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    Question Game Console to Mac LCD Screen.
    I apologize if this is the wrong forum. But searching around here as well as on the net did not help too much. Most info I find are for VGA slots.

    I'm looking to hook my other Xbox up to my 20 inch Cinema Display or to my entire Mac system. Does anyone know what I would need? I don't really need to have a TV connection or anything like that. Im just looking to be able to play Xbox by using my LCD Screen and be able to hear it as well.

    I don't know if this is relevant, but the video card I use is nVidia 6800 Ultra DDL with AGP or DVI (not sure on this) slots.

    If you need any other info from me, just let me know.
    Any ideas? Thanks.
    TJ

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    Have you used this or know anyone who has? Will this ATI device be okay to use with my nVIDIA? Any ifo or opinion you could give me on this would be helpful.
    TJ

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    Mahachippy
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    If you just want to hook it up to your screen and not your whole computer try this: x2vga

    Hope this helps!

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    Problem with that is the Apple Display is DVI so you would need to get a VGA -> DVI adapter which I believe is expensive.

    The Wonder USB2.0 works great. I use it with my xbox and it is perfect. It doesn't matter if you have ATI or nVidia graphics card
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    Mahachippy
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    see post below for info.

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    The adapter you're talking about is the one with the cable and power box right? IF it is, they are expensive.

    ... Just so Im clear. With what you're recommending, I dont need the VGA to DVI adapter? Correct? If so, its worth a shot.
    Thanks for the replies.
    TJ

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    Mahachippy
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    Yeah, but the tv wonder usb thing is $150....the x2vga plus the adapter that I recommended is easily less than $100 shipped. Of course, you can hook the tv wonder to your computer and run it I think with your computer...the x2vga plus the adapter will only let you play your xbox on your monitor...it will not hook up to your computer....does that make sense? If not let me know and I will try to explain better!

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    Mahachippy
    Yeah, but the tv wonder usb thing is $150....the x2vga plus the adapter that I recommended is easily less than $100 shipped. Of course, you can hook the tv wonder to your computer and run it I think with your computer...the x2vga plus the adapter will only let you play your xbox on your monitor...it will not hook up to your computer....does that make sense? If not let me know and I will try to explain better!
    Now to do this... Would I have to constantly switch cables or just flip a switch or something of that nature?

    What about that adapter that came with my G5 when I bought it? Its some type of monitor cable adapter. It looks like a DVI on one end then something else on the other.

    EDIT.. Never mind. I just noticed it was the female end adapter for a VGA
    TJ

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    Mahachippy
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    As far as I know, you can hook it up to both I think and then all you have to do is put the button on top of the x2vga box to switch between your mac and xbox (although...you might need two of the $4 adapters). Lemme look for a few minutes...will get back to you!

    Edit: Yeah, I was right..you can hook it up to your comp. and the xbox and then just push a button to switch. Okay, I was wrong on one thing..you need a dvi to adc display adapter that is $100. However, all in all...this setup is only $20 or so more than that usb tv thing..but I have heard that the x2vga is a lot cleaner. Btw...check this link out for more info. these folks seem to know more than me on this subject: xbox on mac screen

    Hope this helps...lemme know how it works out for you!!

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    Thanks. Any info will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahachippy
    yeah...$4 is rather expensive for an adapter :black: adapter
    (Just kidding btw about it being expensive!)
    That wouldn't work.

    You would need something like this , which costs hundreds of dollars.



    The way I would do it is to get an HDTV tuner box that outputs DVI and has an input for component. Get the component cords for your Xbox, run those to the HDTV tuner box, then plug the Cinema display in using the DVI output on the HDTV tuner.

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    Mahachippy
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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    That wouldn't work.

    You would need something like this , which costs hundreds of dollars.



    The way I would do it is to get an HDTV tuner box that outputs DVI and has an input for component. Get the component cords for your Xbox, run those to the HDTV tuner box, then plug the Cinema display in using the DVI output on the HDTV tuner.

    Ummm...okay...I already posted I made a mistake..and no..you don't have to do what you said and spend $100s and $100s of dollars...you can do it easily for under $200. That is the price however that you have to pay if you want to game on a non-tv monitor. Btw...I didn't mean to come off rude..sorry if I offended anyone.

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    Now Im confused.
    This wont work? http://www.x2vga.com/ Can I use this along with something else? What else would I need for the x2vga to work if I dont get the TV Wonder device?
    TJ

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    If he has a current model 20in Cinema it uses DVI not ADC.

    The x2vga outputs a Analog(VGA) signal, while the Cinema displays accept only Digital(ADC or DVI) signals. In order to get an analog signal into a digital displays it had to be converted used come sort of device, which isn't cheap. A DVI output from a computer actually outputs both a digital and analog signal, those $4 adapters are used to extract the analog signal from a DVI port, no signal conversion is being done by that adapter.

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