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How to Use a Laptop Monitor to Play Xbox

Updated April 17, 2017

There are multiple reasons to use a laptop screen as a viewing device for the Microsoft Xbox gaming system. You can connect an Xbox to the laptop through several methods. The choice you use will depend on your budget and your laptop. Some laptops are equipped with the capability of using the screen for other purposes. Inspect the laptop to determine what type of connectivity your laptop provides.

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  1. Plug the S-video or VGA cable into both the Xbox and the laptop. Although you may have an S-video port on your computer, it may not be input capable. Check your computer's manual.

  2. Connect the 3.5mm audio adaptor into the microphone port of the laptop. An S-video cable will not need a separate audio adaptor.

  3. Locate your computer's "Display Settings." This step will vary depending on the type of computer and operating system you are using.

  4. Choose the option to "Extend desktop onto this monitor." The laptop will assume that you are connecting a desktop computer. Depending on the type of computer you have, it may have already switched to this display when you plugged the device into the computer.

  5. Adjust the "Display Setting" on the Xbox to "Wide screen" or "Full screen" to match the type of laptop screen you have.

  6. Connect the VGA to USB adaptor to the VGA cable.

  7. Plug the VGA to USB adaptor into one of the laptop's USB 2.0 ports. Connect the other end of the VGA cable to the Xbox.

  8. Connect the 3.5mm audio adaptor into the microphone port of the laptop.

  9. Connect the RCA cables to the video capture card. These cables are colour-coded; simply match the coloured holes with the coloured plugs.

  10. Connect the other end of the RCA cable to the Xbox. You will not need separate audio cables. The audio will run through the RCA cable.

  11. Plug the USB end of the capture card into the computer. Follow the on-screen directions when they pop up.

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Things You'll Need

  • Laptop
  • Xbox
  • S-Video cable
  • VGA cable
  • Audio adaptor
  • VGA to USB adaptor
  • Video capture card
  • RCA cables

About the Author

Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.

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