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What's the cheapest way to play PS2 on a PC monitor?

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January 5, 2013 4:50:58 PM

I've been looking around I am having a heck of a time finding the answer. I know of switch boxes, and I know of a good one to get if I had too but I was hoping to spend as little as possible.

I have the RCA (red, white, yellow) that the PS2 came with. I have the audio covered. I have a pair of headphones that I'll use, the issue is getting video.

I've seen RCA to VGA adapters on the web, they're super cheap but would they work?
I thought I read the signal the PS2 outputs is different from the signal a PC can accept and that's why switch boxes have to get involved. Is that true or will a RCA to VGA adapter be all I need if I just need the monitor to pick up video?

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January 5, 2013 6:27:01 PM

redvandam said:
I've been looking around I am having a heck of a time finding the answer. I know of switch boxes, and I know of a good one to get if I had too but I was hoping to spend as little as possible.

I have the RCA (red, white, yellow) that the PS2 came with. I have the audio covered. I have a pair of headphones that I'll use, the issue is getting video.

I've seen RCA to VGA adapters on the web, they're super cheap but would they work?
I thought I read the signal the PS2 outputs is different from the signal a PC can accept and that's why switch boxes have to get involved. Is that true or will a RCA to VGA adapter be all I need if I just need the monitor to pick up video?


I've been trying to figure the same thing out, myself... I've got a PS2 and a Wii, and no TV anymore (I just moved). I have a switchbox that can toggle between the two RCA sources to a single RCA output, but I can't figure out a way to connect the yellow composite line into my monitor on the cheap...
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January 5, 2013 7:04:54 PM

Don't worry about the PS2. Get a emulator for your computer if you don't care about your saved memory. Other than that, I can't help you.
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January 5, 2013 7:25:01 PM

The adapters work. Hell, I used one to hook up my PC to a TV from the 90s! :) 
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January 5, 2013 7:36:19 PM

hairystuff said:
You need one of these (RCA to VGA) converters:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TV-RCA-Composite-S-video-AV-In-...

I've used it with DVRs, PS2s and Xboxs (not the 360), and it seems to do a really good job.


The problem with those adapters is that they have two female VGA slots, so I'd have to get an additional adapter to plug it into the female slot on my monitor - my computer's outputting DVI; that's why I want to use the open VGA slot for the console input.
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January 5, 2013 8:04:01 PM

Yea, the adapters do have female. Just use male to male VGA cable.
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January 5, 2013 8:22:50 PM

plus most monitor with modular connectors need a male to male cable, older fixed cable monitor already have a permanent male connector cable.
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