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Old 11-30-2006, 04:53 PM
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Laptop as screen

Anyone know of a way I can use my laptop as a screen to hook up a console to? I'm at university and I don't have a tv. Is there some kind of device I can buy that maybe plugs into the USB port and makes it possible to use the laptop screen as a tv screen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:35 PM
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Re: Laptop as screen

No, I doubt it, I'm not exactly sure though. Consoles like PS2 or Xbox probably wouldn't have the expandible function to do that.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:40 PM
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Well, I'm getting the Wii on the 8th of December and if I can avoid buying the cheapest 13 inch tv I can find. I'd be happy.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:45 PM
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Re: Laptop as screen

The only suggestion I can say here. Is try to find a laptop with AV cable enabled activities.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:56 PM
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Re: Laptop as screen

A USB video converter would do the trick. The important thing is to find one with negligible latency when you intend to use it for your display. I can say from experience that the Plextor PX-AV100 ($70) works well. I wouldn't know about any others.
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:33 PM
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Awesome, thanks.
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Old 11-30-2006, 07:07 PM
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Re: Laptop as screen

I believe some TV tuners can also do the job. But F3 seems to be on the ball with this one.

Edit: Make sure to note that according to one of the reviewers, the max resolution possible is 640x480. That means no widescreen for a Wii, and no HD for anything else. (Though most HD is scaled to 640x360 when sent to a computer anyways.)
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Old 11-30-2006, 09:06 PM
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A USB video converter would do the trick. The important thing is to find one with negligible latency when you intend to use it for your display. I can say from experience that the Plextor PX-AV100 ($70) works well. I wouldn't know about any others.
The latency is negligible, but it'll be noticeable in twitch games like shooters. Zelda will be fine, but don't expect to be playing xbox live with the thing.
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:19 PM
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It wasn't noticeable on Halo 2 Live when Davidgojr was producing Click Boom and the Memo 2 Bungie montages, which is why I suggest it.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:56 PM
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It wasn't noticeable on Halo 2 Live when Davidgojr was producing Click Boom and the Memo 2 Bungie montages, which is why I suggest it.
Was he actually playing through it, or just using it to record? (I'm not trying to discredit you, I'm just curious, as I'd really like to find a lag free capture card)
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:28 AM
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Yeah, he uses his computer monitor to play.

I just picked up an ATI TV Wonder 200 (PCI) today and it works without any noticeable lag as well, though I haven't taken it on Live yet.
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