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Using MPEG-card to use a TV as a screen

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Are there a program to use the use the TV as PC-screen with a MPEG-card? Somebody told me there is, but i don't know the name...

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This is not a software problem but rather a hardware problem.  

If your MPEG card has NTSC or PAL output, you can pipe that directly into you video-in equipped TV.  Some have this output, others don't.  

If it does not then there is no software solution to this problem.
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The MPEG card has a TV-output for viewing movies on the TV, but can I use that to view the desktop, mirc +++ on the TV?
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If you mean can you have your PC desktop output via the MPEG card, the answer is no.  The MPEG card only generates video from the MPEG encoded input, generally from a DVD video disk.

If you want to display the PC screen on a TV, there are two solutions:

1) Get a VGA to NTSC/PAL converter.  There are several grades of these devices and the results you get are directly related to how much they cost.  The low cost one ~US$100 are relatively poor quality output but are useful for PowerPoint presentations etc. where the text is large.  The better ones, ~US$300 or more are much more sophisticated and actually capture the VGA frames in a buffer and resample them at the 30 fps rate needed for a standard TV signal.

2) Get a PC video card that supports a NTSC/PAL output.  There are several of these on the market.  
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Is it possible to MPEG-encode the PC desktop?
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