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Xbox 360 on DVI monitor (22" Samsung)

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October 18, 2008 12:22:03 AM

Hello all,

I just bought a new wide screen 22" monitor for gaming on my PC and Xbox 360. It only has one DVI-D input and one VGA/D-sub input. The resolution it supports is 1680x1050. Right now I have my PC using the DVI-D input, but I assume I can buy a selector if I need to.

Does anyone know how I can use my Xbox 360 on this monitor? I don't even know what type of Xbox it is... just the basic model I guess. Do I need to have an "Elite" version for HD? I am trying to go into gaming professionally and want top quality video and audio (already taken care of audio with Turtle Beach X4 headphones). Money is not a big issue, but I'd like to avoid having to buy another monitor/TV.
October 18, 2008 3:40:19 AM

You can buy a VGA cable for the Xbox 360. Doesn't matter what model you have, they'll all fill the monitor with nice 720p-ness. Won't get 1080p out of it because your monitor only goes up to 1680x1050, 1050 being the number to watch.
October 18, 2008 9:32:39 AM

VGA cable is the way - but for info the 1680x1050 res is becoming option from the fall 08 update - so will pixel match to the screen perfectly

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October 18, 2008 2:27:00 PM

Isn't DVI better than VGA though? I wasn't even sure if VGA would give you HD graphics. I thought that is why all graphics cards were going to DVI and HDMI outputs. Obviously I'm new to this HD stuff, so any info will help.
Thank you
October 18, 2008 2:29:01 PM

Oh yeah, to add to that... would it be better to get an HDMI Xbox cable and use a HDMI - DVI converter? Or is the VGA just fine as it is?
October 18, 2008 2:30:35 PM

Well... I haven't got a problem with my VGA connection, only thing about it is the audio is a seperate 3.5mm cable (or optical) that you'd have to put into your PC's line-in, or an audio in on your monitor if it has one.

Haven't seen an Xbox hooked up with HDMI though so can't really compare.
October 19, 2008 1:37:25 AM

Audio is no problem, as long as I have an optical. My main concern is is it better to us a VGA or HDMI/DVI with my setup. I'm not even sure if my Xbox can use a HDMI cable either. I've been doing some research and not finding any clear answers yet.
October 19, 2008 1:41:32 AM

As far as I know, only the new Premiums and the Elite have HDMI ports, and since that's a feature you've originally had to pay for I'm going to assume that you can't get it on a console that doesn't have the port.

VGA cable should do you just fine.
December 23, 2008 7:01:05 AM

dhitchner said:
Audio is no problem, as long as I have an optical. My main concern is is it better to us a VGA or HDMI/DVI with my setup. I'm not even sure if my Xbox can use a HDMI cable either. I've been doing some research and not finding any clear answers yet.


If your 360 has an HDMI port, USE IT. HDMI has a much higher max res than VGA. You will need a converter to convert from HDMI to DVI, these can be found online for a few dollars. However, DVI does not carry sound. You will need to plug in a seperate cable for sound.

Take a standard 360 A/V cable and cut the plastic off the end of the cable. This will enable you to insert both the HDMI cable and the A/V cable into your 360 at the same time. Then you can attach the A/V cable to headphones or a speaker system.
December 23, 2008 5:24:06 PM

Sad Panda said:
HDMI has a much higher max res than VGA.


Maybe, but Xbox 360s have a max res of 1920x1080, which my VGA cable is nice and happy using.
December 23, 2008 7:17:53 PM

Kraynor said:
Maybe, but Xbox 360s have a max res of 1920x1080, which my VGA cable is nice and happy using.


VGA has a max res of 640×480

It's time to upgrade my man.
December 23, 2008 11:11:32 PM

Fine, QXGA, happy? Either way it uses the VGA interface, and it's called a VGA cable. I don't have to upgrade, 24" monitor with a max res of 1920x1200 ftw. Now if only M$ included 16x10 resolutions (even with black bars)
December 29, 2008 4:26:01 PM

Thats why I made sure when I bought my new monitor that it had DVI and HDMi

DVI for PC and HDMI for PS3
April 4, 2011 8:42:22 PM

VGA does far more than 640x480. VGA (as in the resolution in cameras, etc) IS 640x480.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector
This is what is used in monitors. VGA is fine unless you want to power a monitor the size of a house.
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April 6, 2011 9:33:55 PM

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