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First of all it took me 10 minutes to figure out which board I should post this in since you guys have so many, and I still don't know if this is the right one.

Anyway, we just moved into a new house and we're now at the point where we simply don't have any non-HD sets anymore. The only non-HD set that I can get to right now without having to drive over to the storage place is a 17" LCD EDTV.

What I'm trying to do here is find out if I'm gonna be able to hook up my older Game consoles to one of the TVs. I've heard that hooking up really really old consoles to any flat screen TV like a Plasma or an LCD can ruin the screen pretty quickly (more quickly than most devices do).

But I happen to have a Samsung Surefit that's actually a CRT (meaning it's not flatscreen) with an HD screen. The oldest things I've plugged up to it are a VCR and a Dreamcast, but depending on what happens I may have to connect an N64, a Super NES, and a Genesis up to this thing.

I tried hooking up the Genesis to a 32" Phillips LCD and the image looked terrible of course but on top of that I've been able to notice serious motion blur on the TV ever since and I only played the Genesis on it for a few minutes.

I'm wondering if because my Samsung isn't necessarily a flatscreen TV will it be okay to hook up those devices to it. I already know that the image quality is probably going to hook horrible on all three aforementioned devices but I'm just worried about whether or not they'll actually ruin the screen.
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First of all it took me 10 minutes to figure out which board I should post this in since you guys have so many, and I still don't know if this is the right one.

Anyway, we just moved into a new house and we're now at the point where we simply don't have any non-HD sets anymore. The only non-HD set that I can get to right now without having to drive over to the storage place is a 17" LCD EDTV.

What I'm trying to do here is find out if I'm gonna be able to hook up my older Game consoles to one of the TVs. I've heard that hooking up really really old consoles to any flat screen TV like a Plasma or an LCD can ruin the screen pretty quickly (more quickly than most devices do).

But I happen to have a Samsung Surefit that's actually a CRT (meaning it's not flatscreen) with an HD screen. The oldest things I've plugged up to it are a VCR and a Dreamcast, but depending on what happens I may have to connect an N64, a Super NES, and a Genesis up to this thing.

I tried hooking up the Genesis to a 32" Phillips LCD and the image looked terrible of course but on top of that I've been able to notice serious motion blur on the TV ever since and I only played the Genesis on it for a few minutes.

I'm wondering if because my Samsung isn't necessarily a flatscreen TV will it be okay to hook up those devices to it. I already know that the image quality is probably going to hook horrible on all three aforementioned devices but I'm just worried about whether or not they'll actually ruin the screen.

The TV is simply outputting a video signal...and old videogame console can't screw up a TV anymore then a PS3 or Xbox360 can.

My guess is that your philips lcd had ghosting to begin with and you didn't notice it until you hooked up the Genesis and now you just see it all the time.
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