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VGA from PAL Gamecube?

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by pauljames, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. pauljames

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    Hi,

    I have a PAL gamecube and would like to use on my Sony VGA CRT monitor.

    The two choices I have are:

    1. Try to find a PAL GC to VGA converter/cable.
    or
    2. Buy a ProV line doubler from Scan and connect via composite video.

    Is no. 1 possible, if not what is the quality loke for no. 2?

    Thanks in advance,
    Paul
     
  2. Erpland

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    You could get a professional Scart RGB > VGA convertor box then you can use it with past and present and future consoles, those boxes can cost about £150 though, so it would be just as cheap to get a US Gamecube with third party adapted true VGA cable and then take advantage of progressive scan on supported games (not available on PAL Gamecubes).

    Some of the better LCD monitors are starting to offer Composite and S-Video inputs, so that's worth considering for the future also.

    Personally I love the idea of using a VGA monitor as a second option for console use, well done Sega for being the first for doing it right back in 1999.
    Despite all the Scart RGB- Component hype on TV's, the Dreamcast on a VGA monitor is the only display method that really impresses me from standard supplied cables on consoles.
     
  3. pauljames

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    I already have a PAL gamecube so getting an import one is not an option I am willing to consider.

    Which RGB to VGA converters are you referring to, please be specific so I can research this further (the JS Technology one is not compatible with computer monitors, only plasma)?

    I also have a good quality monitor already, so buying a new one isn't an option either?

    Thanks,
    Paul
     
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    http://www.ncsx.net/www/2002/ncs020402/ncs0204.htm

    you will have to ask whether this will work on a PAL cube (I dont see why not for composite and component), but it certainly states in only supports Japanese Scart and not European Scart.


    Specialist British and American electronics makers do similar boxes, but youll have to search forums or wait for more replies as I lost my old links.
    No it seems the JS one will not work with CRT VGA

    I mentioned the other options because price is going to be a major factor, some people would better spend £200 towards a new LCD monitor with multi inputs that will save you space and operating costs not to mention better moveability.
    Personally Im still weighing up all the options as prices of LCD, Plasma, projection, and regular TV's are coming down in price.

    Jeez if only Nintendo did the decent thing in the first place.
     
  5. Sinzer

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    I asked the same thing a long time ago.

    In short, no you cannot get VGA out of a PAL Cube, you need to get an NTSC one. The only way to do so is to buy one of the expensive convertors previously mentioned.
     
  6. groundy

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    The PAL Cube can output Component Video from it's DV port via the Official Nintendo Component Video cable. Fortunately, this cable can be modified to output RGBs via Scart or RGB HV via HD15 to a VGA connection. See my sig for more information. With the VGA connection, you must have a display device capable of syncing at RGB 15Khz interlaced. Most VGA configured display devices will happily display a Progressive signal at 31Khz which means the modified VGA Cable is useful for import gamers playing Progressive Scan Gamecube games on computer monitors/projectors and the like. Computer monitors (in the UK)will not sync at 15Khz interlaced but some Projectors/Plasmas might?

    There is NO capability of scan conversion within the Gamecube itself. If you have 15KHz capable monitor or other display device, then you can happily play all your PAL Gamecube through a VGA connection. PM me if you want to know more about making one.
     
  7. pauljames

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    Thanks Groundy,

    I think I'll take the easy way out and buy a ProV converter, feed it a Gamecube signal via composite and play games on my Monitor with ease.

    I'll save the RGB for when I'm allowed on the TV downstairs (how many DIY programs can my girlfriend watch???).

    Cheers,
    Paul
     

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