean

    help anyone?
     
  2. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    Just look for a freeview box which has an output that your monitor can input. I have a dell 2407 and used to use it with a sony freeview box (via composite) before I got my big tv! You'll also need some speakers and to hook them up if the monitor doesn't have them built in
     
  3. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah thats true
    what imput did you run to your dell?

    i presume its the same imput just a bigger screen

    and did you run your audio from the monitor or the freeview box itself?
     
  4. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    the freeview box had a scart output so I got one of these for separating scart into composite and then the audio. My dell monitor has a load of inputs so I just hooked the composite (the yellow connector) up, and then ran the audio straight into my hifi.
     
  5. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

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    i've got a set of speakers in the room already

    but there being ran through an airport express then a splitter to allow 5 of them to work together

    is there a chance that if i add another splitter or extra imput to the speakers or airport express it could overload it?
     
  6. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    no idea buddy!
     

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