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Classic Computer Users & Classic TV Sets

Viewing Standards  

19 members have voted

  1. 1. Do you own an old CRT monitor?

    • YES
      16
    • NO
      3
    • OTHER - N/A
      0
  2. 2. If you answered YES to question number one, do you use it for your classic computer or gaming unit?

    • YES
      13
    • NO
      2
    • Other - N/A
      1
    • Answered NO to question number one
      3
  3. 3. If you answered YES to question number one, how big is the display?

    • Under 15 inches
      6
    • Over 15 inches, but less that 25 inches
      7
    • Over 25 inches
      2
    • Other - N/A
      1
    • Answered NO to question number one
      3
  4. 4. If you answered NO to question number one, do you use a dedicated monitor?

    • YES
      4
    • NO
      2
    • Other - N/A
      0
    • Answered YES to question number one
      13
  5. 5. If you answered NO to question number one, do your use a modern flat screen TV?

    • YES
      5
    • NO
      2
    • Other - N/A
      1
    • Answered YES to question number one
      11
  6. 6. If you answered YES to question number five, how big is the screen?

    • Under 15 inches
      3
    • 15 inches and over, but less than 30 inches
      5
    • Over 30 inches but less than 40 inches
      2
    • Over 40 inches but less than 50 inches
      6
    • 50 inches and over
      3
  7. 7. What method do you display method do you use on your TV or monitor>

    • RF input
      1
    • Composite Input
      9
    • RGB Input
      3
    • S-Video connector
      2
    • HDMI input
      1
    • Other
      3


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Many of us here are into Classic computers and game machines, so many of us so-called "old farts" remember the pre-PC days when our TV's were our only monitors. You remember the old sets, big, heavy and expensive. A lot has changed since then, television sets are now relatively cheap and no longer heavy, but the screens are HUGE.

 

This poll is to gauge the status of the community when it comes to viewing our classic equipment...

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Most of my machine have their decicaced monitor, so in general I use it. It's pretty much needed for the Amstrad CPC as the power supply is built into the monitor. I have the dislplay for my Atari STe and for my Exlevision EXL100.

 

I have a display for my Thomson TO7 and TO8 but since those come with a standard SCART cable I can easily plug them on a TV, either CRT or LCD depending on where I wanna play.

I do'nt have a dedicaced display for the Atari 8 bits but I doubt any was sold here, so it's on the TV using the original (but probably ugly) PAL to RGB converter sold with it.

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My Amiga is using the rgb converter to connect via rca video out to a digital tv with the same input.

 

My TI is connected to an old school boob tube tv via rca video. My win 98 machine is connected to an old school vga crt.

 

I ordered an analog rgb to vga for the Amiga. Once that arrives I'll connect the TI and Amiga to my digital tv also shared with my main pc via hdmi. I'll access my win 98 via rdp or vnc to remove the monitor.

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Your results for the following question might be skewed because there's no way for people who answered Yes to Q1 ('no' to Q5) to opt out of it:

 

"If you answered YES to question number five, how big is the screen?"

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Yes, I totally messed worth that poke because even though I said yes to number 1 I have other yeses that contradict it because multiple systems, multiple screen setups. It should have just been a list of the screen types (check all that apply) and then screen size questions etc..

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The option to check "original CRT monitor" would have been useful as well. I automatically assumed that it was the question, but question 3 give it up, because no BITD monitor was ever bigger than 15 inches. Atari, Amiga, Amstrad, Thomson, etc... alll used 25cm tubes.

 

There is a kind of mix up as well, since the title says "classic TV" but the question is "If you answered NO to question number one, do your use a modern flat screen TV".

And to me, a monitor is a display with no RF TV input, so the question oddly exclude classic TVs used as "monitors" which is probably the option most people use.

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