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HDMI to VGA -- possible with this monitor?


#1 nJoy7   Wait, what? CAGiversary!   2237 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:43 AM

Can I hook up my Xbox 360 to this monitor --> HP S2031a 20" widescreen monitor? It currently does not have any HDMI ports.. but would I be able to buy an HDMI to VGA/DVI converter and it work?

Here's the product website. I figured I'd find someone who could fill me in on this dilemma as I'm not very tech savvy:

http://www.shopping....ode=WR733AA#ABA

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

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#2 mtxbass1   This space for rent. CAGiversary!   11092 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:46 AM

Why wouldn't you just buy an Xbox 360 VGA out cable?



#3 nJoy7   Wait, what? CAGiversary!   2237 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:50 AM

Ah. I didn't know those existed.

http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1126591946321

$40 + tax though? Christ. Are there any cheaper alternatives?

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#4 mtxbass1   This space for rent. CAGiversary!   11092 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:53 AM

Gamestop sells them used for a couple bucks. I might even have one that I'd sell for cheap if I can find it.



#5 nJoy7   Wait, what? CAGiversary!   2237 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:59 AM

Wouldn't I need the VGA HD cables if I wanted it to be in 720p/1080i? From searching through the internet a bit.. those can be $15+ used, $30-$40 new.

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#6 mtxbass1   This space for rent. CAGiversary!   11092 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:13 AM

There is only one type of VGA cable for the Xbox 360. You would pick the max res your monitor would support. Off the top of my head, the max I was getting was 1280x1024 or so.



#7 Sinfulfate   The Podfather CAGiversary!   1194 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:28 AM

Ya a DVI adapter would work fine. A VGA adapter would work as well but since VGA is analog and HDMI is digital you would need a converter box to convert the analog singal to digital. DVI-D is digital so you would just need a HDMI>DVI adapter for it to work. Something like this:

http://www.amazon.co...87023316&sr=8-1

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#8 nJoy7   Wait, what? CAGiversary!   2237 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:45 AM

Ya a DVI adapter would work fine. A VGA adapter would work as well but since VGA is analog and HDMI is digital you would need a converter box to convert the analog singal to digital. DVI-D is digital so you would just need a HDMI>DVI adapter for it to work. Something like this:

http://www.amazon.co...87023316&sr=8-1


Would that work just as well as the VGA HD cable?

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#9 iKilledChewbacca   Trading Time Out (Under Investigation) Do not trade! Trading Timeout - Under Review   3946 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:01 AM

Would that work just as well as the VGA HD cable?


it would actually work better and look a lot better.

#10 Sinfulfate   The Podfather CAGiversary!   1194 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:04 AM

Would that work just as well as the VGA HD cable?

Yes. It would be better actually since DVI/HDMI is digital and VGA is just analog. The only thing you have to worry about is sound since HDMI/dvi is sound and video in one cable and if the monitor doesn't have built in speakers you will probably need to get another cable for audio.

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#11 mtxbass1   This space for rent. CAGiversary!   11092 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:45 AM

Yes. It would be better actually since DVI/HDMI is digital and VGA is just analog. The only thing you have to worry about is sound since HDMI/dvi is sound and video in one cable and if the monitor doesn't have built in speakers you will probably need to get another cable for audio.


How can you say it's any better in his case?

He's taking a VGA ONLY monitor and hooking it up to an Xbox 360. Any type of converter you put there isn't going to magically make his monitor output a better picture than it already can... He's not going to gain anything by doing this conversion.



#12 YodaEXE   Wark! CAGiversary!   1326 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:35 PM

How can you say it's any better in his case?

He's taking a VGA ONLY monitor and hooking it up to an Xbox 360. Any type of converter you put there isn't going to magically make his monitor output a better picture than it already can... He's not going to gain anything by doing this conversion.

The spec page clearly says that it has VGA and DVI-D?