Is the Mini-DVI port for input or output?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Grawsith, May 25, 2007.

  1. Grawsith macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2007
    If I were to connect an Xbox 360 VGA cable into the MacBook, would I be able to use the screen as a display for the console?
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    That is for sure an output, but I can definitely understand wanting to hook up a gaming console to your laptop. That's definitely something I keeping wanting to do, but can't do it with that mini-DVI port.

    I believe there is some hardware you can buy to do it through USB, but know them off-hand.
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    You want either the EyeTV Hybrid or the EyeTV 250.

    The Hybrid has no hardware encoding which means no latency in displaying video (ideal for gaming). Recording TV is a little more taxing on the computer as the raw signal comes straight into it, but nothing a C2D can't handle (even the MB).

    The 250 has the ability to do hardware encoding so if you record a lot of TV shows, it might work better. Additionally, however, you can turn off the hardware encoding to play games (again no latency).

    Both products are highly recommended on MR.

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