Wii on MacBook Pro's monitor

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  1. mrmacosx macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a Nintendo Wii and a TV Tuner box hoping to hook it up to my MacBook Pro's monitor. I connected all the correct ports (DVI port>DVI to VGA adapter from Apple>TV tuner box>3-colored things>Wii). Then I switched on the computer to Windows XP SP2, to no avail. The box is a GADMEI XGA TV Tuner. It is 'Plug and Play', and does not come with any software of any sort. Help... The guy who sold it to me said it would work with a laptop. It works perfectly fine on my HP PC, also running XP SP2 however, I don't think the computer needs to be switched on. I simply plug the box in, turn the monitor on, and voila, the GADMEI loader launches. Any way to make the MBP's monitor work like that? I've got Leopard 10.5.2 and Windows XP SP2 and (if it matters) a 9C80 monitor. Thanks!

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  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    OK.. the DVI port on the MBP is OUTPUT only. So I'm wondering how your connecting your Wii to the MacBook Pro... well?
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Why you would want to plug a wii into a laptop is beyond me, but the dvi on the mbp is output only.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    there is no input in for the MBP display, just output so you won't be able to use it as if it were an external display.
     
  5. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The DVI port on the MacBook Pro, or any laptop for that matter, is not a video in port, it is video out only. This means that tuner card probably won't work.

    You have to connect the Wii to the MacBook Pro using a USB or Firewire video capture card. This setup will also require the computer to be on, you to run special software that comes with the card and will have some lag that can sometimes make very fast games difficult.
     
  6. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    I have a similar problem. Try as I might, I cannot shoot bolts of light from my eyes at people that annoy me.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    two thumbs up for an awesome post. :D
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Id recommend to stick with a bigger regular tv when playing a wii
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I have the EyeTV Hybrid and play my Gamecube on my 24" iMac, though I have to admit it still isn't big enough (an MBP screen would suck to play on). And the DVI output issue is pretty funny to me.
    Go buy a TV, man.
     
  10. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    Cool. I was worried nobody would "get" it.:D
     
  11. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    I tried to connect my PS2 to my laptop with a USB TV tuner once, and although I got video and sound on the laptop, games were not playable because of a 1-second lag between the time I pressed a button on the controller and the time the result happened on the screen. It was possible to watch TV since sound and video were delayed equal amounts.

    The product linked to above does appear to work with games, but if you use anything else, expect a lot of lag.
     
  12. Vedhead macrumors member

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    get darwiin remote...it will let you control your MBP with your Wiimote. As for connecting the Wii itself, sounds like a job for Ben Heck (of whatever his name is)...
     
  13. mankar4 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to have that problem, but it looks like 10.5.2 has solved it for me.
     
  14. katejones macrumors regular

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    Well at least you will be able to use wiisaber ! love that app
     
  15. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

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    This is like the second or third time I've seen someone wanting to hook up their console to a MBP and every time it makes me wonder for what purpose they would want to do this. I mean do they just not own a TV or a larger external LCD they can hook it up to or what. A laptop display is just much too small and imperfect to bother.
     
  16. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    Eyetv Hybrid.

    Just go get a tv or something like this that I have, Gateway FHD2400.
     
  17. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    Lucky ba$*#&d
     
  18. mrmacosx thread starter macrumors member

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    RE: Wii on MacBook Pro's monitor

    Ha! Agreed.

    You think I'm lying eh? Well, there's like 5 cables that come with it and one fit, like it should according to the instruction manual.

    Well, there's a reason why I don't use a TV, as the only TV in the house always has one or the other grandparent in front of it.

    True. To me, DVI is DVI. So, the EyeTV isn't a great option either? And no, I can't afford a TV. I might be spoiled for my age, but I'm only 11! I just used most(like 9/10) of my savings for what, the last couple years on the MBP.

    Yeah, my parents do have a 17" external display that I'm using right now, but like I said above, I can't carry it out to the living room where there's more space. And at least I'm not using a MacBook monitor, or even an Eee PC monitor!
     
  19. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Good lord 11?!? Man thats young! Might as well bought a macbook and a nice 32-37" hdtv. Or used the eyetv budget to buy an edtv or just bought a tv before the wii.

    How do u afford games for the wii kid??
     
  20. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    You're not spoiled if you bought the machine.
    Yeah the Elgato EyeTV is exactly what you want then, it'll do the job if getting a TV isn't an option (I didn't realize your age).
     
  21. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I might refer you to the forum rules.
     
  22. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    This thread went downhill and descended into talk about piracy and as such is closed.
     
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