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How can you connect your Xbox 360 to your computer through a crossover cable

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Hello all,
i have been trying to set up my 360 to play my tv shows from my computer.
i set up a static ip one down from the static ip on my laptop, with the subnet the same...
im at a loss for what to do as the xbox is not pinging.
any help would be great!
thank you
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by:chriselibama
ID: 35116436
there are no firewalls blocking any settings also...thanks!
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Apparently the xbox doesn't respond to a ping except in a test mode.  http://www.xbox360forum.com/xbox-forum/threads/85386-It-s-that-quot-Can-t-ping-my-xBox-quot-issue
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by:chriselibama
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well how can i set up the media extender then if it complains it cant find it?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 35116503
The xbox 360 doesn't need a cross-over cable to connect direct to a PC as it has auto-sensing which allows it to compensate.
However you probably do need the media centre downloadTry the instructions and download here.
Assume you don't have a router as an alternative means of networking the xbox?
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by:chriselibama
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tried the router...out here in Italy makes it extremely difficult to modify our routers. (Its our PPPoE ISP) . I used PFConfig to open the ports but it still doesnt happen...
so id prefer to just do it via crossover cable and watch tv from the xbox.
it tries dhcp but never finds my computer, which is why i did static.
media center is set up on my win7ultimate pc but cries bxc it cant find the 360 , and vice versa.
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Jstncase earned 1000 total points
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On your xbox, under Network Settings, Configure Network, Basic Settings make sure you have set your XBOX to a static IP, gateway will be the IP of your PC as well as DNS being the IP of your PC.

On your computer, you should edit the HOSTS file \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS and add an entry for your XBOX

now from your X360 test the connection to your Media Center or from the My Xbox tab, select Windows Media center. It should detect your PC and ask you about authorizing the Xbox.
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by:chriselibama
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what static ip address / gateway / subnet should i use on the computer  / xbox?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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If you've no other devices with an IP address than the PC and console then just increase the last octet of the IP address by one (so if the PC is 192.168.1.10 make the xbox 192.168.1.11) if you've other devices make sure they all have fixed addresses and make the xbox one more than the highest last octet number.
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by:chriselibama
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what about the subnet and gateway and dns?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Jstncase has already covered this. The subnet is the same as the subnet for the PC and both DNS and gateway are the IP address of the PC.
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by:chriselibama
ID: 35117852
fantastic!
now that i have it pinging, how can i get it to recognize that the media center service is running on my laptop?
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by:chriselibama
ID: 35118166
perfect. had to do some final tweaking on the xbox to tell it to start the extender, but it works now. thank you mucho
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