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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject: BBC i-player on Wii Fit Reply with quote

Mrs W begged me for a Wii Fit consule/board/games for Christmas.

Having given up the gym in 2009 she noted a few friends had a Wii-Fit and thought it would be the answer to her desire for fitness and weight loss.

I was skeptical but the Game shop in Coventry had the complete Wii-Fit kit for a bargain 169.

And Mrs W is lovin' it, using it every day and working up a sweat on the step routines! That board thing is really Star Trek high tech, I'm impressed. The bowling game is good too!!

The surprise for me was the internet access. As we have wireless here it was easy to link/setup the Wii to the internet. Not checked out the other 'channels' yet but immendiately tried BBC iplayer, and wow! it's all there! and we can watch it on our 37" TV, picture quality quite adequate.

I've caught up with the last episode of Upstairs Downstairs and Mrs W just watched yesterday's Eastenders.

Does seem odd thet the Wii-Fit can turn you into a couch-potatao watching BBC programmes! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting John.

I've often wondered what you need for the wii fit thing. I don't play games so have never had a console or whatever. Do you have to have the whole lot in order to do the fitness thing?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen,

We bought the whole kit at Game for 169 but we saw PC World selling things separately, so I think you can buy, say, the console and hand control and be able to do jogging, bowling etc.

And the board is an add on for step exercises, yoga, and other aerobic exercises, but to buy all the bits separate will cost over 240 at PC World.

The board is high tech, it weighs you, calculates BMI, your 'fitness age', just keeps a record of all your daily sessions.

You need a digital TV of course, with either a scart connection or the three coloured jacks.

The Game boxed set includes Wii-Sports AND Wii-Fit Plus, so lots of extras there, and with internet access there are some free downloads available of older games and new features etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can access iPlayer from any Wii, it doesn't need to be a Fit. We have a standard Wii which I've set up to interface with my WiFi router in order to make use of iPlayer and it's pretty good (assuming the connection is fast enough to avoid constant buffering!).

The slight negative I have with viewing iPlayer video output on TV displays - especially larger HDTV displays - is that the resolution is poor compared to that which would otherwise enjoy as "proper" HDTV. And, of course, the larger the HD display the more blocky is the resolution.

Today, we've been looking around at Freesat+ HD boxes with built-in iPlayer (I refuse to hand over my hard-earned cash to the Murdoch mafia for anything so for satellite it has to be Freesat) and several of the common brands now have iPlayer built in, which of course can then be recorded direct to the unit's HDD as well.

iPlayer has some way to go yet before it can be relied upon to deliver HD specification video consistently, but things are moving fast.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: BBC i-player on Wii Fit Reply with quote

John W wrote:
and Mrs W just watched yesterday's Eastenders.


Does the Wii come with a virtual Hangman's noose? I think you're going to need it after watching this coming week's Eastenders... Rolling Eyes


I don't have one either.. but would like one. I was talking to somebody who recently bought the new X Box version, and they say it's better than the Wii... quicker to use or something...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: BBC i-player on Wii Fit Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
I don't have one either.. but would like one. I was talking to somebody who recently bought the new X Box version, and they say it's better than the Wii... quicker to use or something...


The video decoding quality is slightly better, I've been told. It's still not brilliant (not even as good as normal standard definition TV) but still not bad.
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Helen,

We bought the whole kit at Game for 169 but we saw PC World selling things separately, so I think you can buy, say, the console and hand control and be able to do jogging, bowling etc.

And the board is an add on for step exercises, yoga, and other aerobic exercises, but to buy all the bits separate will cost over 240 at PC World.

The board is high tech, it weighs you, calculates BMI, your 'fitness age', just keeps a record of all your daily sessions.

You need a digital TV of course, with either a scart connection or the three coloured jacks.

The Game boxed set includes Wii-Sports AND Wii-Fit Plus, so lots of extras there, and with internet access there are some free downloads available of older games and new features etc.


Mmm.... seems an awful lot of kit and s just to do a few execises! I've bathroom scales that do the weighing so don't think I need the board. I don't need to diet (I'd go off scale for clothing sizes if I did!) but just want to get a bit fitter!

Don't want to play games at all so maybe I'll stick to the Rosemary Conley DVD as I know it works! It looks a bit grainy on the HD TV though.......

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Today, we've been looking around at Freesat+ HD boxes with built-in iPlayer (I refuse to hand over my hard-earned cash to the Murdoch mafia for anything so for satellite it has to be Freesat) and several of the common brands now have iPlayer built in, which of course can then be recorded direct to the unit's HDD as well.

iPlayer has some way to go yet before it can be relied upon to deliver HD specification video consistently, but things are moving fast.


I was suggesting that my Mum should get a freeview+ box as her video is just about broken, she needs a new TV as well.

Have you heard any reports on the Freeview+ boxes? I'm assuming they work pretty much the same way as the Sky+ does.

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Helen May wrote:
I was suggesting that my Mum should get a freeview+ box as her video is just about broken, she needs a new TV as well.

Have you heard any reports on the Freeview+ boxes? I'm assuming they work pretty much the same way as the Sky+ does.


Bear in mind the difference between Freeview+ and Freesat+. Freeview takes its input from digital terrestrial transmitters which require a carefully-aligned aerial pointing at the transmitter, whereas Freesat+ takes its input from satellite.

In answer to question, though, Freesat+ works in an identical way to Sky+ and uses almost identical technology, the only difference being that the user isn't locked into Sky and doesn't have to hand over blood money to the Murdoch clan each month.

The one downside of Freesat+ HD over Sky+HD satellite sources is that Sky offers a package of premium movie and sports channels as well as other stuff. Personally I don't care about any of those but sports and movie buffs probably will.

I prefer satellite to Freeview, largely because Freeview is very temperamental and relies on spot-on aerial alignment and a high signal power. Where I live here in MK Freeview is hopeless as we pull signals from Crown at Huntingdon, so sticking up a satellite dish is the easier option. Freeview is very much like DAB - flawed!!
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I prefer satellite to Freeview, largely because Freeview is very temperamental and relies on spot-on aerial alignment and a high signal power. Where I live here in MK Freeview is hopeless as we pull signals from Crown at Huntingdon, so sticking up a satellite dish is the easier option. Freeview is very much like DAB - flawed!!


We have freesat (HD) and freeview (HD) and don't have a problem with either, and we don't get it from a main (large) transmitter but a relay fed by other relays, and no carefully aligned aerial either (except for the SATELLITE dish). Freesat has the advantage of iplayer and more channels Very Happy
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We have freesat (HD) and freeview (HD) and don't have a problem with either, and we don't get it from a main (large) transmitter but a relay fed by other relays, and no carefully aligned aerial either (except for the SATELLITE dish). Freesat has the advantage of iplayer and more channels Very Happy


Yes, Freeview is very hit 'n miss. A bit like DAB really - it either works very well without a problem or it's a bit of a pain. My parents, who live on the north side of Plymouth, have very good Freeview reception, largely because they can almost see the transmitter up on North Hessary Tor on Dartmoor so it's line of sight. However, our Freeview reception is awful - people around us have had to have aerials mounted on high poles and meticulously aligned to get a decent signal.

It's been much easier for me (and my son at his house) to stick up a satellite dish, align it using a kit from Maplin, and then be done! We have a Freeview aerial in the loft but I don't bother with it any more.

Helen May wrote:
I've often wondered what you need for the wii fit thing. I don't play games so have never had a console or whatever. Do you have to have the whole lot in order to do the fitness thing?


Helen (just noticed the above) - you don't need Wii Fit to interface with iPlayer - all you need is the basic Wii console. Wii Fit is an accessory and has nothing to do with iPlayer's operation.

An increasing number of HDTVs, such as several in the Panasonic Viera range - come with iPlayer built-in, by the way. Obviously this needs to hook into a broadband router for connectivity, either via Cat5 cable or WiFi.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Helen May wrote:
I was suggesting that my Mum should get a freeview+ box as her video is just about broken, she needs a new TV as well.

Have you heard any reports on the Freeview+ boxes? I'm assuming they work pretty much the same way as the Sky+ does.


Bear in mind the difference between Freeview+ and Freesat+. Freeview takes its input from digital terrestrial transmitters which require a carefully-aligned aerial pointing at the transmitter, whereas Freesat+ takes its input from satellite.

In answer to question, though, Freesat+ works in an identical way to Sky+ and uses almost identical technology, the only difference being that the user isn't locked into Sky and doesn't have to hand over blood money to the Murdoch clan each month.


She has a a freeview box and has excellent reception with it so I can't see she wouldn't get the same with a freeview+ box or does that not follow? She's 80 so I need something simple as she isn't into technology and given that I'm 170 miles away I can't keep running round to sort it and any help will be given down the phone line!

She still has analogue until 2012 but wants a new set so want to get both sorted out soon for her.

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She has a a freeview box and has excellent reception with it so I can't see she wouldn't get the same with a freeview+ box or does that not follow? H



It should work just the same Very Happy
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Helen May wrote:

She has a a freeview box and has excellent reception with it so I can't see she wouldn't get the same with a freeview+ box or does that not follow?


Yes, she'll be OK. If reception stays as it is then it will be fine. The "+" just means that the decoder comes with added internal HDD storage, that's all.
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Helen May wrote:
She still has analogue until 2012 but wants a new set so want to get both sorted out soon for her.

H


Ask yourself if she needs HD if you are getting ready for 2012, some new TVs have it built in but it probably be a bit extra, some had it with built in FREESAT HD but seem to have chnaged to FREEVIEW HD, and does she need 1080p for the best quality for HD or Blu-Ray, possibly not be worth considering ? Will she notice ?
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Helen May wrote:
She still has analogue until 2012 but wants a new set so want to get both sorted out soon for her.

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Ask yourself if she needs HD if you are getting ready for 2012, some new TVs have it built in but it probably be a bit extra, some had it with built in FREESAT HD but seem to have chnaged to FREEVIEW HD, and does she need 1080p for the best quality for HD or Blu-Ray, possibly not be worth considering ? Will she notice ?


Let's be honest, many people who rushed out to buy "must have" HDTVs only to watch standard definition TV and video don't really know what they're looking at anyhow.

I was talking to a bloke in Costco the other day who said he absolutely "must have a 1080p display" but when I subtly quizzed about his reasoning he didn't know why! And he was only going to be watching SD television and video!

Btw - Panasonic will have more Freesat HD models this year (I've seen them already!) but others are, as you say, dropping back to Freeview. I'm not entirely sure what that indicates for the industry though. Something's up......
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I doubt she will need the HD but I don't think you can get a freeview+ box that isn't HD or am I wrong? Most of the TVs are HD ready though aren't they? It's getting something easy for her to record from that is the most important thing.

We have Sky+ and a DVD recorder so I'm not very knowledgeable on freeview. We had a very basic box about 9 years ago when they switched of the analogue Sky service and our receiver finally gave up the ghost!

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Helen May wrote:
No I doubt she will need the HD but I don't think you can get a freeview+ box that isn't HD or am I wrong? Most of the TVs are HD ready though aren't they? It's getting something easy for her to record from that is the most important thing.


She just needs a standard Freeview+, Helen. That's standard definition (not high definition) and has a built-in HDD record facility and EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). That's all she will need.

A Freeview+HD (or Freesat+HD) box will also record non-HD signals quite happily; it just uses a slightly different video encoding system. However, the user doesn't have to work about how it does it - it just does.

Anything that's HD in the Freeview line will be labeled "Freeview+HD". Oddly enough, we've been out to several stores today just having a look at the whole range and I'm now pretty familiar with what's available.
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Helen May wrote:
No I doubt she will need the HD but I don't think you can get a freeview+ box that isn't HD or am I wrong? Most of the TVs are HD ready though aren't they? It's getting something easy for her to record from that is the most important thing.

We have Sky+ and a DVD recorder so I'm not very knowledgeable on freeview. We had a very basic box about 9 years ago when they switched of the analogue Sky service and our receiver finally gave up the ghost!

H


You can get boxes that do Freeview + or Freview + HD take a look at this make to see the options (there are other makes available!)

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/product_intro.asp

She may just want the Freeview + and not bother with HD, many people are confused, and you can't blame them.

Some TVs are HD ready, which means they can show HD at 720p, or FULL HD which is the highest quality at 1080p. Some people will tell you you cant see the difference but if you can then HD is very good. Some come with freview built in some with Freeview HD built in.

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nod wrote:
Some TVs are HD ready, which means they can show HD at 720p, or FULL HD which is the highest quality at 1080p.


Depending on the nature of the input signal and the manner in which it's been compressed.
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I'm guessing that as long as it says freeview+ it will record?

Can I ask which brand of TV you bought nod? I've suggested she has freeview built in so if anything goes wrong with the box she will still get the programmes. I think she will want a 26" which aren't that common either, we have a 32" but I think that will be too big for her.

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If she's only going to watch standard definition TV rather than HD then I'd recommend avoiding a large display anyhow. My son has a 32" Samsung HDTV on which not only HD inputs look great but standard definition doesn't look too bad either.

HDTVs actually scale up (stretch up) the picture elements of standard definition TV and unless the unit itself is a very good brand the results can look horrible. I'd personally say that 32" is about right as a maximum in this context.
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No body's mentioned LED tv yet... or, 3D tv.. Laughing

I have a 50 inch Samsung HD tv with a Virgin supply and yes, the HD image is slightly better than the regular channel but I wouldn't lose any sleep about it if they removed it...
One thing's for sure, the next tv I buy will be the LED version.. I was sooo impressed with the picture quality. My Plasma is very nice - until you get within 5 feet of it and then you realise how good the CRT sets were...

The situation with modern tvs and their remote controls for old folks is frankly ridiculous! I cringe whenever I replace one of our CRT units for a new flat screen... they don't have a hope in hell of understanding how to use it.. Rolling Eyes
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SantaFefan wrote:
No body's mentioned LED tv yet...


That just describes the composition of the display panel (Light Emitting Diode)......

SantaFefan wrote:
...or, 3D tv.. Laughing


...... and that is technology that's in its infancy, and anybody buying it right now is mad!!!

SantaFefan wrote:
I have a 50 inch Samsung HD tv with a Virgin supply and yes, the HD image is slightly better than the regular channel but I wouldn't lose any sleep about it if they removed it...


My son-in-law and daughter have a 48" HDTV display and although it's great for good Blu-ray and also some of the better quality Sky HD channels it makes everything else (ie: standard definition TV) look horrible. Way too big.

SantaFefan wrote:
One thing's for sure, the next tv I buy will be the LED version.. I was sooo impressed with the picture quality.


OLED (Organic LED) is where it's at now!

SantaFefan wrote:
My Plasma is very nice - until you get within 5 feet of it and then you realise how good the CRT sets were...


I have a video editing and compression suite built around an Apple Mac and I capture/process a lot of standard definition video from analogue videotape formats. I use well set-up CRT broadcast quality video monitors for this as LEDs simply aren't good enough. You're right - a good CRT is much better for viewing SD pictures..... still.

SantaFefan wrote:
The situation with modern tvs and their remote controls for old folks is frankly ridiculous! I cringe whenever I replace one of our CRT units for a new flat screen... they don't have a hope in hell of understanding how to use it.. Rolling Eyes


Companies like Panasonic are now putting everything into the actual TV case. I've seen new HDTV displays in which there's not only the screen but also twin Freesat and even storage. You'll soon find an increasing number of TVs that will save programmes (video and audio) to built-in flash memory or SD cards or Blu-ray disc, thereby doing away with the need for any external devices at all (and no cable spaghetti round the back either!).

You'll also find that the more expensive brand name devices have better menu systems - if a piece of technology requires a degree in Rocket Science to work out, then it hasn't been designed properly.
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ColinB wrote:
SantaFefan wrote:
No body's mentioned LED tv yet...


That just describes the composition of the display panel (Light Emitting Diode)......

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I thought it's just the backlight to the LCD that is LED as opposed to OLED which is the display panel Rolling Eyes
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If she's only going to watch standard definition TV rather than HD then I'd recommend avoiding a large display anyhow. My son has a 32" Samsung HDTV on which not only HD inputs look great but standard definition doesn't look too bad either.

HDTVs actually scale up (stretch up) the picture elements of standard definition TV and unless the unit itself is a very good brand the results can look horrible. I'd personally say that 32" is about right as a maximum in this context.


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While we are talking TVs. Can I watch a downloaded programme from iPlayer on my TV?

It has PC monitor type sockets and ethernet socket so I was wondering which I'd need to hook the laptop into. I'm guessing the monitor one which needs a lead that I don't have. Sad

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I just wish the new handsets were designed to hide away all the unnecessary stuff.. under a flap or something like they used to.
In normal operation, we only need ON/OFF, volume and channel change don't we..

I've been re-siting my bedroom units on a specially built mantel over what was the fireplace opening ( now our Newf's hearth for sleeping!)

I've drilled holes underneath so all the wires go straight through the old firebreast, down the flue and under the new mantle so they are all concealed.. looks nice now but every time I go off to bed, I have to gather 4 remotes, decide what I want to watch - either FreeSat, Virgin or a DVD built into the Theatre system... then scratch my head to remember how to switch from one source to another.... in the dark!! usually, wrong buttons are pressed resulting me having switch lights on, thus annoying Mrs SFF trying to sleep..

It bugs me for example that if our Samsung TV is on, we only have to press play on the Panasonic DVD/Theatre unit and the picture changes automatically from TV to DVD.. but when you want to go back to TV, the "Source" button has be used on the TV remote to get it back there..

The HDMI cable idea is good but it doesn't always work...
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Helen May wrote:
While we are talking TVs. Can I watch a downloaded programme from iPlayer on my TV?

It has PC monitor type sockets and ethernet socket so I was wondering which I'd need to hook the laptop into. I'm guessing the monitor one which needs a lead that I don't have. Sad

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I don't know about TVs but my Freesat HD box has iplayer but won't download them to the HDD Rolling Eyes

I hope for a software upgrade for it.

(If anyone has a HUMAX T2 FREEVIEW STB did you know you can now download a software upgrade to make it a recorder (single channel) ?, you need an external HDD not USB stick)
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Sorry I don't think I explained well what I wanted to do. I've got it on the laptop but wanted to use the TV as a monitor and wondered which way you connect it? Sony TV instruction book is a bit vague.

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SanteFe I know what you mean about remotes......... We have Sony TV and DVD player so DVD remote works all the TV apart from if O/H has left the TV on the digi TV rather than Satellite (the text is faster on it than via satellite) so I've to get up and find the TV remote. We have 2 Sky remotes (height of lazyness I know Wink ) as well!

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Yes, it's all come a very long way from me as a little boy sitting on a mat in front of the coal fire when a foot would nudge me on the head " Turn it over boy" Laughing clunk clunk...
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nod wrote:
SD looks OK on our 40" it depends how far you plan to watch it from Very Happy

http://www.the-home-cinema-guide.com/tv-viewing-distance.html


I don't go with all that viewing distance stuff; there are too many variables to take into considerations such as quality of SD input, quality of upscaling, quality of the image processor, etc. It also depends hugely on the nature of the SD video source, of course.

The only thing that can result in a good display of SD on a large HD display is SD-HD upscaling. When you think that you're asking the system to interpolate 720x576 (4:3 or 16:9 anamorphic) to 1920x1080, you're entirely dependent on good processing. And when you consider that the average viewing distance in most people's homes isn't that much, it will nearly always result in impaired images.

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Sorry I don't think I explained well what I wanted to do. I've got it on the laptop but wanted to use the TV as a monitor and wondered which way you connect it? Sony TV instruction book is a bit vague.


If your TV has a VGA socket like mine does (this is the same type of monitor connection that most computers have) then you can simply go into the Monitor Configuration control panel and set it up as the main display or as a second display. Having done so you can then use it as you would a computer monitor. Don't forget you might still need to send your audio somewhere in order to be heard as well.

If your laptop (is it a Sony Vaio?) has an HDMI output then it's easy, of course.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it has VGA (I couldn't remember what it was called momentarily).

This monitor configuration panel is that on the laptop (it's an Acer)? I'll have to study again the TV instructions, but I think you just change it to PC from memory.

Would line out - line in work for the sound?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Sorry I don't think I explained well what I wanted to do. I've got it on the laptop but wanted to use the TV as a monitor and wondered which way you connect it? Sony TV instruction book is a bit vague.

H


have you got a model number for the TV ?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
This monitor configuration panel is that on the laptop (it's an Acer)? I'll have to study again the TV instructions, but I think you just change it to PC from memory.


If it has VGA like you say then this will selectable as an input. You'll prably still need to go into the laptop's Control Panel and then into Hardware and Sound to select the right monitor setting. I notice (on this Windows 7 netbook of my wife's that I'm using right now) that there's a setting to enable you to send its video out to a Projector via VGA. That would be the one to use (the output is the same). It depends on which version of Windows you're using, of course. It's not as easy on XP which I have on my laptop (I'm not at home at the moment).

[quote="Helen May"]Would line out - line in work for the sound? [/quote}

Most likely; the audio out is often at headphone level so the TV might not like it but you could send it to an audio amp etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Sony Bravia KDL 32W5710.

Audio has a line in L-R, a digital audio out and a USB

Just looking at section for using optional equipment.

There is a PC in which they say to use a PC cable with ferrites(?).

A LAN socket

and a CAM.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking in the handbook
ftp://ftp.vaio-link.com/pub/manuals/consumer/4136111111_W.pdf

its as ColinB says you can use the PC connection, assuming your laptop doesn't have HDMI, I wouldn't worry about the ferrites.

then choose the input PC as shown on p24. the audio looks like a 3.5mm plug.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I don't think we have a spare PC cable in the draw of redundant leads Rolling Eyes but will have a check!

Have numerous audio leads, will check which socket on PC, I think it will be the headphone one but there is another one besides the mic which is an input.

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