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Use TV as Monitor via XBox?

DJ-99DJ-99 Registered User
edited October 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So I would like to use my Samsung LCD TV as a monitor for my computer, and I was wondering if it's possible to do that through my XBox360, which is connected to the TV. I have my XBox set up to play music and show photos and stuff from my computer, but is there a way I can use my TV as an actual monitor, and not just media player, without buying video cables?

And, if not, I guess I basically just look at what types of video cable will plug into both my computer and my TV?

Thanks. Back in morning.

DJ-99 on

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I dont think the xbox supports video-in or mixing... so I don't think that's possible.

    You could do it the opposite way. Get a tuner card and run your xbox through your pc, with both using the tv as a monitor. What you're asking for requires hardware the 360 simply does not have.

  • Eat_FireEat_Fire Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This should be a redudant quesiton, but you did check the back of your TV for a VGA connection?

    you could also use a DVI-to-HDMI cable to plug your computer into your TV. YOu can pick one up at Walmart or any electronics retailer.

    If the above is all greek to you :

    VGA - plug in a trapezoid shape with pins in 3 rows with a total of 15 pins.
    DVI - another computer plug , rectangular in shape, with a grid of pins and a cross looking symbol on one end.
    HDMI- TV plug, very small is slightly trapezoidal, with a center plug

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  • DJ-99DJ-99 Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Eat_Fire wrote: »
    This should be a redudant quesiton, but you did check the back of your TV for a VGA connection?

    you could also use a DVI-to-HDMI cable to plug your computer into your TV. YOu can pick one up at Walmart or any electronics retailer.

    If the above is all greek to you :

    VGA - plug in a trapezoid shape with pins in 3 rows with a total of 15 pins.
    DVI - another computer plug , rectangular in shape, with a grid of pins and a cross looking symbol on one end.
    HDMI- TV plug, very small is slightly trapezoidal, with a center plug

    Ok, that's cool. I know I can do it using video cables, I was just hoping I wouldn't have to. I'm sitting here watching movies from my computer's hard drive on my XBox (wirelessly) so I thought it might be possible to actually stream my monitor onto the TV as well (wirelessly). But I guess not, so I'll just run over to Best Buy or something.

  • OrganichuOrganichu Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Yes the cables you need for this are not expensive, and if they're marketed as such (gold plated, 'in-wall professional grade' etc.) with a big price tag, just come back home and order online. What you're looking to do is accomplished very easily, and it's not expensive.

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  • WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    The forums usually recommend www.monoprice.com for this.

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