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XBox and VGA

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by Squiffy, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Squiffy

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    Hi there.

    I may need to move my UK, non-modded, XBox into my study (to stop our 7 month old twins biting on the controller cables, turning it on, and trying to pull themselves up on the ejected DVD drawer!). It also means I won't have to wait till my missus goes to bed before I can play on XBL!

    If I did that, I'd need some way to connect the XBox to my PC monitor.

    I've found this thread http://www.avforums.com/frame.html?...hread.php?s=&threadid=95647&highlight=vga+box[/url] which seems to show that I'd need a modded XBox to do this with proper VGA output, unless I was willing to accept a line-doubler solution.

    Are there any other solutions? I'm surprised there isn't a VGA box available that can take a HDTV output from the XBox and convert that to work on a monitor...
     
  2. NeilMcRae

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    There is! Its called a Zinwell brightview Scaler. Check out the powebuys forums. Its pricey but believe me its the only way to get a decent VGA picture from Consoles.

    Neil.
     
  3. Squiffy

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    Thanks very much for the info Neil.

    But I think for that cost (£269! - eek!), it'd be cheaper to buy a modded XBox, and use the hack software from the other thread!

    It might be even cheaper to just keep the twins in a cage? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Squiffy

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    Looks like the same thing is available here from premodded for £8 less.

    I only found it cos I was looking at the modded XBoxes. :rolleyes:

    Might be worth thinking about if I can find some decent reviews. The one on the link you gave wasn't very inspiring....

    Thanks for the info though!
     
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    Squiffy,
    at the moment the best (in price and in quality) VGA solution for the Xbox is the X2VGA. You can read comments at AVS Forum and at Xbox Hacker. It converts progressive component into VGA, and delivers a high quality picture. It requires a mod-chipped Xbox.

    BR,
    Olaiho
     
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    Thats great - thanks for the link.

    Looks like I do need a modded XBox after all...
     
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    Squiffy,
    one thing to consider if you're going to use VGA box with a CRT monitor is the refresh rate, which is usually 60hz. Can you live with that?

    If 640x480@60hz hurts your eyes like it does mine, an alternative is to buy a cheap TV card for your PC. Using a TV card you can set your resolution and refresh rate to whatever you like. The picture is pretty good too, although not X2VGA quality. Dscaler can make it even better. This way you wouldn't have to chip your Xbox.

    BR,
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    Now there's an idea I hadn't thought of...

    I suppose a TV card would also allow the sound to come out thru the PC speakers?
     
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    The TV card isn't needed for that...

    How to get sound from console to PC speakers:

    a) connect sound cables from console to PC sound card "Line In" input and enable Line In from sound card settings.

    or

    b) connect console sound straight to PC speakers =)

    Picture-wise you'll be connecting to the TV card with either composite video or S-video. With S-video the picture is much nicer, so get an S-video cable if possible.

    I have a cable like this , it's got
    - composite video
    - s-video
    - RGB scart
    - analog RCA audio
    - digital s/pdif audio

    all in one, so it's also great for connecting to a TV.

    BR,
    Olaiho
     
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    Dont really understand what you mean - it supports PAL 50 only - PAL 60 gomes out as grey, but the quality in PAL 50 is fine.
     

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