Play old consoles through PC Monitor

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  1. Sicklyboy
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    So, heres the situation. I want to play my old Xbox through my PC monitor, and have it still be in decent quality. So, a while ago I went out on a limb and bought this from DealExtreme. However, it turned out to be complete shit.

    So, I got to thinking. My monitor can have two inputs, a DVI and a VGA connector. I only use the DVI for my computer, so I ordered one of these from DinoDirect. Got it today, all excited, plugged it in, and... nothing.

    So I need something (from either site) that will let me plug a component (bonus if it has svideo too) video connection in to it and have it display on a 22" Hannspree LCD monitor over a VGA connection. My monitor just returns "No Signal Input" when I switch to the VGA input.
     
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    The Easycap is not shit but the bundled software is. I use hontestech vhs to dvd to see it on my monitor. If you want something that gives a realtime view with its packaged software try either blackmagic intensity or avtertv hv hdvr. However those are not low cost like the easycap.
     
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    From my experience, using a tv tuner or a video capture device to play console games on a computer is not really good, What ever software you try, you will always have a .2/.3 sec delay making most action games unplayable. If you still want to give a try with your easycap, try using vlc media player.

    What you need is a video conversion box:
    http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-11z-49-en-70-2tw6.html
    http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-86-49-en-70-2707.html
    http://www.amazon.com/Mygica-Game-Video-Co...I/ref=pd_sbs__4
    http://www.amazon.com/GeniaTech-V2VPRO-Vid..._pr_product_top


    I have the V2V pro box and it works alright, I don't find the colors and contrast to be as good as they would on a tv set and there is a tendency of motion blur/ghosting when the objects or background are grayish. Aside from that, bright and colorful games play nice.

    If you have room, It's easy to find a good old crt tv for 20$ or even free if you look around.

    edit: I fiddled with the config of my v2v box and the motion blur is not as annoying as it was.
     
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    I've tried vlc but it can never access the device to stream from it. I'll take a look at those links shortly. And I want the adapter so I can get rid of my tv because it takes up way too much space.
     
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    There was a VGA hack (although it was quite crude) for the xbox- http://xboxvgatutorial.host.sk/ . Bad luck on the VGA box as well... I would not call mine good but it certainly gets the job done.
     
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    I'll definitely look into this (got work in a few minutes, so can't yet.)
     
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    Do they work in a laptop ? I have 3 usb port and the blue video out thing , and also an HD out I think