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Yet another cry for connection help...

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by PND, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. PND

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    Apologies to all those who read this and go 'oh no not again!'....

    I am awaiting delivery of my new Panasonic TX32PB50 and am preparing myself for connection time...

    I have the following to connect:

    1 x Pace Digital Cable box
    1 x PS2 for games & DVD
    1 x Panasonic NVFJ710 VCR

    I have read all the relevant threads and am still confused...

    Is it something like.....

    Connect the cable box via RGB SCART
    Connect the VCR via SCART
    Connect the PS2 via S-Video & Digital audio?
    Connect RF lead into VCR>TV?

    I have a RGB SCART cable from my old playstation.. will this be any good? I think it was about £15-00?

    Please help me and hopefully all those others who find it all a bit confusing!!

    Many thanks.. I will understand it all one day...
     
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    Sounds like you've pretty much figured it out for yourself...

    Cable box via RGB to TV
    VCR looped through cable box via SCART
    PS2 connected via Svideo
    RF lead into VCR if you want to record from analogue channels

    The RGB SCART from your original playstation will be of no use if you want to use the PS2 for DVDs - they will all be rendered in shades of green as Sony have disabled RBG playback for DVD. You can get around this with a soldering iron or the DVD Region X disc from Datel, but otherwise SVideo will be a reasonable compromise for both games and DVD.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks Carl for your help so far!

    This is a list of available connections on the Panasonic TX32PB50....

    Rear: three Scarts (two RGB, one S-video/ Q-Link); RF in; 5.1 analogue out; two digital audio ins (one optical, one optical/coaxial);

    Am I better off using the PS2 on the second RGB SCART rather than S-video?
    If I need to get my soldering out, what do I need to attack?

    Do I then use the VCR on the other SCART connection (Q-Link)...

    Thanks again.
     
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    PS2 via RGB is definitely better than SVideo, but as I mentioned you will not be able to watch DVDs using this method, unless you try something like the DVD Region X boot disc prior to watching a movie. This enables all region playback and also gets rid of the 'green screen' problem, but you have to insert the Region X disc before you watch any movie.

    The other option is to modify your PS2 PCB to re-enable the full RGB output, which has been done by a few members of this forum in the past. There was a diagram showing the (delicate) job required but I don't have a link to it. Perhaps someone else will remember but as I don't use the PS2 for DVD it never really interested me that much.

    With regard to your VCR, mine (well, my TiVo) is looped through the Sky box so only one SCART on the TV is used by the Sky unit. When you watch TiVo it uses the same AV channel playing through the loop with the Sky digibox. Not sure about your cable box, but on the back of a digibox the SCARTs are labelled "TV" and "VCR" which makes it all pretty easy to connect.
     
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    I think I can loop through the cable box. Is it worth getting a 'good quality' RGB SCART for the cable>TV connection and a 'cheap' SCART from VCR>cable?

    How much should I be paying?

    I think I'll go down the DVD Region X route (£12.99+ VAT from Makro).

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    I use cheap (£15) SCARTS for both VCR and Sky digibox, as they are both such relatively poor sources I think you'd be wasting your money money with a 'good' SCART, and by that I mean something like the QED lead at £50.

    I use high quality cables from Monster and IXOS elsewhere in my system, but I wouldn't bother for anything less than a DVD source. Some will disagree but I only watch a little TV and it is on a small 28" set so I'm not too bothered, whereas my 40" screen for DVD would really highlight problems if I used a cheaper cable.
     

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