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Since a computer outputs information totally differently to a DVD or
Video, you will require a special converter box. Normally this would
simply be a case of getting a converter patch-lead and plugging it in,
however the Apple LCD monitors are all 'DVI' (Digital Video Interface)
devices which require a digital signal to display information. This
means that most patch-lead systems will not work.
In the light of this, the only system that is viable is a Video/DVD ->
Box -> Monitor system. Unfortunately, they all output a 'VGA'
However, there are VGA to DVI converters available. Since you are not
piggy-backing cables, they can be used with the box systems. While
they will not provide the same quality as a true digital signal, they
will give you an acceptable viewing experience.
After doing some searching I found a box that would take various
inputs, including Playstation, DVD and Video and output them to a
[ http://www.gamars.com.tw/E-Zi-San/E-html/e-product-mv888.html ]
This is the Gamaars MV-888 V-BOX (Or The V-Box for short)
Supports Composite Video, S-Video and VGA Input (Most standards used
Outputs to VGA MONITOR -- Note, you might need to get an extra
There is a review of the V-Box here:
[ http://computertimes.asia1.com.sg/v20010822/revw04.shtml ]
Another product is the SMARTv Box:
[ http://www.amegroup.com.au/tvbox.html ]
This allows you to view TV on an LCD monitor without needing to turn
on the PC. However, it specifies a Component Video input, and I
strongly suspect the Apple product is a DVi interface. However, it is
worth checking out, just in case. I could not find a review of this
You can buy these, or very similar products at these places (Various
locations around the world, hopefully there should be one near you):
[ http://www3.goldenshop.com.hk/AI-trad/pc/m_vgabox.htm ]
[ http://www.kanection.co.uk/page5.htm ]
They typically cost around $50
Now, since these products all output to a VGA signal, you need a VGA
to DVI signal converter. This will transfer the normal CRT monitor
signal to a special Digital signal that can be understood by your
There are several different products, again I am supplying links to
several so you can have a look at which you prefer. Prices range from
just $8 to over $70, depending on the features.
[ http://www.cablesgroup.com/view_spec.asp?partno=10441 ]
[ http://shop.store.yahoo.com/colorcase-store/vgatodviad24.html ]
[ http://www.si87.com/digital_cables/digitalcables.html ]
[ http://www.lindy.com/english/framesetkat.jsp?docId=44BDA ]
You need a system to convert from the DVD, Video or similar into a
computer video signal.
You need to convert from the analogue computer video signal to the
digital video signal the Apple LCD panel uses.
Google searches used:
TV on LCD
TV on Monitor
s-video to VGA
VGA to DVI converter
VGA to DVI
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