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    I bought this supposed Gem. It's exhibiting the EXACT same problem I had trying to get a device similar to the HD box pro working.

    I Have the Wii set to 480P output with widescreen setting active. I don't understand why everything I attempt explodes in my face LOL! I've tried a basic VGA to Composite cable, two converter boxes...I'm starting to wonder if my Samsung 2433BW simply doesn't like the signal coming from them.

    There's obviously a signal getting to the monitor. The screen is black, however my monitor won't let me access it's menu. But the video signal is intermittent. When it does come in, it's ugly. Could TWO Wii component cables be bad? One of them probably is, because I hooked it up to the living room HDTV, and it looked really bad! There's like this static noise. And the other cable has a VERY Minor rolling static bar. You have to look for it. Is it possible that these bad signals are fowling up the converter somehow? My Wii's video port appears to be fine. I took it over to my brothers setup, and used ALL of his cables on his HDTV. It was clear as a bell.
    I'm really having a hard time with this guys/girls. Any opinions are VERY welcomed

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    Does your monitor's native resolution match one of the output resolutions of the vga box?

    Quote Originally Posted by omegaman7 View Post
    Could TWO Wii component cables be bad? One of them probably is, because I hooked it up to the living room HDTV, and it looked really bad! There's like this static noise. And the other cable has a VERY Minor rolling static bar. You have to look for it. Is it possible that these bad signals are fowling up the converter somehow? My Wii's video port appears to be fine. I took it over to my brothers setup, and used ALL of his cables on his HDTV. It was clear as a bell.
    I'm really having a hard time with this guys/girls. Any opinions are VERY welcomed
    You can try another Wii component cable for $5 from Amazon. Have you tried using the vga box on your brother's setup?

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    My monitor is 1920 x 1200. Would that really cause an issue? My mother has a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Perhaps I should give that one a shot. My brother only has a 17" Dell monitor with a max of 1024 x 768 if memory serves. His TV does not have VGA connection. It's also rather difficult to get at :S

    Can a person really be comfortable with a 5$ cable? With the luck I'm having with the darn things, I'd almost rather spend $20 on a gold tipped monster cable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegaman7 View Post
    My monitor is 1920 x 1200. Would that really cause an issue? My mother has a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Perhaps I should give that one a shot. My brother only has a 17" Dell monitor with a max of 1024 x 768 if memory serves. His TV does not have VGA connection. It's also rather difficult to get at :S

    Can a person really be comfortable with a 5$ cable? With the luck I'm having with the darn things, I'd almost rather spend $20 on a gold tipped monster cable...
    You didn't answer my question. Does your vga box output your monitor's resolution?

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    Unlikely. Sorry, I assumed (whoops) that you might know that 1920 x 1200 is not a common resolution. At least not in the HD scheme of things 1080P 720P. I guess I assumed when I bought it, that it would simply have bars 60 pixels high on top and bottom. Perhaps my monitor doesn't like that.
    The switch on the VGA box has two settings. 1080i and 480 ~ 1080P. I guess that's fairly flexible. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm gonna get to the bottom of it LOL! When I succeed, or rather discover the issue, I will post about it here. Count on it

    NO, it does not match the resolution of my monitor. Surely it falls within the ballpark. But I guess that's up to my monitor :S

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    I apologize for not editing my previous post. I'm uncertain that emails will be sent :S Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Interesting turn of events. I connected a WD TV Live Plus device to the XCM VGA box. The signal did not come through at first. I simultaneously had composite and Component running from the WD TV device. To a Small tv, and my monitor. Apparently my Monitor likes a YUV output setting. I'm guessing the Wii does not output such a setting. I played with multiple settings on the WD device. 480P, 720P, 1080i, all displayed almost perfectly on my monitor. This is most distressing. I'm now looking sharply at my monitor. I plan on hooking the Wii up to another monitor in the house, and see what happens at some point tonight. If it works, it'll become clear that the Samsung 2433BW does not support the XCM VGA box with the Wii. The Wii is obviously outputting a very specific signal. But perhaps my VGA box is faulty. But then, the WD device works almost perfectly

    I wonder if there is a Wii system menu in the wild, that has more settings? Because I saw one youtube video where a guy had an extra setting. Probably a Pal wii. He had the 480P setting and two other settings. 480i 60Hz, and 480i 50Hz. But then, the VGA box might be converting nearly any signal to an appropriate output to the monitor. Which apparently is not working. More on this later.

    Well, I've now tried two LCD computer monitors. An Asus VH242H, and a Samusng 2433BW. They both exhibit the same problem. What appears to be intermittent video signal. I lean toward the XCM VGA box being defective, but since the WD TV device connected and displayed almost perfectly, I'm not sure what to think. I'm half tempted to give up on adapters, and simply buy another LCD Monitor, which comes with Component capability. E.g. The Dell 2407WFP. I've needed a better monitor for my photoshop needs anyway I may just live with an old style 14" Tv I have on my desk for the time being. It accepts a Composite cable in the front.

    I have heard that the Dell monitors built in upscaler is not very good, but I may be able to live with it. Or I could consider a larger LCD TV, with a similar quality panel. I have seen good LCD TV's, with good viewing angles, and color reproduction. Then I would only have to worry about Over/underscan. But Nvidia and Ati do have tools for correcting the overscan.
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    You could just get the HD Box Pro for around $50. It outputs your monitor's native resolution. HD BOX PRO

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiijacker View Post
    You could just get the HD Box Pro for around $50. It outputs your monitor's native resolution. HD BOX PRO
    I've tried running two devices now that are guaranteed to convert the Wii's video signal. It's become obvious to me, that my Samsung monitor is even more picky than the Wii. I'm through getting my hopes up on this. The HD box pro is highly similar to another device I bought:

    It acted EXACTLY like my current adapter does. I find this very curious...
    My plan is to buy a Dell 2407WFP. Preferably A03 or A04(integrated Component input). I am seeing good buys on ebay. Unfortunately, funds are coming up short. I may have to sell some of my stuff

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    I do not know about the 2407, but I do know the 2405 does not have a scaler, and the 2407 just being a rehash of the 2405, I doubt it will have one also. The multiple inputs are nice though when you need them, the WD Live TV looks pretty good on it through Component


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    Yah, I've read posts about people running the Wii to the Dell monitors. Apparently component looks OK, and the other inputs don't look very good. S-video/composite. I just don't want so many displays on my desk. It's a large desk, and I do love the ability to have multiple PC displays. VERY handy LOL! I multi-task like crazy at times. It is in my best interest to have the Dell monitor. It would likely become my main display, given the IPS panel. I photoshop often I might even consider the 30" dell. But those are expensive. My Graphics processor(GTX 260) could handle it, but If I were to game with it, I'd likely need to upgrade to a better GPU. At least for more modern games. I know GTA IV runs good on my current monitor, but the higher resolution would definitely tax the GTX 260, even though it's more a CPU driven game

    Thanks for all your help guys. MUCH appreciated.

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