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Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 5:24:31 PM PDT
I have an HP laptop and an original xbox. Unfortunately, my laptop does not have the RCA cables, although I purchased a female RCA to S-video cable that I thought would convert the xbox to my computer. I was wondering which program I should use (Windows XP OS) and how to make the xbox work.

I also have an Epson EP-721 projector with the same connections. (no RCA connector) and would like to ultimately connect my xbox to my projector.

Any ideas how to connect my original x-box to my laptop/projector??

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 4:51:31 PM PDT
Why would you need to use your laptop at all here? Does your projector have VGA? If so, you need a transcoder and an XBox component cable. The component cable will give you Y-Pb-Pr video signal from the XBox, and the transcoder will turn this into a VGA signal that you can then plug up to your projector with a VGA cable. You'll have to spend a little more money (transcoders cost around $50 or so) than just a simple cable, but you won't need to use your laptop, or any other computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2009 2:26:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2009 2:38:39 PM PDT
a.k.a. says:
First, you need to clarify what connections your projector has. If it is a VGA port then it's not so hard, but if it's a SCSI port then you might need a transcoder. I have a similar connection. But I don't use a transcoder. If your projector has s-video you could just use that connection, but then you would have to use the audio from the projector (which usually isn't very good), and you'd lose out on the HD image. All you need are the Component XBox cables and a Component to VGA cable (6-24 dollars depending on where you buy it). You will also need a F to F triple RCA adapter (.99 cents at your local 99 cent shop). This adapter might cost you more at an electronics shop. The adapter will connect the Component ends of each of your cables. It works fine on my Epson Powerlite S3.

I just googled your Epson-721 projector. there is none, but there is an Optoma EP-721? If this is your model, then you have a VGA port and don't need a transcoder. Hope this helps. Happy Gaming.
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