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TitleXbox 360 for Dummies (ISBN - 0471771805)
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File Size8.6 MB
Total Pages362
Table of Contents
                            About the Authors
Authors’ Acknowledgments
Contents at a Glance
Table of Contents
	What’s in This Book
	How to Use This Book
	How This Book Is Organized
	Icons Used in This Book
	Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1: Meet the Xbox 360
	Parents, Start Here
	Playing with an Xbox 360
	Xbox 360 Packages
	Shopping Smart
	Making Your Way around the Xbox 360
	Connecting to Your Home or the World
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Xbox 360
	Opening the Box
	Planning Your Xbox 360 Installation
	Connecting the Xbox 360 to a TV
	Connecting Your Sound System
	Connecting to the Internet
	Flipping the Switch and Testing
	Troubleshooting Error Messages
Chapter 3: Dealing with the Dashboard
	Initial Setup
	Finalizing Setup Details
	Introducing Blades
	Multiple Gamers
Chapter 4: The Live Blade
	What’s Xbox Live?
	Send and Receive Messages
	Using the Xbox Live Marketplace
	Finding Out What’s Happening Online
Chapter 5: The Media Blade
	DVD Movies
	Accessing Your PC
	USB Media Devices
Chapter 6: The System Blade
	Setting Up with the System Blade
	Console Settings
	Family Settings
	Network Settings
	Initial Setup
Chapter 7: The Games Blade
	Saying Hi to the Games Blade
	Listing Your Achievements
	Reviewing Played Games
	Playing Games on Xbox Live Arcade
	Playing Demos and Viewing Trailers
Chapter 8: HDTV, EDTV, Plain Old TV
	Television Basics
	Thinking about a New TV
	Using a Computer Monitor
	Recording Your Games for Fun and Posterity
Chapter 9: Getting the Best Audio Experience
	Xbox 360 Game Sound
	Hooking Up Xbox 360 Sound
	Great Sound Systems
	Buying a New Home Theater System
Chapter 10: Customizing Your Console
	Wireless Accessories
Chapter 11: Parental Control
	Rating Systems
	Controlling Access
	Xbox Live
	Family Rules
Chapter 12: LAN Parties
	What’s a LAN Party?
	Play Games with Your “Real” Friends
	System Link
	Going Mobile
Chapter 13: Windows Media Center Extender
	What Is Media Center?
	Setting Up the Xbox 360 as an Extender
	Comparing Media Center with TiVo
	Getting Windows XP Media Center Edition
	Using Media Center through Your Xbox 360
Chapter 14: Ten Great Web Sites
Chapter 15: More Than Ten Great Games
	Perfect Dark Zero
	Kameo: Elements of Power
	Project Gotham Racing 3
	Top Spin 2
	Gears of War
	Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
	Quake 4
	Dead or Alive 4
	Halo Series
	Call of Duty 2
	Condemned: Criminal Origins
	Full Auto
	Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Parents
	Gaming Safely
	Communicating with Your Family
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Make Friends
	Xbox Live
	Online Communities
	The Real World
Chapter 18: Ten Great Accessories
	Memory Devices
	Wireless Gaming
	Xbox 360 Headset
	Windows Media Center PC
	Video Connections
Appendix: Original Xbox Games
	Hard Drives
	Software Downloads
	Compatible Xbox Games
Document Text Contents
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Xbox 360™


by Brian “Brize” Johnson and
Duncan “Festive Turkey” Mackenzie

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The manufacturer sometimes covers this input to prevent dust from
damaging the input. Check your input; it may be covered by either

• A plastic shutter that moves automatically when you plug the con-
nector in

• A small square-shaped plug in the input

If the input has a plug, pull it out now.

4. Switch your receiver over to the digital audio source.

5. Fire up the Xbox 360 and pick the appropriate digital output type in
the System blade.

The following section shows you how.

Digital output options
You can configure the Xbox 360 console’s digital output to either digital
stereo or Dolby Digital.

Dolby Digital setup
You definitely want this digital connection option if you’re connecting your
Xbox 360 to a device that either

� Has the Dolby Digital logo

� States that it supports Dolby Digital in the manual

Dolby Digital can support 5.1 surround sound (a system with five full-range
speakers plus a subwoofer; you can read about surround sound and sub-
woofers in the sections, “Surround sound” and “Subwoofer,” later in this

Dolby Digital (which is also known as AC-3) is the standard audio encoding
on DVD movies.

If your audio system uses Dolby Digital, follow these steps to set up your
Xbox 360 console for digital audio:

1. Open the System blade of the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

2. Select Console Settings from the list of options and then press the A

3. Select Audio from the list of options and then press the A button.

You see two options, Analog Output and Digital Output.

4. Choose Digital Output and press the A button.

Under Digital Output, you have three choices — Digital Stereo, Dolby
Digital 5.1, or Dolby Digital with WMA Pro.

5. Select Dolby Digital 5.1 and press the A button.

161Chapter 9: Getting the Best Audio Experience

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162 Part III: Xbox 360 in Your Entertainment System

Windows Media Professional audio
Selecting Dolby Digital with WMA Pro affects
the optical output only when you

� Listen to audio encoded in the Windows
Media Professional format

� View videos encoded in WMV-HD (Windows
Media Video — High Definition), which
encode their audio as WMA Pro

� Play sound through a receiver that supports
WMA Pro input via optical

Your receiver also needs to support Dolby
Digital because enabling WMA Pro automati-
cally enables Dolby Digital as well. The output
switches between the two formats, depending
on what the content you’re viewing or listening
to has available.

If your sound system is compatible with
Windows Media Professional, follow these steps
to set up your Xbox 360 for WMA Pro output:

1. Select Console Settings from the list of
options and then press the A button.

2. Select Audio from the list of options and
press A.

You see two options, Analog Output and
Digital Output.

3. Choose Digital and then press the A button.

Under Digital Output, you have three
choices — Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1,
and Dolby Digital with WMA Pro (as shown
in the figure).

4. Select Dolby Digital with WMA Pro and
press the A button.

Consider using the Pro version of WMA when
ripping music from CDs onto your PC. You can’t
get WMA Pro as a format choice when ripping
CDs through Windows Media Player, but you can
get it when doing your own audio/video author-
ing by using the Windows Media Encoder.
ult.aspx for more information and to download
the encoding software.

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