How to Hook Up a Xbox 360 to a PC Monitor

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About: Hello, I am robots199. I love instructables as I have been a proud member for two years now. I repair computers. I am a Xbox 360 and PC gamer in my spare time. I can help with any computer or robot related q...

Intro: How to Hook Up a Xbox 360 to a PC Monitor

If you want to hook up your Xbox 360 to your computer monitor because your TV is small or the picture quality is terrible, I will show you how. Is it an expensive job you may ask, Nope, Only $10 in parts from my local Radioshack. Please leave a comment so I get feedback

Update 3/4/09: New final pictures added.
Update 10/26/09: New Comments Added To The Pictures!


COPYRIGHT RESPECTS AND CITATION FOR THIS INSTRUCTABLE IS AS FOLLOWS
All in-game images are copyright of Bungie Studios, Activision, Microsoft, and Infinity Ward.
Halo 3 is a copyright work made by Bungie Studios, USA and Microsoft, USA.
The Call of Duty trademark is an original work by Activision and Infinity Ward, USA

Step 1: Time to Find the Parts!

Before you start this project, you need a few things.

1. Xbox 360 Console

2. LCD or CRT Computer Monitor. ( Just for a quick FYI, Mine is a 20 inch Dell wfp)

3.Stereo female RCA to male 3.5mm Cable Which Is needed to get the sound from your computer speakers.

4.Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable if your monitor does not have a component port. (mine does so no pictures)

PLEASE READ: to get the part 3 & 4, go to amazon.com or Radioshack ( I got my cables at Radioshack for $10)

Step 2: Hook Up the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable

If your monitor has a composite port, skip this step!

Steps:

1. Unplug The Old Cable From Your Xbox 360.

2. Unplug the VGA cable out of your monitor.

3. Insert the AV Connector on the Cable Into The Xbox 360.

4. Screw The VGA Cable Into Your Monitor

NOTE: I have a composite cable on my monitor so there will be no pictures for this step. I am sorry.

Step 3: Hook Up the Speakers

Now turn on your Xbox and your monitor. You will notice something immediately, WHERE IS THE SOUND! Luckily, the hook up is dead simple.

1. Unplug your speakers from your computer. ( If you do not know what the speaker cable looks like, it is green)

2. Take out your stereo female RCA to male 3.5mm

3. Plug the RED & WHITE plugs on the VGA cable into the stereo female RCA to male 3.5mm

4. Plug the speaker plug ( green plug ) into the stereo female RCA to male 3.5mm

Look at the pictures below for more detail

Step 4: Testing Time!

Turn on your Xbox 360, Monitor, and Speakers. It Works!!!!
If it does not work please look over the steps. If it somehow still does not work, PM me.

Step 5: Have Fun

Play Call of Duty 4, Halo, or Rock Band because you have successfully finished this project.


All in-game images are copyright of Bungie Studios, Activision, Microsoft, and Infinity Ward.

Halo 3 is a copyright work made by Bungie Studios, USA and Microsoft, USA.
The Call of Duty trademark is an original work by Activision and Infinity Ward, USA

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    kenzie73120

    6 years ago on Step 3

    http://www.computercablestore.com/c_audio_video_cables.aspx

    This site has many different audio/video cables to fix your problems. The prices are pretty well listed on the site too! I hope this can help your issue!

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    HaroldDS

    2 years ago

    My monitor does not have speakers, yet I do have two different sets of computer speakers. The monitor is only VGA. I believe that would change my XBOX 360 setup.

    I bought what I thought was the converter I needed from Fry's Electronics, but it turns out to be VGA input to HDMI output. It obviously doesn't work. No wonder it was returned.

    I am still trying to find what I need.

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    KooshaM

    2 years ago

    Are you sure it's called stereo female RCA to male 3.5mm cable? I searched it up and can't find it anywhere

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    paulhud

    2 years ago

    I have a xbox360 and want to connect a pollyview ver 293 lcd monitor via hdmi to dvi-d.

    The xbox will not see the monitor. Any ideas anybody.

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    Ortun

    2 years ago

    My monitor has built in speakers, will I just not be able to sounds or...?

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    esewei92Ortun

    Reply 2 years ago

    the monitor will probably only have vga or dvi but get a vga to hdmi and connect the xbox to the monitor throught the hdmi and im pretty sure it will work with sound

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    esewei92Ortun

    Reply 2 years ago

    if you connect through hdmi yea i think so

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    unilank

    3 years ago on Introduction

    hey guys,

    can i use the following instead of what is being recommended

    1) 3.5mm female Stereo Jack to male RCA plugs cable

    2)iConnect World HDMI Male to VGA female Audio HD video Cable Converter Adapter .

    (I own a XBOX 360 E and an AOC E1670SWU LED Monitor)

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    AshtonA

    3 years ago on Introduction

    ok so i have the newest xbox 360 slim i also have a windows 8 desktop. im not sure what cords to use to hook them up. plz help thx

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    AshtonA

    3 years ago on Introduction

    ok so i have the newest xbox 360 slim i also have a windows 8 desktop. im not sure what cords to use to hook them up. plz help thx

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    BenT2aj-salaris

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi,

    How did you make laptop screen as TV screen? Can you name the wires and tell the steps

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    aj-salarisBenT2

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, gladly. First of all you will need a VGA cable or an HDMI cable. HDMI is much newer and usually easier, but some laptops/TV's only have one of them. You can look online about what each one looks like. Now you find the plug on both you laptop and you tv and plug them in accordingly. Your laptop might blink at first, I know mine does. I use windows 7 so you might have to find better instructions otherwise, but these are the pretty broad instructions. Go to your laptop and right click on your desktop background. Then find and click on "Screen Resolution" in the drop down menu. Here is where you should be (Check enclosed image). Your laptop should recognize that you have a monitor or TV connected. Click the drop down menu next to Display and find the name of your monitor or TV. As you can see, mine is an ASUS VE278. Now you can play around with the settings. My current settings say that when I have a VGA plugged in, it will black out my laptop screen and make the monitor my main desktop. You can change up things like the Orientation, multiple displays (this means you can have more than one screen, like maybe if you wanted to pull a video up on your laptop, then drag it on to the monitor screen), etc. If you have any trouble feel free to contact me again.
    ~AJ

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    nkashif

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I really liked your instructions. The only question I have is that does this work for the old Xbox 360 model? Which is called Xbox 360 Arcade (WHITE )? Please answer me soon.Thanks

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    lgb0250

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have followed these instructions and they worked great! My problem is now that I've disconnected the speakers from the back of the PC, I have no sound when I'm just using the PC and not the XBox! Any suggestions for the technically challenged on how I can have sound on both the XBox and the PC? Thanks.