Monitor Armageddon

October 25, 2007 · 1 comment

For my birthday, I received a brand spanking new Halo 3  Edition Xbox 360, Halo 3, Bioshock, and a 1-yr subscription to Xbox Live from my family.  Yes, I know… what an amazing birthday present, and yes, my family kicks some serious arse.  The wonderful thing about the Halo 3 Edition Xbox 360 is that, like the Elite version, it has an HDMI port built in.  Since I have a Dell 3007WFP-HC Monitor, the inclusion of the HDMI port is a godsend since it should allow me to connect my beautifully large monitor to my spiffy new Xbox 360, and getting the two connected should be as simple as buying a DVI-HDMI adapter and plugging the monitor into the back of the Xbox 360.  If only it were that simple…

Halo 3 Edition Xbox 360Dell 3007WFP-HC

As it turns out, it’s possible but not quite plug and play.  If you’re trying to recreate this setup at home, here’s what you’ll need:

  1. DVI->HDMI Adapter
  2. Xbox 360 with HDMI
  3. Second Display

First, hook up your Xbox 360 to the second display.  Once it has booted into the Xbox Dashboard, navigate to the System Blade and select Console Settings->Display->Screen Resolution.  You should now see a list of different resolutions (640×480, 848×480, 1024×768, 1280×1024, etc.).  The Dell 3007WFP-HC doesn’t perform any scaling , and consequently, supports only two resolutions: 1280×800 (single-link) or 2560×1920 (dual-link).  The Xbox 360 supports a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 so we’re forced to use the monitor’s single-link resolution.  Since the Xbox 360 doesn’t support 1280×800 exactly, we’ll select the next closest resolution at 1280×768.  After selecting this resolution from the list, you can now plug the 30" Dell 3007WFP-HC monitor into the back of your Xbox 360 using the DVI->HDMI Adapter.  Congratulations!  You’re all done!

Master Chief

So now I’ve got my giant 30" Dell  monitor hooked up to my Xbox 360, but there’s one caveat.  Since the Xbox 360 is only outputting 1280×768 and the monitor requires a resolution of exactly 1280×800, the bottom 12 pixels of the screen are a repeat of the top 12 pixels of the screen.  While not a deal breaker, it can be a little bit distracting and annoying at times (i.e., if the top part of the screen is very bright and the bottom is very dark).  Oh well, it’s time for the Master Chief to get back to saving the world!

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1 isaacw April 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for writing this. I also have the same monitor and an xbox 360 with HDMI and was curious if it would work. Now that I’ve found your post, I needn’t wonder anymore!

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