Sharp produces a complete line of LCD TVs that produce a quality picture and offer many innovative features. Although many Sharp LCD models don’t offer the most cutting-edge technology, they generally provide the features that most users need and want. One such feature is the ability to use a Sharp LCD TV as an external monitor for a desktop or laptop computer. Regardless of the Sharp LCD TV model you own, connecting it to a PC and using it as a second monitor generally requires no more than the right cable and a few mouse clicks in Windows.
- Select the appropriate cable type for connecting the Sharp LCD TV to your PC. Depending on the Sharp model you own, the unit may have only one port type or it may have up to three port types you can use to connect the TV to a PC. Less expensive Sharp TVs may have only a VGA or DVI port for connecting to a computer. High-end Sharp models may have three different connector types: DVI, VGA and HDMI. Locate the video-out port on your PC and determine its type. If you have a higher-end PC, it may have an HDMI port that resembles a large USB port. Otherwise, it probably has a white DVI port or blue VGA connector. If the PC has an HDMI port, use it to connect the PC and Sharp LCD TV as it supports HDTV video and digital audio over a single cable connection. If the PC does not have an HDMI port, you must use either a DVI or a VGA cable. Like HDMI, DVI also supports HD video, but requires that you use a separate cable for audio. VGA is an analog-only connection type, does not support HDTV resolutions and requires a dedicated audio cable.
- Shut down the PC and power off the TV. Connect one end of the video cable to the DVI, HDMI or VGA video-out port on the PC, and connect the opposite end to the matching input port on the Sharp LCD TV. Note the port name on the TV used to connect to the PC — i.e. DVI1 or HDMI1.