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Connecting a MacBook to a Wii

by Phantom0083 / March 15, 2008 8:44 AM PDT

I'm going to be living on campus next semester and I'll be lacking a Television. I'm curious if it is possible to connect a Wii to my MacBook Pro and use the MacBook as a screen to play my games on. If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know if it's possible, and how or what I need to buy in order to accomplish this.

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Using laptop as a monitor
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 16, 2008 12:06 AM PDT

is probably not going to work as there is nowhere to put the video signal from the Wii into the Laptop.

What "might" be possible is that you purchased a USB TV tuner for the laptop, plug the Wii to it and tune to whatever the Wii puts out.

If the Wii only puts out a finished video signal and not a TV signal, this will not work.

You may want to consider a cheap TV.

I'm sure there are Wii owners out there that will offer other suggestions though.


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That reminds me
by tleMega / March 16, 2008 11:45 AM PDT

I once succeeded in connecting an old (original) Xbox to a portable DVD player. Sound and graphics were sub-par I think, but it worked. Of course, a DVD Player vs. a MBP screen is a large difference.

If you had a converter cable to combine the audio channel cables (red and yellow cables I believe, assuming the Wii uses those standard connection cables), you could physically connect the Wii to the Mac, but you wouldn't get anything from the Wii on the screen, supposing the Wii works as any other console...

Anyway, I agree, with a TV, it would be better.


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(NT) Ah thanks for the suggestions ill give em a shot : )
by Phantom0083 / March 16, 2008 12:33 PM PDT
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Connecting a console to a Mac
by squirri / March 21, 2008 8:18 PM PDT

Check out the Elgato offerings. I have an EyeTV 250 and this has a console setting that is supposed to reduce latency in game play. As someone said earlier, you hook your Wii up to this and tune it to the TV channel it's using

Caveat - I have not tried this and the reviews are mixed.

Check out Elgato's site or the reviews on the Apple Store

Oh - and if you are off to college and they have an aerial point(or a good signal) you can use the Eye to watch/record broadcast analog or digital TV!

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MacBook to Wii
by GFW / March 24, 2008 8:27 AM PDT

A cheap TV is going to cost far less than any solution you could think of, especially if you pick up a used TV set.

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