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Hey guys, I'll try to keep this short and simple.


Got a Wii last year and havent used my xbox360 since. Now that I got a 50" plasma, i want to get going again on my 360, and want to get the VGA cable for it.


NOW, my xbox live membership has expired, and I realize that for me to use the VGA i should really ensure i have the "360 Spring Update" on the system.


Is there a way to get this update without going on XBOX Live? or even if my memebership is expired will XBOXLIve still let me connect to do just updates?


Thanks everyone
 

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Fire up your 360, connect to XBL, and see what happens.



Or, you can connect your VGA to your plasma, without connecting to live, and see if it works.
 

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Your Live membership should still be a Silver account. That will let you get the updates for the system and games.


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Actually, I thought memberships don't 'expire' - they need to be cancelled. You may still be a Gold Member. But, as others have mentioned, you don't need a paid account to connect and get updates, only to play online.
 

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Correct.

Memberships (and gamertags) never expire. When your paid Gold subscription (or free 30 day trial ends) you just get silver service, which is everything except online gameplay.


More importantly, system updates do *not* need a gamertag.

They are separate from and independent of Live.

You don't even need to log on to Live to get them.

(You can't get on Live without them but you can get them without going on Live.)


As stated, to get an update to the 360, you just turn it on with a working network connection. Its all automatic.

(To get the backwards compatibility update, just fire up a non-supported Original XBOX game and it will update. Again, no Live needed.)
 

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BEAUTY - thanks guys. I've been meaning to just try it out the last couple days, but the wifes working nights, which leaves me to be Mr Mom of a 14 month old boy.


Most of my nights have been trying to keep his hands away from my plasma screen until i mount it to the wall.


ANyways, thanks again. I will go online tonight and update it. PS - my account actually didnt expire, i actually cancelled my credit card that i had used for the gold membership so I of course wont be able to play online until i renew.


Now the question is...should i buy the MS VGA cable or one of the cheaper versions and save me 20 bucks???
 

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Originally Posted by sdmfer /forum/post/12897745


Now the question is...should i buy the MS VGA cable or one of the cheaper versions and save me 20 bucks???

The MS Vga cable has the dongle for optical output for audio.
 

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Ok well, i picked up one of the cheaper VGA cables (ASD i think)...anyways it came with the VGA cable, toslink, and a VGA-DVI adapter. Set it all up tonight on my new samsung 50" plasma. i played around a bit and thought, yah this looks good.


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I found the real adjustements on the tv, the KEY is Hometheater PC mode (or something like that)....WOW this thing looks wicked. Perfect picture quality!


My only fear is that maybe i was used to only playing the wii for the last year and thats why eveyrthing looks awesome.
 

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Originally Posted by sdmfer /forum/post/12902626


Ok well, i picked up one of the cheaper VGA cables (ASD i think)...anyways it came with the VGA cable, toslink, and a VGA-DVI adapter. Set it all up tonight on my new samsung 50" plasma. i played around a bit and thought, yah this looks good.


THEN


I found the real adjustements on the tv, the KEY is Hometheater PC mode (or something like that)....WOW this thing looks wicked. Perfect picture quality!


My only fear is that maybe i was used to only playing the wii for the last year and thats why eveyrthing looks awesome.

Your fears are not totally unfounded.



But, depending on the game, the 360 *can* deliver scary good graphics (BioShock, GOW, Halo 3, COD4, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Forza2, PGR4, etc) and excellent gameplay (all of the above minus Assassin's Creed).

The thing to keep in mind is that most TVs don't overscan the VGA port, so what you're seeing is a 1-to-1 mapping of what the 360 puts out. Which is almost often very, very good.

Or better.

So sit back and enjoy...
 

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Your fears are not totally unfounded.



But, depending on the game, the 360 *can* deliver scary good graphics (BioShock, GOW, Halo 3, COD4, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Forza2, PGR4, etc) and excellent gameplay (all of the above minus Assassin's Creed).

The thing to keep in mind is that most TVs don't overscan the VGA port, so what you're seeing is a 1-to-1 mapping of what the 360 puts out. Which is almost often very, very good.

Or better.

So sit back and enjoy...

Yah i hear ya. Agreed. I just tested out Tigerwoods 07 and Burnout Revenge....looks great (especially Burnout). I suppose I'll head out and pick up the newest version of Burnout just released yesterday i think.


Thanks for the input!
 
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