LCD Flat Panel TV & PC setup: VGA to DVI Question

Discussion in 'Technical Talk (Closed Forum)' started by BuckeyeChris, May 6, 2005.

  1. BuckeyeChris

    BuckeyeChris Icon/Supporter

    Apr 20, 2004
    Can I use a VGA to DVI adapter in the following setup/application?

    I am researching a 30" to 40" LCD flat panel TV for my employer that is going to be connected remotely to a PC (via cable locally and eventually via our network to two other remote locations). Mind you, I am not a techie/geek. I am in employee communications and our department wants to use this setup to pilot a program to broadcast important text/visual bulletins for our customer care department. Also, we want to be able to present PowerPoint slide shows and video with audio, like AVI/Windows Media files - - DVD presentations are not necessary but would be nice in the future. We already have the software in-house that's based on/uses Macromedia. We are not going to use this setup to broadcast commercial TV like DBS, cable or over the air signals.

    Our corporate office has running such a setup with one PC and a 37" Sharp Aquos TV with a VGA input. The problem is cost. This Sharp unit costs about $4K. I have found a Polaroid brand 37" LCD set for $2100 but it only has DVI input. We have about $6K tops to spend and we have to leave enough money for a vendor to come in and to the install, cabling, and possibly hire an electrician.

    Just about all LCD sets I've looked at have DVI inputs, but our PCs don't; they have VGA connectors. However, I have found a few LCDs that do have VGA connectors, so I could avoid the VGA to DVI adapter completely and recommend an LCD with a VGA input.

    I'm looking to hear what kind of drawbacks, if any, we could expect in this setup. Thanks!

    Follow-up Question: How many years of use could we anticipate if we went with a plasma screen? This unit will be on 8 - 12 hours a day, 5 days a week (not on weekends). We also would have the capability of running a screensaver during the day, but the image will be changing constantly so burn-in shouldn't be a probelm. Some of the LCD sets have a half life of 50,000 to 60,000 hours. In our setup, could we expect the same from a plasma but only operating for a measured time each day?
  2. JM Anthony

    JM Anthony Child of the 60's DBSTalk Gold Club

    Nov 16, 2003
    Chris, what you might want to look at is one of the Samsung DLPs. I've got one of the large size sets, but it has separate inputs for PC, DVI, S-Video, Components and I would expect their smaller sets to provide similar flexibility. Their web site should have the info. you need. These sets are very cool. You'll have a bulb to replace every few hundred hours, but that should be about it.

    Good luck! John

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