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Old 02-24-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Connecting Xbox 360 to your computer.

Is there anyway one could connect and play a xbox 360 on a computer that has XP. I know with vista you can, but I was just wondering if it was also possible with xp.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:31 AM   #2
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what do you mean "play it on the computer'" ? you mean stream media to it?
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:34 AM   #3
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yes, I mean be able to play it on the xbox and watch it on your computer.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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you mean use your computer monitor to play the xbox? You need a moniter with VGA input then buy the xbox 360 VGA cable and hook it up to the moniter


example of moniter with vga input. the 5th picture from the right. the blue port
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:49 AM   #5
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ok thanks
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:25 PM   #6
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I bought the vga cable and I successfuly got it to work, but I am unable to get any sound. I have two speakers (Dell) that are connected to the onboard (mobo) sound. I tried plugging in the xbox audio directly into the speaker, but it didn't work. Any Help?
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:37 PM   #7
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Do your speakers support RCA inputs or do they use a 3.5 mm Stereo jack plug? Is it the physical connection that is the problem or is there is no signal through the cable?
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:42 PM   #8
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I believe it's physical connection that is the problem. The speakers use a 3.5 mm Stereo jack plug and that is connected to the computer. Here is a pic of what my speakers look like: http://www.goetc.net/shop/images/dell%20speakers.jpg
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:46 PM   #9
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Ok so you have the VGA running how are the rca jacks connected to the computer (if they are)? If they aren't connected to the computer than what method are you using to connect them to the stereo jack plug?
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:18 PM   #10
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Here is how the sound om my computer is set up. The speakers are plugged into the one that says front spkrs. There are five other places on the mobo to put jacks into, since my mobo came with onboard surrond sound.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:53 PM   #11
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Ok but are the rca (white and red) jacks that are attached to the VGA cable being used? You need to get a Rca to Stereo mini plug adapter to do this. ex. This
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:07 PM   #12
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Yes I tried plugining them into the mobo, it didn't work. I then tried pluging them directly into the speakers and it didn't work. The VGA did come with a plug adapter, and I used this to try and plug the rca jacks into the mobo. This is what I bought: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1126591946321
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:10 PM   #13
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Those jacks will not connect to your speakers directly and they wont connect to your motherboard either. What you need is a Male RCA to Stereo mini Adapter which someone might be able to direct you to where you can get one as I have no Clue
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:19 PM   #14
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:48 PM   #15
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ok thanks for the help everyone. Is there any possible way to have bot the computer and the xbox connected to the speakers at the same time (so I don't have to keep on switching the connections)?

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Old 02-26-2007, 12:05 AM   #16
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you can use a kvm switch like belkin's flip usb kvm switch. I used it on my 360 which was hooked up to my computer. Make sure to turn hibernation off on your computer or else the screen will not switch back after a certain amount of time.
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:17 PM   #17
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How would the xbox connect to the kvm switch? Do you just plug the vga cable into it? Also would a kvm switch allow me to connect the speakers to both the computer and the xbox at the same time? Thanks.

Edit: One last question, would any software alternatives (preferably free) work rather than using a kvm switch, since I already have a lot of cables and wires and I don't really want anymore.

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Old 02-27-2007, 03:52 PM   #18
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If that X-box cable came wiith an adapter that plugs into the 2 RCA jacks and is a mini-stereo jack on the other end, should be able to plug it into the line-in jack on the mobo. May need to go into the audio controls and un-mute line in and change volume.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:02 PM   #19
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The vga cable did come with something. Not to sure as to what it is, but here is what it looks like: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DN

As I looked at the page I notices that they were plugging it into the mobo. I know that this site isn't for a 360 but I was wondering if I could do this with the 360?
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:12 PM   #20
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If your talking about the black thing in the guys hand then that's whats needed to connect the Xbox cable to the PC.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:23 PM   #21
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After it's connected do I leave the computer on in order to be able to hear the sound?
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:38 PM   #22
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If your talking about the black thing in the guys hand then that's whats needed to connect the Xbox cable to the PC.
Actually that is a Stereo Male RCA to Stereo Mini Plug adapter. This is what you will need to connect you xbox 360's audio output to your speakers audio input.

As far as I know you wont find anything to connect to different audio sources to a stereo mini jack and be able to switch them. You could Purchase audio video selector a Stereo mini to RCA male cable which are widely available at any radioshack etc. and the adapter to connect the output for the switch to your speakers.


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Old 02-27-2007, 04:40 PM   #23
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After it's connected do I leave the computer on in order to be able to hear the sound?
No the computer has nothing to do with the xbox 360. You are just switching the input for the moniter between the PC and the Xbox.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:39 PM   #24
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ok, thanks for the help.
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:36 PM   #25
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I just bought a kvm switch from radio shack. It's a iogear ps/2. It says for computers only I just want to make sure that my 360 will able to connect to it befroe I use it. Here is the link to it: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

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Old 02-28-2007, 09:44 PM   #26
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I have a 360 and i would like to play on my monitor. i have a 5.1 speaker set with the xbox logo

(regular xbox) and it works with all different stuff but my question is, if i have the speakers

plugged into my xbox and its all turned on and all thsoe goodies will the picture come through my

monitor and the soudn through those speakers?
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:48 PM   #27
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Yes. The xbox just ouputs video out the video port, and sound out the sound. What's on the other end is totally up to you. You can directly hook up the monitor, or use the kvm to enable you to use the same monitor for your computer and xbox without having to phycially switch the cables all the time. There are some KVMs that will also switch standard stereo sound, but I do not believe there are any that will switch surround sound, so just hook up the speakers directly.
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:08 PM   #28
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:24 PM   #29
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I was able to connect the kvm switch and hook up the sound. Thanks evry 1. Just to let you know though that you can connect the two rca jacks (w/adapter) to the mobo, and it will work as long as the computer is on.
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