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hi,
just a small question.
if i buy a 2d/3d graphics card (such as a matrox millenium agp (i think thats the one with tv-out) or Pure3d II (voodoo2))
and link it up to the tv through the tv-out port, will i be able to use windows while it is linked up to the tv, and watch it on the tv.  I ask becuase there are some video files that look ok in fullscreen mode (realvideo) which i want to record on to a video (using the video recorder linked to the tv).
ok...
and if i cant afford these expensive cards (the two i mentioned) is there a card which doesnt accelerate graphics or anything but just links computer to tv? i mean like one which would be alot cheaper than buying a whole new graphics card.

thanks alot.
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Yes to both of your questions.  The TV screen can be resized to a small portion of your screen while you work with other Windows apps.  And, yes, there are several TV cards on the market in the $99 range to perform the TV-to-PC function.
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ok...
so if i have a realvideo file which i can view fullscreen on a normal monitor, i can view is in the same proportions on a tv?
is windows full-size proportions too?
is there a suitable card made by Trust?
is there much difference between the tv performance of cards with a puter-tv capability.
id appreciate it if you could answer these questions :)  
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by:mka2000
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Depending on the quality and design of the card that you use you may be able to view windows and it's applications.  However many of the less expensive PC to TV cards only run at 640 x 480 resolution and at 256 colors.  

I run an ATI all in wonder card that is both my video card and my TV tuner card and after playing around with some of the settings it seems to work fine at 800 X 600 on the tv.  The reason for the problems is that TV runs at a much lower resolution.  Forgive me I don't have the exact resolution handy but it is around 330 something x 280 or so.  

You can also get external PC to TV converters.  That saves the hassel of replacing video cards, etc, but again you need to look at the specs and see if it will do what you need it to do.

Hope that helps
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thanks for your help :)
i dont suppose you have any realvideo files (as in 90-200k resolution ones), but if you id be interested to know what results you got when running them fullscreen on a tv.
ive searched around and found a card at:
http://www.trust.com/prodinfo/prodinfo.asp?artnr=08340&geenkop=1
which is not a graphics card (id prefer it wasnt a combi)
could you tell me what resolutions id be able to use on a tv with a fullscreen realvideo file?
oh and by the way different resolutions dont seem to affect the realvideo file (in fullscreen)but 256 colour mode does make it grainyer only when it is in a window though.
one more question, does it matar how big the tv is?
will it always be in the same proportions (ie if the tv screen was twise as big as the monitor?

thanks a
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