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Bear with me here for a minute as this is my plan.
Buying a 24†LCD computer monitor with a 1920X1200 native resolution with HDMI and DVI inputs while using it as both a HDTV/regular satellite tv and a computer monitor.
I am uncertain of a few things though,


One, will I need a tv tuner card for the monitor to display the HD/satellite signal from the HD satellite receiver via HDMI cable?


Two, if the monitor has no speakers and I am using a HD satellite receiver via HDMI output, can I get at least a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to be outputted from the receiver via the TOSLINK output so I can get SOME sound from my normal H/T receiver?

THX for any help at all in this area as I know nothing on how this really works.
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Bump for some help here please
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You wouldn't need any TV tuner, as you would be going through the HDMI. You will need a TV tuner if you want to get the TV on your PC though, but ideally your PC won't be involved except when you're using it. Here is what you are going to want to do:

TV signal > Reciever > video to LCD via HDMI, and sound to speakers.

Then you use the DVI connection for your PC. You'll just have to press the input button on the monitor to switch between PC and TV.
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Exactly what I was thinking EXCEPT, if I am using the HDMI input on the monitor and it has no speakers or outputs to any form of external sound, would the dish satellite receiver still output, via the toslink output, so I could get sound through the other h/t receiver? I am not looking for extreme quality HD THX 9.2 Ultra output, just a signal that could be decoded by an external H/T receiver/amplifier. THX
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yes, you will be able to use hdmi video and optical audio

if not right away, just go to the menu in the cable box and set it to optical audio if it defaults to hdmi audio. I have the same setup.
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THX a lot guys, I will be ordering dish HD here shortly :woot:
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