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how to connect computer to tv

how to connect computer to tv
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
dswviper
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You can use either a VGA cable with an audio cable or HDMI. VGA is the blue port on your computer, and the audio cable would have to be plugged into the headphone jack and then into the tv, HDMI will transmit both Audio and Video.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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What is the power consumption of SAMSUNG PN50C550

asked 4 years ago
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My 2010 set, purchased in the USA, lists 350 watts on the label on the back. Yet, the specs from the company I bought it at listed 139 watts. The real answer is from my Kill-A-Watt monitor that can be used to show the wattage from any electrical product. Shows 101 to 121. Very happy about that.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Truth99
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On my 2010 model acquired in the US, the back of the set lists 350 watts, however, the online specifications where I bought it showed a maximum of 139 watts. When I received it, I plugged into a Kill-A-Watt monitor and am very surprised to see the wattage only go between 101 and 120 watts.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Although I may not have the wattage numbers readily available to me (since daily usage varies from owner to owner depending on settings and content), I can say that most all current generation Samsung TVs are EnergyStar4.0 compliant. This ensures the best possible performance with minimal power usage.

-MrSamsung
answered 4 years ago
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Why is my HD picture off center when switching channels?

When I change the channel from an SD channel to an HD channel the picture if off center to the right and stretched. I can usually fix this by switching back to the SD version of the same channel and then back to the HD version. I have the screen set to 16:9.
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
dadret
Overland Park KS
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I had the same issue and it was in the set-up in the Time Warner digital cable box. The box was originally used with a 35 inch tube TV and was "booted-up" with that TV. When I got my 50 inch Samsung plasma, I hooked the cable box to the TV through HDMI cables. It turns out that when you boot up the cable box using coaxial cables to the tube TV the cable box does NOT communicate with the TV. When using HDMI cables to a digital TV, the cable box communicates with the TV through the HDMI cable. You need to reboot the cable box by completing powering down the cable box (unplug the box from the 120 volt power supply), then plug it back it and let it reboot. Make sure the cable box is set to 1080i, 16.9 and the "stretch" settings. Kinda just like your home computer.....when it is not working right, sometimes rebooting by totally disconnecting from power supply and powering back up will fix the problem. After I did this, the picture even improved!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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I forgot to add, make sure your cable box setting is set at the c550's highest resolution which is 1080. If you set the cable box output to multiple settings (i.e. 480, 720) the picture will shift to the right and be extra large. Contact your cable company and find out how to set the resolution in the cable box settings.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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Do you have it hooked up through a cable box HDMI slot? This happened to me also. My cable box HDMI output was bad. I received a new box and it works. Or you can switch to component cables and it should work right away if the HDMI from cable is the problem.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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What is the difference between PN50C550 AND PN50C590?

asked 4 years ago
Grandpa88
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Essentially the additional features found on the C590 are, 2 additional user presets (Cal Day and Cal Night) for picture and the implimentation of the Crystal HD Engine which includes the Cinema Smooth feature for 24p playback.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Westcoaster
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Both the C550 and the C590 offer many of the same features and contrast ratio; however the C590 offers both smooth playback of movies with Cinema Smooth and expert picture quality with Calibration Mode over the C550.

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answered 4 years ago
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Samsung Apps

I am in Canada and I saw this product on Samsung Product Support TV, but I don't see as a selection either directly from the remote control or from the main menu under applications...

Is this available on the PN 50/58C550 models?

thanks!
asked 4 years ago
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Buy a blu-ray player and connect to tv for internet capabilites. A Samsung player for Samsung apps.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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I'm sorry for the confusion. The PN50C550 does not offer any internet capabilities (Internet@TV, Samsung Apps).

-MrSamsung
answered 4 years ago
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what is included

Does the TV come with a stand? Are any cables provided? Does it have built in speakers?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
strainsa
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The stand is included and the speakers are also built into the lower bezel. I highly recommend connecting this TV to your AV receiver to enjoy a fuller sound experience.

Other then the power cord, no cables are included.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Westcoaster
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As a matter of fact, all of the Samsung TVs come with a stand, which allows you to mount the TV on a flat surface, like a table or entertainment unit. All Samsung TVs also come with built in speakers that are down firing and power cords; however, they do not come with A/V cables (like HDMI cables) included.

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answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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Refresh rate?

I have a question about when switching sources to the TV (xbox 360, blu-ray player, cable) in the upper left corner it shows the refresh rate. It only show 60hz and I was thought the TV was capable of 600hz. Why?

I have Cat 2 (High speed) HDMI cables running from each source to the TV.
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
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A common question, these plasma panels have a subfield drive refresh rate of 600Hz which no matter the input signal it will continue at that frequency. However...

The frequency number that you see listed on the screen is that of the input signal, generally for TV/cable and video sources it will be 60Hz, and for Bluray it could be either 60Hz, or if the setting is available for film sources and is set on your player, 24Hz.

So essentially, when displaying a 60Hz signal the screen gets refreshed 10 times a second, and with 24Hz signals, 25 times a second.

For comparison, the original LCD panels had a 60Hz refresh, then that was improved a couple of years back to 120Hz and now the latest LCD refresh rate appears to be 240Hz.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Westcoaster
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All Samsung Plasma TVs offer a technology called 600Hz subfield motion. Basically for the 600Hz sub-field motion, the television shows you the image at the same refresh rate (60Hz) but flashes the individual pixels faster so the images appear smoother then on a regular 60Hz panel. In this case it flashes the pixels 10 times faster then normal. So 60 fps x 10 sub-field = 600 flashes of the pixels per second. This makes the images seem much smoother on the screen but it does not increase the actual frames per second. It is not exactly the same as the Hz on the LCD/LED Samsung TVs (which ultimately raise the frame rates of the images, giving you a "Hyper-Real" image) and can not be toggled on or off since it is always on. . The reason you are seeing the 60Hz in the info box is because the info box only displays the signal’s actual Hz and screen resolution and not the info of the picture on the screen after the TV processes it. Meaning that the 60Hz you are seeing is the signals actual Hz and not the screen’s Hz.

-MrSamsung
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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what size bolts are required for installing the mounting brackets on the back of the TV

The directions say M8 but the M8 bolts I purchased don't fit.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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Hmmm, that is interesting, the specification on page 46 states M8 and the wall mount I bought came with an assortment of bolts, and it was the M8x16 that fit perfectly.

Please check that you have M8 as these should fit all of the C540/550/590 Plasma TV's from 42-80" in size.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Westcoaster
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From the info I have, which is the same as in the manual, the M8 standard Vesa screws will be the bolts you want to use for that set. Please make sure that the Bolts are M8. If you need further assistance, please contact 800-SAMSUNG.

-MrSamsung
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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Does the PN50C550 ToC bezel light up?

It appears to be non-existent in the options menu.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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No, neither the PN50C550 or PN58C550 have bezels that illuminate.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Westcoaster
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The Touch of Color feature is a bezel design that breaks away from the traditional single color bezels available on many TV panels on the market. However, there is no light source beneath the panel that would illuminate or emit light of any sort, and subsequently, there is no option in the Options Menu to select that.

We appreciate your support of Samsung products.

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answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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Why do i have sync issues using the USB Media Play?

1st Question
I am attempting to play a movie from either a usb flash drive or a usb external hard drive. I'm not on a network. I simply move the video from my computer to the external hard drive, plug it into the side port, and hit the media play button. I select my movie and it starts.

The movie starts well as long as i don't touch anything. Audio syncs with Video.

But when i fast forward or rewind, the audio comes out of sync and I can't figure out how to get it back into sync.

2nd Question
Why do you think some .mkv files play in media play, but other .mkv's might not?

Thanks.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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1st and second question may answer each other, but I am not sure. I know with mine I must be mindful of the bitrate, you should be able to convert any media with common free converters such as videomonkey for mac, to match the output on your tv. You'll have to refer to the specs in your manual to know what it likes best.

.MKV file are simply a shell for a AV file, not an actual file like an .avi, there is NO way of telling what format a .mkv is in by simply looking at the path of the title. You must hit properties or info, dependent on OS to see exactly what codec is necessary for the source video/audio file. I have found it is safest to downgrade if you will the quality of the video format over trying to get the file perfect especially if you are a little green at all this still.

Hope this helps
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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Follow up info. It turns out the longer I let the movie play, the more out of sync it becomes. I thought it was just related to fast forward and rewind functions but it turns out that even when i press play and just let it go, i still get out of sync after about 5 minutes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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Is there anyway to enjoy the Samsung apps on the Samsung 50" PN50C550G1FXZA 1080p, now or in the future?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Add a blu-ray player from samsung for internet apps. check model #'s that will connect.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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Unfortunately since the PN50C550 does not offer the hardware required for the Internet@TV feature with Samsung Apps, there is no plan to add these features to the C550 at this time.

-MrSamsung
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
MrSamsung
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How many watts does this TV use?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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I have a Kill-A-Watt monitor that allows a tv or any home appliance to be plugged into it and then it is plugged into the wall. Shows 101-120 watts when turned on. Note, back of set label shows 350W.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Truth99
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Although I may not have the wattage and amperage numbers readily available to me (since daily usage varies from owner to owner depending on settings and content), I can say that most all current generation Samsung TVs are EnergyStar4.0 compliant. This ensures the best possible performance with minimal power usage.

-MrSamsung
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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How far in between the mounting screw holes?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
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ON the 50" size TV they are 15.7" apart both vertically and horizontally.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Westcoaster
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The Vesa mounting bracket size for the PN50C550 is 400mm x 400mm.

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answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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why don't I hear audio when I connect my satellite STB to my Samsung HT-C6500 home theater using HDMI and then to my Samsung PN50C550 TV using HDMI?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
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It is likley that your HT-C6500 is not passing HDMI audio through to the TV, this could either be by design or because you need to change a setting on the HT-C6500. Check the manual that came with the C6500.

You could also determine that the STB is working correctly by bypassing the HT-C6500 temporarily and connecting the STB directly to the TV and make sure the sound is coming from the STB.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Although this would be a better question to ask service, I will try and provide a solution to your issue. Please make sure that your satellite box is set to output its audio through the HDMI cable and ensure that your Home Theater system is on the proper source (which ever your HDMI is connected to). If you are still having issues, please contact service at http://www.samsung.com/us/support/o... or 800-SAMSUNG.

-MrSamsung
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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usb videos

Can I play a movie that is stored on my usb thumb drive
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
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Yes you can as long as it is one of the supported file types. To see the extensive list of supported codecs and container types you should visit the Samsung site, find the model you have or are interested in and download the manual.

There is a section that fully explains the playback process and it also provides a list of the supported storage devices and files types.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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As a matter of fact, the C550 Plasma TVs will have the ability to play media (movies, music and photos) from a USB device though the ConnectShare Movie feature.

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answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Audio Out

I have a Pn50C550 tv and am trying to do coaxial audio out, the red and white out of my tv to my surround that way I dont have to connect all my devices to the surround and it can all just come through my TV. But it doesn't appear there is a video out, am I correct or just overlooking it. Thank you.
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You appear to be referring to 2 different types of audio connection and then asking about a video connection?

The C550 has optical digital audio out and of course multiple video inputs but there are no video outputs.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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Although the TVs do offer audio output, none of the current generation Samsung TVs actually offer a video output. Since all of the video will be processed and displayed by the TV itself, there will not be a need to send the video back out from the TV to another device.

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I have a black bar on the left side of the screen only. I have changed the aspect ratio on both the tv and cable box with no success

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
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I changed my cable box setting to 1080i only. Didn't work. I added 480i $with 1080i and I have no problem.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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Do you have the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 cable box or something similar hooked up through HDMI? Make sure your cable box setting is set at the c550's highest resolution which is 1080 and this is the only output resolution checked. If you set the cable box output to multiple settings (i.e. 480i, 720p) the picture will shift to the right and be extra large. To access settings, on your remote there is a button that says "settings". Click that and then select "more settings", or something similar. Go down the list and find "select output". Then only select 1080 resolution. If you can't find the setting, contact your cable company and find out how to set the resolution in the cable box settings.

Or you can just hook up through component cables and your issues should be fixed because digital circuitry is not the same through component cables.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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Where do I connect the red and white leads for a wireless headphone?

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lworden
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You need to get a mini-jack adaptor. Red and White leads are typically associated with RCA style plugs. Search Goolgle for "mini jack adaptero for RCA."
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those are your left and right audio jacks and most all devices that you will plug into will have matching color coded input jacks ie red and white so you will plug red into red and white into white.
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What are the ring magnets for?

My PN50C550's packaging contained three ring magnets, each circled by a thick plastic sheath. They are each in two halves held together by the sheath, which also allows them to be locked when closed. What are they for? I did not see any reference to them in the user guide.
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Hello from Spain. User's Manual, page 4: They are 3 ferrite cores (used to shield the cables from interference, mainly the power cord). When connecting it, open the ferrite core and clip it around the cable near the plug (the distances between the core and each end of the cord must be below 50mm (TV) and 20mm (outlet)). Enjoy this great TV!
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What are the differences between 58B550 and 58C550 ?

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The only difference between the two is B was made in 2009 and C was made in 2010, The screen size and features included would be the exact same. The 2010 may have a more recent firmware pre-installed, but the 2009 would be easily upgradeable to the same.

http://support-us.samsung.com/nfs/model/201006081006011_plasmafinal.jpg
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