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VGA output for the Wii

There are several cables that allow vga for the wii that are starting to appear in the marketplace. They all have different pros and cons.

Considerations

480i vs 480p

One should purchase 480p if you want VGA output for almost all games, but some games(e.g. Gamecube and some WiiWare[e.g. Megaman 9]) will only work on 480i. This means that if the cable you buy does not support the lower 480i, then you will not see anything when trying to play those games.

Also, you will not see anything if the Wii is set to 480i beforehand; forcing you to move it back to your YV (if you have one available) to set it to 480p there. And since the wii menu is point and click, you can't do it blindly. (Unless you point and click by sound, which is what I did.)

VGA male/female

The output VGA connector may be either male or female, the male end plugs into a monitor(if your monitor has a native vga cable hanging out, you will need to purchase a plug to change its gender).The female one is like a VGA video card connector, it connects any cable that you would normally connect to your pc.

Sound

Beware that not all cables output in Dolby surround sound, most are just stereo. But it depends on the cable.

Models

VDigi

VDigi VGA Wii cable

official site

  • Cost: $40
  • Input: Wii
  • Output: VGA, crippled composite/RCA video, stereo composite audio

Pros:

  • no external power

Cons:

  • absolutely no support for 480i, only 480p
  • only B&W composite output

Reviews:

mayflash

mayflash VGA Wii/PS3 cable

official site

  • Cost: $30
  • Input: Wii, PS3
  • Output: VGA, crippled composite/RCA video, stereo composite audio

Pros:

  • works with PS3 as well
  • no external power

Cons:

  • no support for 480i, only 480p
  • only B&W composite output

X2VGA 2

X2VGA setup

official site

  • Cost: $60
  • Input: Component (2x), VGA
  • Output: VGA

Pros:

  • input from component cables, not proprietary console connectors
  • has plenty of inputs, accepts up to 1080p over component
  • partial support for 480i

Cons:

  • needs external power
  • does not handle audio
  • 480i mode seems to act strange (width is stretched to 2x and has very visible scanlines) when not in 480i EasyView mode.
  • EasyView mode does not seem to be compatible with the HP vs15 monitor. (SquidMan's monitor) If someone else has one, please tell if it works for you =)
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