How to Connect XBOX 360
This is the back of the Xbox 360. The ports for the power cable, A/V
cable, and ethernet cable are pretty easy to find. When you set up your
Xbox 360, make sure it is in a well ventilated area that is free of
dust. Dust and overheating are the two main causes of problems in
electronics so choosing the right placement for your Xbox 360 is
This is the standard Xbox 360 A/V cable that comes with the premium
version of the Xbox 360. The wide silver end connects to your Xbox 360
while the other end connects to your TV. The Yellow (video) cable is
for standard, non-HDTV sets. You will also use the Red+White audio
cables for a standard set. If you have a newer TV or an HDTV set, you
can use the Red+Green+Blue video connections along with the Red+White
This shot shows what the back of most TVs look like. If you have a
standard TV, you'll only have the Yellow+Red+White connections. If you
have a newer TV or HDTV, you should have the same connections that are
shown in the pic. This step isn't too hard since the cables from the
Xbox 360 and ports on the back of your TV are all color-coded.
If, and only if, you have an HDTV and want to use your Xbox 360 in
480p, 720p, or 1080i resolutions you have to slide a little switch over
on your A/V cable. On the end of the A/V cable that connects to the
Xbox 360, there is a little switch that you'll need to click over. If
you do not have an HDTV, you can skip this step.
Now that you have the audio/video cables connected, the next step is to
hook up the power supply. Connect the two parts as shown in the picture
and then connect the "power brick" end to your Xbox 360 and the other
end to a wall outlet. The big power brick needs plenty of ventilation
just like the main system so try to have an open space on a shelf for
it. It is not recommended that you set it on the carpet.
Once you have everything hooked up, you are ready to go. Press the large circular power button to get things started. If
you have a wired controller, plug it into a USB port behind the little
USB door. If you have a wireless controller, hold the silver "X" button
in the middle of the controller until the upper left quadrant of the
system power button as well as the ring around the "X" button on the
controller light up. If it doesn't light up, press the controller
connect button on the Xbox 360 as well as the connect button on the top
of the controller.
If this is the first time the system has been used, you'll have to go
through an onscreen setup process. This is simply setting up your
player profile, choosing HDTV settings if available, and/or signing up
for Xbox Live service. The system walks you through everything.
Now you are ready to play.