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how do I convert my old computer monitors into video security monitors

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by huggie, Nov 25, 2005.

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  1. huggie

    huggie Thread Starter

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    Hi Everybody...... Hope I am asking this question in the right forum... I have a couple of those little wireless CCTV security cameras. I now have them connected to two 5 inch B&W portable TV with video input and audio input connections. they are working pretty good only for the fact that they are only black and white video screens, the security cameras are color and I was trying to hook them up to two 13'' color computer monitors. Can these 13'' computer monitor be used for security monitors and if so how do I convert them?

    Thanks....Hope someone can help!
     
  2. loserOlimbs

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    Do you have a PC to run them through? Or do you just want to go from camera to Monitors?
     
  3. huggie

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    just from camera to monitor...
     
  4. x_saosin_x

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    do you have video inputs in the monitors?
     
  5. huggie

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    no,,,
     
  6. x_saosin_x

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    you could try asking electrical shops if they have any video/audio to montor crossover boxes,

    like the video/audio to scart boxes they have.

    duno how else it could work
     
  7. huggie

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    ok, I will have to ask around. I thought that maybe I could get a cable that would connect to the back of the computer monitor and it would accept the video input cable from my security camera and then view it on the computer monitor.

    Thanks for your help.....
     
  8. x_saosin_x

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    what inputs do you have on the back of the monitors, apart from the one that goes to a graphics card
     
  9. huggie

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    There are no video inputs on my computer monitors,just a power cable and a nine pin parrellel cable that connects to the CPU of a computer. I am just trying to recycle the monitors and use them as two seperate video monitors for my vide security system.
     
  10. x_saosin_x

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    connect to the cpu? u sure
     
  11. huggie

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    yes they are old computer monitors they have square connection that has (sorry I said 9 first) about 12 pins and it is about 3/4 inch long with two screws that connects to the video card of a computer.
     
  12. x_saosin_x

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    you said cpu, as in the central processing unit,

    and i said about the one the graphics card.

    well anyway have a look for a thing in an electronics shop.
     
  13. huggie

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    ok will do .....

    Thank again for your help....
     
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    But I think you will be horrified when you find out the cost of the conversion boxes, it's a complex thing to convert a VGA monitor to AV input...

    I suspect buying some cheap 14" color TV's with AV inputs may be the cheapest option?
     
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