I have a dell 3007wfp monitor(the 30 incher with a native resolution of 2560x1600) and I was wondering if an xbox 360 could hookup to my monitor and work at 1080p with no problem due to the fact that I lost my job and can no longer afford a t.v.
The original 360 (white) does not have a dvi output out of the box. The new (black 360) have a HDMI output. You can buy cables for the 360 to support dvi for your monitor. The problem with using a LCD monitor for me with the 360 is outputing the sound. To be able to get the 5.1 channel you need to use the optical cable in which most LCD does not have. You will need to hook up an amplifier just for the sound. I found a solution in the Logitech z5500 speakers. I am using a 24" 1920x1200 LCD with the z5500 and it works great with the 360.
Is your creative 7.1 surround coming out from your computer? Does it accept optical input. I thought computer sound cards only output sound not accept input, correct me if I am wrong. I am still learning about all these A/V jargon.
You will have to get a sound card with SPDIF in (optical) if your PC does not have one just now. Your 7.1 creative sound system wont have an SPDIF in as this would need an external decoder which I believe non of the Creative 7.1 soundcards have. The soundcard I have which has SPDIF in/out is the Audigy 2 Platinum Pro I believe some onboard soundcards have them too.
well on mine for the red/white it says aux in 2/phono in and for the black ones it has 2 things one is spdif in and the other one is spdif out. So will it work?
Turn the volume down really low and connect the red/white from the 360 to the X-Fi's aux in; the worst that will happen is it won't work. There is a really really small chance that it won't though. I do the same thing all the time with my Audigy when I want to record a song from a console game.
The 360 cables come with RCA (red/white). If you look at the bulky part of the cable where it connects into the 360 you'll see that there's an optical out on it as well. You can use that on the X-Fi if you have a square/square optical cable. I recommend you use that if you can.
I used to connect my 360 to my 20.1” widescreen monitor using a VGA table, also for sound I used the SPDIF (out) on the 360 and connected it to the SPDIF (in) on my Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro. Problem with that is that the SPDIF on the Creative sound card only played the sound in Stereo and I could not get the full 5.1 range to work. Not sure if other Creative SPDIF connectors have this problem.