Can MBP take a Display INPUT?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JosephDuffy, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. JosephDuffy macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2009
    Great Britain
    I'm going to hook my Xbox 360 (When it's back from repair :/) to my MacBook Pro Early 2008.
    If I plug it in (I've got/can get all the wires), will it just see it as an input? I'm going to wire it like this"
    Xbox > VGA > DVI > MBP
    If this works, what settings shall I use on my 360?
    What's the highest res I should use, or what aspect ratio? I'm currently using 1440x900.
    Joseph Duffy
  2. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    No, the DVI port only functions as a one-way out signal.
  3. JosephDuffy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2009
    Great Britain
    Alright, thanks, I'll be getting a monitor then.
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    You could get a TV tuner, but then the best quality you could get would be S-Video or maybe component video. The problem is TV tuners tend to add some lag, which can make them unusable with game consoles. I tried to hook up my PS2 to an old tuner, and it added nearly 1/2 second of lag! There was no way I could do anything.

    Now I have an EyeTV hybrid, and it has a special low lag mode for video games where it doesn't compress the video in advance. I haven't tried it, though.

    If you do get a monitor, you can use it with your MBP, too, for extra screen space.

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