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Stepdown for X-Box

Discussion in 'Nintendo Forums' started by Drunken Master, Jan 2, 2002.

  1. Drunken Master

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    I heard a rumour that the X-Box needs a higher powered Stepdown than most normal consoles is this true??
     
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    Hi

    I've heard that a 100w stepdown is the minimum but 150w is recommended.
     
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    The US Xbox can consume up to 100 Watts of power.
    As you will probly be playing the Xbox non-stop I would suggest buying a Heavy Duty Step Down Converter that can handle 100 Watts.

    Look in your local yellow pages and contact a local electrical parts store (like Maplins)

    Or you could just wait and buy a UK Xbox, as the release date is not that far away, and that way you will not need a Stepdown converter as it will be inside the Xbox.

    Anne
     
  4. thestorm

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    Hi Druken Master! :p

    i hope this fax helps, i saw it on www.xbox.com forum,

    **********************************
    * XBOX UK FAQ *
    * *
    * by Tim Newman *
    * *
    * Version 1.0 *
    * *
    **********************************


    1. GETTING THE RIGHT STEPDOWN TRANSFORMER

    As many of you know, the voltages in the UK and
    US are completely different. This means that if
    you plugged your xbox in without using a stepdown
    transformer in europe, the machine would just burn
    out completely, and you would not be able to fix
    the bloody thing without getting a new power supply
    unit, with are not available at this present time
    (keep an eye on http://www.lik-sang.com as they usually
    get these sort of things in. Anyway enough of that,
    lets get down to the dirty work. When i imported my Xbox
    finding the correct stepdown transformer was a real pain.
    I was hearing alot of false information about what kind
    of power the Xbox consumes. After asking Microsoft, they
    kindly gave me an answer, they said that the Xbox cosumes
    UPTO 100watts of power at its peak (IT says this in the
    manual now). As soon as i heard this, i thought that i would
    have a hard job on trying to find a stepdown that would
    give enough power to get the thing going.

    I brought the one from:
    http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/acatalog/testing_file.html#aSDTRANS

    This particular stepdown does get very hot, and of course
    the more i push the xbox, the hotter the stepdown was
    going to get. I have tested this stepdown for about 2 hours
    without having any problems.

    If you have tested any other Stepdown converters with sucess
    please can you contact me with a link to where you
    purchased from.



    2. Scart, S-Video and AV!

    Before i imported my Xbox, i had to check that my TV
    was compatible with the NTSC signal, luckily it was.
    If your TV isnt, then you will have to use
    you XBOX in black and white until they release a
    RGB scart lead with is availble only in the UK, and
    these babies are going to appear around March 2002.

    At the moment i use the standard AV cable that comes
    with the XBOX unit itself, this cable does not give
    the best picture in the world, but it will get me by
    untill the scart lead comes out.

    My Television, does not support S-Video either. But
    for those of you that have a TV that supports
    S-VIDEO, then i suggest that you order yourself
    one of the S-VIDEO cables, these are availabe at:

    http://www.lik-sang.com/catalog/product_info.php?category=53&products_id=1477&



    3. PAL/NTSC Games.

    If you order a nice US Xbox, then you are guaranteed to get
    the full speed, 60hz gameplay. In the UK, games are normally
    slowed down by 15%, maeaning that they are boardered. It was
    like this with my Dreamcast much of the time.
    Game developers have realised that us european people would
    also like our games UN-CRIPPLED! so now that are starting
    to add 50/60 hz switches in games. Lets hope that this
    is the same for Xbox when it is released over here in March
    2002.

    Nobody knows yet, if the Xbox will be able to play games
    from all around the world, without the need for any MODDing
    of the machine. I will update this scetion as soon as more
    information becomes available.

    4 DVD Playback.

    US Xboxes will only be able to play DVDs that are Region 1.
    As far as i know there are no ways to make the Xbox mutli
    region DVD compatible as of yet, this means that you
    will have to import your DVD movies from the US aswell for
    the time being.


    5. RGB SCART LEAD - MAKE ONE!!

    At last... here it is!
    First the complete Pinout (except Pin 16) of the Xbox A/V-Out (with the RGB
    functions).
    Below the scheme how to connect the Xbox-Pins to the Scart-Pins.
    Thanks! to everyone who contributed whatever he/she was able to find out.
    #### off! to everyone who tries to make money instead of sharing
    (digital-x).
    To everyone else: have fun soldering and enjoy your Xbox in RGB-quality for
    free!

    Xbox A/V-Plug:
    (Looking from the front of the connector not the wire side)

    1 1 1
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
    ------------------------
    _| + + + + + + + + + + + |_
    | + + + + + + + + + + + + |
    ----------------------------
    1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
    3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4


    RGB Pinout:

    1 - Right Audio Signal
    2 - Right Audio Ground
    3 - SP-DIF Signal
    4 - RGB Switching Signal
    5 - Jumper to 17 (all 3 Jumpers
    6 - Jumper to 18 need to be
    7 - Jumper to 19 set for RGB)
    8 - Blue Ground
    9 - Blue Signal
    10 - Green Ground
    11 - Green Signal
    12 - SP-DIF Ground
    13 - SP_DIF +5
    14 - Left Audio Signal
    15 - Left Audio Ground
    16 -
    17 - Jumper to 5
    18 - Jumper to 6
    19 - Jumper to 7
    20 - AV Select Signal
    21 - Red Ground
    22 - Red Signal
    23 - Composite Ground
    24 - Composite Signal (Sync for RGB)


    Xbox Pin-> Scart Pin
    1 -> 2
    2 -> 4
    3 -> -
    4 -> 16
    5 -> -
    6 -> -
    7 -> -
    8 -> 5
    9 -> 7
    10 -> 9
    11 -> 11
    12 -> -
    13 -> -
    14 -> 6
    15 -> 4
    16 -> -
    17 -> -
    18 -> -
    19 -> -
    20 -> 8
    21 -> 13
    22 -> 15
    23 -> 17
    24 -> 20

    Scart Pin 21 (Shield) & Xbox-Plug Shield should be connected to all the
    Ground-Pins (like in the XBOX-Plug).
    If you want SP-DIF you need to extract a seperate cable.





    ***************************************************
    This FAQ is not yet finsihed, if you wish to
    add anything, then please email me:

    tnewman2000@hotmail.com
     
  5. Drunken Master

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    Thanks for this, nice Transformer!!

    I'm going to wait for the UK X-Box just in case online gaming takes off.

    I'm gonna get a US Gamecube hopefully next week.
     
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    i bought a 150W step-down converter, brand 'MWP150'. this sould be a high-quality converter and should also fit the need of any hardcore-xbox-gamer :)
     

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