Can I make my laptop act like a TV screen using an HDMI cable and an Xbox 360?

I was wondering if there was any software for my laptop (Toshiba Satellite U440) that would act as an HDMI input? Basically, could I hook up my Xbox 360 to my laptop using an HDMI cable and play MW3? By the way, I'm running Windows Vista HP.
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  1. Laptop screens do not support line in from none proprietory hardware. In short, no. Do you not have a decent televison? Chances are your t.v is higher res then you laptop moniter
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  2. laptops support video out and not video on
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  4. that port is out only. if it was an input as well it still wouldnt be a good idea because any game you would play would have a 1/4 second to 2 second lag time. depending on how well the manufacturer managed to get it. it would be ok on games like The Sims but for Halo it would be terrible.
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  5. The short answer is NO. The LCD on a notebook/laptop can't be accessed with the system's on-board HDMI port. The HDMI port on the notebook/laptop is an output port, not an input port.

    Sorry.
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  6. I use my laptop as a TV all the time, well at work. I pack my laptop and xbox, and play at work. It is possible, it's a portable TV for me. I just plug in the HDMI from the xbox to my laptop.
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  7. Idysfunctional said:
    I use my laptop as a TV all the time, well at work. I pack my laptop and xbox, and play at work. It is possible, it's a portable TV for me. I just plug in the HDMI from the xbox to my laptop.


    How do you do this? Is there a trick to it? Or certain hardware/software?
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  8. Twista209 said:
    How do you do this? Is there a trick to it? Or certain hardware/software?

    I have an HDMI in and out, stick it in 'in'
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  9. u must have an HDMI cable port and an HDMI cable connected to both the PC and Xbox 360
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  10. Hello, there might be a solution but I don't know how good the solution is. I have never tried this solution, so I couldn't tell you how good it is. But I wanted to let you know there might be a way through this. I don't know if they manufacture expresscard notebooks anymore, but if your notebook has an expresscard slot, there is something I found on amazon called an expresscard hdmi capture card. I feel like it's not all together a good thing that I recommend something that I haven't tried personally and found to work, so whether it works for you is up to you. But if the expresscard hdmi capture card works, then theoretically you can hook up hdmi inputs into your notebook. Just thought I'd share this with you.
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  11. Idysfunctional said:
    I use my laptop as a TV all the time, well at work. I pack my laptop and xbox, and play at work. It is possible, it's a portable TV for me. I just plug in the HDMI from the xbox to my laptop.


    How did you do this as my tv just broke n can't really afford to buy new one at the moment and the only best option i got is my laptop but its harder than it looks so could you please help me with your method please
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  12. Jemma Louise said:
    Idysfunctional said:
    I use my laptop as a TV all the time, well at work. I pack my laptop and xbox, and play at work. It is possible, it's a portable TV for me. I just plug in the HDMI from the xbox to my laptop.


    How did you do this as my tv just broke n can't really afford to buy new one at the moment and the only best option i got is my laptop but its harder than it looks so could you please help me with your method please


    If you read his later reply you would find he has a laptop with Dual HDMI Ports. He can use the "In" port to input a signal.
    If you have an LCD computer monitor you can use that, just plug in the HDMI cord.
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  13. you could get an elgato and you could connect any console to your laptop and record it if you want to :)
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  14. jackfeast said:
    you could get an elgato and you could connect any console to your laptop and record it if you want to :)



    And where could you get one of these? (I'm running Windows 8, if it makes a difference) :bounce:
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  15. Ultam8 said:
    [quotems=15524813,0,1940921]you could get an elgato and you could connect any console to your laptop and record it if you want to :)



    And where could you get one of these? (I'm running Windows 8, if it makes a difference) :bounce:

    No need for an elgato, you would be better off buying a cheap capture card, just search on Amazon or eBay. Or you could just buy a cheap monitor for £80 to £100
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  16. COLGeek said:
    The short answer is NO. The LCD on a notebook/laptop can't be accessed with the system's on-board HDMI port. The HDMI port on the notebook/laptop is an output port, not an input port.

    Sorry.


    Your response is not correct. My brother is doing exactly that with his lap top and ps3 while both are hdmi compatible if this is not the case than I can understand why you would not be able to do it.
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  17. Donnetta Williams said:
    COLGeek said:
    The short answer is NO. The LCD on a notebook/laptop can't be accessed with the system's on-board HDMI port. The HDMI port on the notebook/laptop is an output port, not an input port.

    Sorry.


    Your response is not correct. My brother is doing exactly that with his lap top and ps3 while both are hdmi compatible if this is not the case than I can understand why you would not be able to do it.


    What Laptop do you have? I'm looking for a laptop with either HDMI/VGA/etc in, expresscard or thunderbolt. or USB (but I don't know if you can share the screen with a Xbox/PS/Gaming PC).
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  18. try using a dual hdmi port for input and output and this wont matter which software you have and I hope this helps you for hardcore gaming on your laptop
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  19. HDMI is NOT output only except in instances of hdmi to dvi connections. Why? Because HDMI is High Definition Multimedia Interface, keyword 'interface'. this means 2 way communication. Whether or not your particular laptop can support more than just a data feed (i.e. video) is going to depend entirely on your laptop and the hdmi cord you are using, not all hdmi cords support the 2 way communication so if you are using a cheap hdmi that could be your issue.
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  20. Actually yes you can. All of you are wrong. I've seen all kinds of tutorials on Youtube everyday that has walkthroughs for 360 and PS3. The walkthroughs I've seen are not available for the p.c. You can even hook it up to a desktop computer. There is a way to do it but no one has released a tutorial to show yet.
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  21. firo40 said:
    Laptop screens do not support line in from none proprietory hardware. In short, no. Do you not have a decent televison? Chances are your t.v is higher res then you laptop moniter
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  22. Actually back in the hay day,before HDMI was a glimmer in daddies eyes. I hooked up my xbox (original) to my desk top and used the monitor as a t.v screen. However I did have an All-in-wonder Card in my desk top which supported RCA cables. But I couldn't figure out how to get sound playback. IF there is a will there is a way.
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  23. Aegis_Prime said:
    Actually back in the hay day,before HDMI was a glimmer in daddies eyes. I hooked up my xbox (original) to my desk top and used the monitor as a t.v screen. However I did have an All-in-wonder Card in my desk top which supported RCA cables. But I couldn't figure out how to get sound playback. IF there is a will there is a way.

    It is possible to connect speakers to a monitor but there could be setbacks like maybe there isn't an audio port of any kind. Also try headphones.
    The audio ports on a monitor would probably be 3.5 mm jack or some old port that nobody uses anymore.
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