WikiWirral: mothers_day 1
Forum Stats
12251 Members
65 Forums
72896 Topics
982646 Posts
98 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
124 registered (alan128, 19 invisible), 2558 Guests and 269 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Incident at Westminster 1460
boom 1394
Martin Mcguinness dies 726
Council tax bill for this year 2017 504
File too large 489
Offset number plates 483
Port Sunlight 321
ford focus 1.6 t reg rattling 293
William Bernard's building, Birkenhead 262
What does this all mean? 229
New General Forums
hi
by norma67
18 minutes 38 seconds ago
Clocks go Forward
by Mark
Yesterday at 03:01 PM
Mannequin Challenge AKA MRI Scan
by fish5133
24th Mar 2017 11:20am
Surely the most honest add.....
by buddy
20th Mar 2017 5:43pm
New Wirral History
William Bernard's building, Birkenhead
by yoller
20th Mar 2017 4:27pm
1882 Plan of the borough of Birkenhead and Wards
by Dave_Wood
19th Mar 2017 11:57am
New Brighton Coop
by Mike_White
9th Mar 2017 12:48pm
Tranmere High School for Girls 1882 Chesnut Grove
by sarah708
6th Mar 2017 8:23pm
Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead
by MoretonExpat
6th Mar 2017 8:04am
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
Birkenhead Transport Museum 24th Feb 2017
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Topic Replies
hi
by Dilly
2 minutes 59 seconds ago
What song are you listening to?
by snowshoes
42 minutes 15 seconds ago
boxed 10 inch tablet for sale
by stumpyduck
51 minutes 43 seconds ago
Incident at Westminster
by eddtheduck
Today at 05:17 PM
New Brighton Coop
by Raven61
Today at 05:12 PM
boom
by _Ste_
Today at 04:35 PM
Another Terrorist Attack ? -London Islington
by fish5133
Today at 03:03 PM
Huge Gas Explosion in New Ferry Sat 25/03/17
by Dogwalker59
Today at 10:36 AM
Planet Earth Tonight
by Excoriator
Today at 10:31 AM
March
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Planet Earth Tonight
by Excoriator
Today at 10:31 AM
Lee and Cragg Quarries - Bacup
by Mark
23rd Mar 2017 7:43am
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#550384 - 22nd Jul 2011 9:13am 10 things you may not know about xbox 360
zippy
Unregistered


1. Connect your Xbox 360 to two screens at once


If you’ve got one of the component/composite dual video cables – the one that comes in the box with most 360s – you can have your console display its gamey goodness on two TVs simultaneously. The trick is to flick the cable’s switch to Standard Definition but hook up the composite (yellow) cable to one screen and the component (the red, green, blue) cables to another. It won’t be high-def, but it could be handy if you’re staging a mini LAN party and want to set up a display for bored spectators to point their eyes at.

2. Play your own music in original Xbox games

That you can fire up your own MP3s during a 360 game is common knowledge (and re-soundtracking moody horror games with the Benny Hill theme tune never stops being funny), but it doesn’t work if you’re playing a title from the original Xbox. There’s a way around it – start playing your album or playlist before you load the game, and it’ll keep on playing once you do fire the title up. The game’s own music won’t be muted, however, so if you can’t do that in its settings you’ll go mad from the weird cacophony.

3. It can write its own blog

Ah, the internet – founded upon crazy men making crazy things for free. Such as a blog supposedly written by your 360, based on what you’ve been using it for. It monitors your Live account and automatically generates entries about what it’s been up to that day (or what it hasn’t been up to – expect many posts about neglect if you don’t turn it on for a while). The tone is very much American geek, but it’s a fun record of your own gaming habits, and of keeping an eye on what your chums are up to. Get set up at www.360voice.com.

4. Play Xbox 360 games online for free – without a Live account

That you have to pay a subscription for online gaming, something that’s free on other consoles and on the PC, is perhaps the 360’s greatest bugbear. Stage your own form of peaceful process by playing online without paying a penny. You’ll need XLink Kai, a free app you run from a PC on the same network as the console that tricks the 360 into thinking the internet is a LAN.

So it’ll treat remote opponents as though they’re in the same room as you – and you don’t have to pay for local multiplayer. Clever! One snag – Microsoft has set the 360 to boot out anyone with a ping higher than 30ms, so you’ll have to be selective about who you play with. Local chums are best, not your Chinese penpal.

5. Interact with your Xbox 360 music

Hit X whilst playing a music CD or file (whether from the 360’s hard drive, an MP3 player you’ve plugged in, or streamed from a PC) and you’ll enter Psychedelic Wonderland. Well, some artful visualisations, anyway. Grab a controller or two (or up to four, as it happens) and start moving thumbpads and pressing buttons to interact with the crazed shifting colours. There are actually some fairly elaborate controls – read the full manual at http://www.llamasoft.co.uk/x360manual.php. Good at parties, this.

6. Connect your Xbox 360 to a wireless network without an official adaptor

The good News is you don’t have to drop £50 on Microsoft’s offensively overpriced Wi-Fi adaptor. The bad News is you’ll need a laptop with W-Fi to do it. Head to Control Panel – Network Connections (In Windows XP) or Network & Sharing Center – Manage Network Connections (in Vista). Select the Local Area Connection and the Wireless Network Connection at once, then right-click and hit ‘bridge connections’.

Disconnect then reconnect to your wireless network, run a network cable from the laptop’s Ethernet port to the 360’s, and you should be good to go. Unfortunately, you may have to remove the bridge (repeat the above process and you’ll see the option) whenever you want to browse the net with the laptop.

7. Play music from your iPod

Not a secret as such, but Microsoft doesn’t exactly shout about the fact it plays nice with a device made by uber-rival Apple. Hidden in the depths of the Marketplace, you’ll find a teeny download called ‘optional iPod support’. Once you’ve grabbed that, plug in your iPod (iPhones aren’t supported yet, sadly) and head to the Media Blade. You’ll see your pod appear there, and can now browse its music by album, artist, genre or whatever. It’ll also charge via the USB port, usefully.

8. Reset your Xbox 360 video settings

Remember this one if you’re in the habit of carrying your console to chum’s houses and hooking it up to different displays. It can end up trying to output the wrong signal, so you can’t see anything or get a flickering screen. Fortunately, there’s a fairly simple fix if this happens. Remove any discs from the tray and turn the thing off. Then turn it on using a gamepad. As it boots, hold down the Y button, then hit and hold the right trigger. The video settings will reset to default, and you’ll stop your sobbing.

9. Play any media file, plus online videos on your Xbox 360

Free app Tversity neatly sidesteps the pointless video/audio restrictions Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo alike slap on their consoles, making them able to play any format. Again, you’ll need a PC on the same network, but it’s a simple matter of installing the program and having it scan the folders you keep your media in. It’ll replace the standard network file-sharing system Windows uses, but behaves pretty much the same way at the 360’s end. As well as that, it’ll convert unsupported files on the fly – though you’ll need a pretty beefy PC to do this with large video files, otherwise you’ll be waiting ages. You can also add online video URLs on the PC’s end – including Youtube – and then access those from the console.

10. Use any HDMI cable and still get digital surround sound

Though the newer 360s have an HDMI output for optimal video quality, they’ve built the ports in such a way that you can’t have the standard component/composite video cable, with its crucial optical audio output, plugged in at the same time as HDMI. Instead, you’re supposed to drop a frightening amount of money on the official HDMI cable with audio adapter. Balls to that. See the big plastic box at the end of the standard video cable that connects to the console? Wedge a knife or screwdriver into the join and twist to pop it off. The result looks messy, but is small enough to plug in alongside a standard, cheapo HDMI cable.

Top
Digital Wirral : Advertising
Click me for more Information......


Looking for a Service / Tradesman? Look in our Local Business Directory. Click Me
#550389 - 22nd Jul 2011 9:25am Re: 10 things you may not know about xbox 360 [Re: ]
Snickas Offline

Forum Addict

Registered: 6th Jul 2011
Posts: 1175
Loc: Wallasey
will be showing my boys this later! I'm paying 3 x £5.99 a month subscriptions (they have xbox's each in their rooms here!)

thanks zippy!

Top

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
hi
by norma67
21 minutes 37 seconds ago
Huge Gas Explosion in New Ferry Sat 25/03/17
by Dogwalker59
Today at 10:36 AM
Snowhite's Bird Rescue
by diggingdeeper
Today at 02:44 AM
boom
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 09:39 PM
Planet Earth Tonight
by granny
Yesterday at 11:50 AM
For Sale & Free
boxed 10 inch tablet for sale
by stumpyduck
51 minutes 43 seconds ago
various fly reels and boxes of fly's
by brady
Yesterday at 10:48 AM
Challenge extreme angle grinder used once
by brady
Yesterday at 10:43 AM
White Hyundai I30, 2011 plate For sale, 1.4 petrol
by goodoldphil
24th Mar 2017 6:24pm
I am having a clear out!
by TheComputerLab
24th Mar 2017 4:01pm
Featured Member
Registered: 14th Aug 2009
Posts: 181
Newest Members
norma67, shelleyc1990, Chippy, Onetoughcookie, Monkeyboyliam121
12251 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
lansyp (49)
New Wirral Info
Planet Earth Tonight
by granny
Yesterday at 11:50 AM
Reclaimed floorboards needed.
by Gold_Moon
Yesterday at 10:45 AM
Has Talktalk been hacked yet again?
by Habdab
24th Mar 2017 10:25am
What does this all mean?
by venice
22nd Mar 2017 12:20pm
black contiboard locally?
by fish5133
21st Mar 2017 9:30pm
News : New Topics
Another Terrorist Attack ? -London Islington
by fish5133
Today at 03:03 PM
Huge Gas Explosion in New Ferry Sat 25/03/17
by Dogwalker59
Today at 10:36 AM
boom
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 09:39 PM
Incident at Westminster
by granny
22nd Mar 2017 3:40pm
Martin Mcguinness dies
by Dilly
21st Mar 2017 9:29am
New Enthusiast Forums
Snowhite's Bird Rescue
by diggingdeeper
Today at 02:44 AM
Offset number plates
by venice
23rd Mar 2017 1:24am
File too large
by Dilly
20th Mar 2017 10:41am
ford focus 1.6 t reg rattling
by Little_B
19th Mar 2017 11:02pm
Alloys refurb and colour change. The Wheel Deal.
by TheComputerLab
18th Mar 2017 9:17am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
boom 1394
Snowhite's Bird Rescue 98
Huge Gas Explosion in New Ferry Sat 25/03/17 76
Another Terrorist Attack ? -London Islington 40
hi 5
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Sun 6:58am
Sunset Sun 7:37pm
Local Time Sun 8:04pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .