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Old 02-27-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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My friend wants an HD tv, a 1080p one, but only has about $300 to spend. He wants to use it for his 360 and for TV. So I told him to use a computer monitor like a 20" or so, but he wants to know if there is a way to get TV and 360 all hooked up to a computer monitor. Is this possible?
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yea theres adapters you can buy that will turn the video signal into a monitor signal
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:12 PM   #3
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I use this 22" monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112005

And the 360 VGA adapter:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360vgahdcable/

Works like a charm.
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What about the TV adaptor, for standard edition dish network, what kind of adaptor would he need? Something like an S-Video to DVI maybe?
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What about the TV adaptor, for standard edition dish network, what kind of adaptor would he need? Something like an S-Video to DVI maybe?
What kind of cable does the Dish Network use to go from the box to the TV? I think S-Video would work, not sure though. If it can use HDMI, there's an HDMI port on that monitor.

And the monitor I posted would be great for that, because it has a button that lets you pick the input from HDMI, VGA, or DVI. That way you don't have to keep swapping out the cables.
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No it is just a standard dish box, so it only has composite, and S-Video. Also what do I do for speakers? Because the one you listed might be too expensive I think. If the monitor doesnt have built in speakers what do I do?
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No it is just a standard dish box, so it only has composite, and S-Video. Also what do I do for speakers? Because the one you listed might be too expensive I think. If the monitor doesnt have built in speakers what do I do?
Just buy any speakers, and hook up the two composite cables to them.

And use S-Video for the video I guess...the picture isn't going to be very good if it's a standard picture because the native resolution of the monitor will be so much higher.
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I thought it might look better on a high def thing like a monitor. Ok, well I'll tell him what I found out, thanks.
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I thought it might look better on a high def thing like a monitor. Ok, well I'll tell him what I found out, thanks.
It'll only look better if it's actually HD content.
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What if he just buys an HD dish box, but not HD service? Or how much worse will it look with regular Dish?
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