Hot TVs & Projectors How-Tos

How To: Program an RCA universal remote control

If you want to program an RCA universal remote control, you can follow this professional's advice. Make sure the batteries are in place, and turn on the device you want to control. On the top row of the remote control, there are buttons labeled with the names of different devices. Press the button for the device you want to program, and press ON/OFF button at the same time. The light under the ON/OFF button will light up indicating you are in program mode. Press the play button on the lower p...

How To: Turn a used TV into an oscilloscope

Leeann of Hierchiss explains how to turn a TV into an oscilloscope. Turn the TV on and make sure it works. First, unplug the power. Take the back off the television. Cut the four picture wires that attach to the circuit board. Strip the ends of the wires. Tape the remaining wires off to prevent short circuiting. Clamp the red and yellow wires and attach to a 1/4 inch jack which feeds into a tape player. Repeat the same process for the green and blue wires. Plug in the TV to make sure the conn...

How To: Watch TV on your PC

To watch TV on your PC you need a TV tuner. You have two choices. There are usb sticks and pci cards. The pci is an internal circuit board that goes inside your computer. The pci card is very easy to install. Literally just open the computer and pop it into an available pci slot. Then you will need to install the software that came with the usb stick or pci card. Next attach an antenna to the pci card or usb stick connector. You can scan for channels, save favorite programs, and setup recordi...

How To: Connect your laptop or PC to an LCD or Plasma TV

Have you ever wanted to play on your computer on your Plasma TV? If so, this is the video for you. This tutorial teaches you how to use the Plasma TV as your computer screen. With its simple instructions and detailed explanations, you will learn how to turn your Plasma TV into a giant computer screen. In addition, this video teaches you how to identify all of the equipment you will use to make your Plasma TV become a computer screen. By the end of this video, you will be able to experience th...

How To: Connect a laptop to a TV using an S-video cable

Have a laptop and a TV? Want to use your laptop on the bigger screen? Well, here's how. This video offers the viewers a detailed step by step explanation on how to connect their laptop to their TV and to use their TV as their new laptop screen. More specifically, this video offers the method for anyone with an S video cable and HDMI connection. The instructions are clear and precise, and viewers should have no problem connecting their devices after this.

How To: Hook up your computer to the TV

With a rather brief and obscure introduction, Brad teaches us how to hook up our computers and our laptops with a television. He starts us off by saying how this can help alleviate boredom when working out on a stationary bike. With a close up of the outlets in the back of the television, Brad shows us step-by-step how to do this process. The last few minutes he tries to humor us a bit by showing how it all works in the end.

How To: Use S-Video to view your computer screen on a TV

This video shows you how to easily use an S-Video cable to view you computer screen on a TV set. The first thing you have to do is buy an S-Video cable. Plug the 2 sides of the cable in TV and in PC or laptop. Turn your television to either AV1 or AV2. At this point, the computer screen should appear as well on TV as on the PC monitor or laptop monitor. Next, you can personalize your monitor or TV Resolution by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop and then clicking Personalize. In the poppe...

How To: Connect your personal computer to your digital TV

Have you ever wanted to watch content from your PC on your digital TV? This step-by-step guide makes it simple to understand and do. The video tells you exactly what you need in order to make this happen. You will need either a VGA connector cable or an HDMI cable, (if your PC supports it) or possibly a MINI to RCA audio cable. The video shows you the rest of the way and how to configure your TV and PC.

How To: Repair Samsung lcd TV power clicking problem

This five part series teaches you how to repair your Samsung LCD TV power clicking problem. This video is probably best to for TV experts or those fearless TV owner. This video walks you through the steps of giving your family entertainment center some at home surgery. The instructor with careful instructions and with your TV's safety in mind walks you through everything you need to know fix this pesky problem.

How To: Check a remote control's batteries by the IR sensor

Picture this: the infrared sensor on your TV is not working and you are blaming it on your remote control batteries. Well, to make sure exactly what is going on, try testing TV remote to be sure. To the naked eye, you might not be able to see the infrared light, so you could think it's dead, but try filming with your camera phone or digital camera, which could pick up the IR signal.

How To: Make a digital television antenna

Analog TV will stop all broadcasts on June 12, 2009. If you're not ready yet for the transfer from analog to digital, you bet get ready. You can buy a digital convertor box and a digital antenna for your analog television, you can but a digital antenna for your DTV-enable television, or you can save some money an build your own antenna! This video tutorial will show you how to make a digital television antenna with some coaxial cable, an empty coffee can, a hammer, a nail, and some duct tape ...

How To: Get ready for the digital television transfer

This four-part video tutorial is furnished by the (FCC) Federal Communications Commission shows you how to get ready for the digital television transfer. Is your television ready for digital? By February 17th, 2009 TV stations will stop broadcasting in analog and broadcast only in digital. Your TV needs to be ready so you can keep watching. Digital television, also known as DTV, is here, and after February 17th, TV stations will turn off their analog signal. The FCC wants to be sure you are r...

How To: Hook up a digital-to-analog converter box

Are you still watching television with an analog signal? If so, your TV may no longer work after February 17th, 2009. There is one easy fix to this problem though. There are many different kinds of convertor boxes out there, and the government is offering forty dollar coupons that you could use to get these digital-to-analog (DTV) converter boxes.

How To: Connect a digital converter box to an analog TV

This video tutorial from Consumer Reports will show you how to connect a digital converter box to an analog television. These are step-by-step instructions on how to connect your digital converter box, plus tips and troubleshooting to help you along the way. This DTV converter box is needed only if you do not connect to a cable box already, do not have a digital-ready television, and have an analog TV that connects to an antenna.

How To: Prepare for the switch to digital T.V.

Everyone's talking about the switch to digital broadcasting, but what does it mean for you, your TV, and your old rabbit-ear antenna? You will need a digital-to-analog converter box, a pay TV service or a TV with a built-in digital tuner. Tip: Government issued coupons for digital converters are available online at dtv2009.gov.

How To: Make an inexpensive 3D movie viewing station

Want a great, inexpensive, 3D movie experience in your bedroom (and have an aversion to the perennial red/blue anaglyphic glasses)? Sean Hellfritsch from Encyclopedia Pictura shows how to make the Vizard, a home 3-D viewing station. This podcast from Wired Magazine is a creative and whimsical hack with both modern and nostalgic technology perfect for watching a flip book style movie in 3D. The Vizard is a polarized stereoscopic display. It's not a red or cyan filter. LED has a natural polariz...

How To: Wire a coaxial plug

Coaxial cables are typically used for home video equipment, particularly TV AV (aerial and video) leads. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to wire a coaxial plug. The coax plug consists of a body, a pin, a collett, a braid, and a clamp.

How To: Fit a projected image onto a target surface

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to fit a projected image onto a target surface with Johnny Chung from Carnegie Mellon University. Typically, you'd need to use a screen to be directly in front of the projector and at a very specific orientation to get an undistorted image. What this tutorial is trying to accomplish is to place a screen at any location that is convenient and then calibrate the projector onto the target surface. This technique is used to automatically disco...

How To: Roll on Screen Goo for your projector screen

Never heard of Screen Goo by Goo Systems? Well, it's a projector screen paint that is perfect for the DIY (do-it-yourself) home theater guru. So, check out this video tutorial on how to apply Screen Goo for the perfect projector screen around. Movie watching has never been better with your digital projector. Who needs a TV when you have Screen Goo?

How To: Use Chief's RLT-1, the universal plasma TV wall mount

Chief's newest universal tilt mount, the RLT-1, can accommodate most sizes from 30" to 50" or up to 200lbs. This video tutorial will show you how to mount a plasma television using this great wall tilt mount. It even works with an LCD screen television. So do a little labor, pull out the remote, and kick your feet up on the table and watch some awesome on-the-wall TV action.