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How to Connect a Playstation 2 (PS2) to a Computer Monitor (LCD)

How to Connect a Playstation 2 (PS2) to a Computer Monitor (LCD)

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This guide will show you how to connect a Playstation 2 and computer to a LCD monitor, and switch between the two on the fly. It will also cover using a component PS2 cable to get a sharper image compared to the regular composite PS2 cable.

Caution: When using a component cable, Playstation 1 games won't work well. If you need to play PS1 games on your PS2, you should stick with the original composite cable and find a switch box that supports it (not covered in this guide).


Requirements


Your computer monitor must have a VGA port (it can also have DVI, HDMI, and other ports).


Where To Buy


I will have links to the products you'll need throughout the guide. You can purchase them at Amazon if you don't have them. I recommend reading through the entire guide first, figuring out what items you need, and then buying all at once to avoid paying extra shipping.


Glossary


Here are some terms used in this guide that you should be familiar with:

  • A/V - Audio and video.
  • Source - Where the video or audio signal originates from. For the purposes of this guide, the source will be either the Playstation 2 or the computer.
  • Input & Output - The signal that a device receives is input, and the signal that it sends out is output.
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI - Common video connections used by computer monitors.
  • Composite & Component - Two different types of A/V cables. The PS2 ships with composite, but an aftermarket component cable will give a better image.


The Switch Box


The switch box is the device that makes it all work. It is also often called a converter. It takes A/V signals from the Playstation 2 and computer, and allows you to switch which one goes to the monitor and sound system on the fly.

You'll need a switch box that accepts the correct type of input. For the best quality, use a component cable for the PS2 connection and not the original composite one.

Recommended products:
Component Switch Box
Component Switch Box
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Component Cable
Component Cable
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Connecting Everything


Connecting the Playstation 2 is simple. Just connect the component cable to your Playstation 2 and switch box. There are five color-coded ports on the switch box that will match the component cable to make it easy.

For the computer, it can be a little confusing, so I have broken it down into video and audio:

Video
Here is an image showing the common computer plugs in case you are unsure of what you have.

DVI VGA HDMI DisplayPort

VGA - If your monitor connects to the computer using a VGA cable, start by disconnecting the monitor from the computer. Plug the VGA cable from the computer to the VGA-IN input on the switch box. Then use another VGA cable to connect the monitor to the VGA-OUT output on the switch box.

DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort - If your computer connects to your monitor using DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort, leave your computer connected to your monitor. Then use a VGA cable to connect the VGA port on the monitor to the VGA-OUT output on the switch box. You'll now have two video cables going into your monitor, and you will need to switch video sources directly on the monitor when you want to switch between PS2 and computer.

You may need:
Extra VGA Cable
Extra VGA Cable
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Audio
If your speakers connect to your computer using a single 3.5mm (1/8") audio cable, start by disconnecting your speakers from your computer. Plug the audio cable from the speakers to the Audio Output on the switch box. Then use a 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable to connect the computer to the Audio Input on the switch box.

You may need:
Extra Audio Cable
Extra Audio Cable
Amazon.com


Digital & Surround Sound
If your speaker system connects to your computer with a digital coax/optical cable, or you have 3 analog 3.5mm cables (for surround sound), things will get a little more complicated. If your sound system has multiple input sources, you can use both digital and analog, and use the sound system controls to switch between them.

For example: I have a 5.1 Logitech speaker system, which has both direct analog inputs as well as digital coax and optical inputs. I connect the 3 analog cables from the speaker controller to my computer, and a digital optical cable from the controller to my PS2. To play the PS2 I press the Source button on the controller to change the source from analog direct (computer) to digital optical (PS2).

Another option is to just unplug the sound cable from your computer and plug it into the VGA box or the PS2. But you will have to swap cables each time you switch.


Diagrams


Here are some helpful diagrams showing how everything hooks up.

If your monitor normally uses VGA, you only have to change sources on the switch box to change between PS2 and computer:

VGA Diagram


If your monitor normally uses DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort, you must change the source used by your monitor as well as the switch box each time you want to change between PS2 and computer:

DVI HDMI Diagram
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Comments (33)

Blaise   Feb 07, 2018
How can I play with a vga to female rca cable from my monitor to ps2?
Yoni Linder   May 15, 2017
Nick Vogt David Perry I am getting the same problem; Audio only, no video.
Nick Vogt   May 03, 2017
I don't think so, since the laptop screen can't take any input from another device.
Jonathan Ovinge   May 03, 2017
does this work for a laptop?
Petr Lazecky   Aug 04, 2016
No, it does not work due to video signal that is going out of PS2.
David Kinnicutt   Jul 19, 2016
Nick Vogt I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger and order it since it is alot cheaper than a switch box. I will report back when I get it.
Nick Vogt   Jul 19, 2016
If you're looking to hook up a Playstation 2 directly to a computer monitor, I think that adapter may be useful. Assuming you have the Playstation 2 component cable, which goes to that component-to-vga adapter, and then a VGA cable to go from that adapter to the monitor. I haven't tried this myself though, so am not certain.
David Kinnicutt   Jul 18, 2016
I mean gaming purposes
David Kinnicutt   Jul 18, 2016
https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-6-Inch-Component-Breakout-Adapter/dp/B00213KFHW/ref=sr_1_2?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1468905762&sr=1-2&keywords=ypbpr+to+vga would this work? I do not have my monitor for computer purposes just gaming
Nick Vogt   Apr 18, 2016
Yes, though some switch boxes use the PC's USB port for power. The one linked in this post uses a power adapter though, so that wouldn't be a problem.
Adam Shimota   Apr 18, 2016
Will this work without actually hooking my computer to the box? Could I play using only a PS2, the box, my monitor, and some speakers?
Mark Logan   Feb 07, 2016
Nick Vogt thank you
Nick Vogt   Feb 07, 2016
It looks like it may work. I cannot say 100 for sure though.
Mark Logan   Feb 07, 2016
http://www.ebay.com/itm/External-LCD-CRT-VGA-TV-PC-Monitor-Digital-Program-Receiver-Tuner-Box-HDTV-06U9-/301709661874 would this work as a switch box. it is a tv tuner and i am wondering if it is the same/works the same
Nick Vogt   Jan 26, 2016
That is very strange. No idea why you'd get B&W video with that other cable. The component cable (not composite) when used with the component switch box and with everything plugged in properly should result in reliable video and audio. There's a small chance one of the things you got is defective, but it is more likely it is not plugged in correctly. Beyond what's in this guide, I recommend referring to the manual that came with the component switch box and to see if you can gleen any information from it. In the worst case scenario, you could always try returning the parts and trying new ones or different ones. If you purchased from Amazon, they should have a really easy return system.
David Perry   Jan 26, 2016
I've got a troubleshooting question. Using the component cable from this guide results in no video for me, and an older video cable with only video, left and right audio results in colorless picture.
Nick Vogt   Aug 20, 2015
The audio source should switch at the same time as the video source as long as you have it hooked up with the switch box properly. Plug the 3.5mm audio cable from the speakers to the Audio Output on the switch box. Then use a 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable to connect the computer to the Audio Input on the switch box. That way flipping the switch box button should switch audio sources for your speakers from PS2 to PC.
Joshua Warner   Aug 19, 2015
So far it works great to play the PS2. However, I'm using a standard speaker setup, stereo sound, one 3.5mm jack, and when I turn off my PS2 I don't know how to get the PC sound back other than to take the jack out of the box and put it back into the PC. The extra 3.5mm jack from the PC to the box doesn't seem to do anything.
Nick Vogt   Jul 14, 2015
If you're referring to the PS2 game disc, then you would still insert it into the PS2. This guide isn't about playing PS2 games on your PC. It's about using a PC monitor with your PS2 and PC, and be able to switch between sources.
Kheshav Gunnoo   Jul 13, 2015
does it really work
Kheshav Gunnoo   Jul 13, 2015
please telll me
Kheshav Gunnoo   Jul 13, 2015
tell me where to insert the cd in the pc or the ps2 :/
Charles Cheng   Jul 06, 2015
Thank you sir. The links are exactly what i need, after trying all different kinds of "cable converters" and failing to even find a shred of credibility.
Artem Sweezy   May 15, 2015
Awesome but i aint have a desktop nor my controller is broken.
Joe Sharma   Mar 23, 2013
Can you please post a link to an example switch box that will work? I don't understand this stuff
Albab Nekwork   Mar 18, 2013
main game plok ambo.. puah duk sajer
slipperyeel999   Mar 12, 2013
Question. Is it possible to connect the component cables directly to your monitor using a digital/DVI cable with female leads for the component from the PS2?
Lacika Orban   Mar 09, 2013
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Lacika Orban   Mar 09, 2013
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Balaji   Nov 10, 2012
nice helped me greatly
Kaleem Ansari   Jun 20, 2012
could I connect ps2 to my crt monitor via tv tuner card.is it simple or anything best? please answer
Ke Cl   Jun 08, 2012
so good ; thank u for u'r support
Ajii Nabi Sheikh   Apr 19, 2012
its nice
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