I decided to replace my 2nd monitor (T200 HD) with something that could do full 1080p. Now when I last did a search for a LCD monitor that could do IIGS RGB via scart it was quite a hit and miss affair, depending on manufacture or model of screen. More recently I had noticed that the new Samsung screens tend to have no issues with a IIGS. My large 50inch LED and my previous 40inch LCD had no issues, just a bit big ;). I picked up the a Samsung LED 22inch screen with Scart, HDMI and VGA and all worked fine. I will post some pictures shortly. The only small thing I have noticed it every now and then it flickers like its trying to sync. I will post some pictures soon and see if changing the sync pin makes a difference (similar to what i did in the T200 HD post).
One little project I have wanted to do is convert a Sony PSOne LCD for use with a IIGS. Now anyone that knows me here in the UK knows I am a little obsessed when it comes to smallish TVs and RGB Scart. I always look at them as possible IIGS monitors and have posted some of the ones i have found on here :).
After reading this a few years ago http://galaxy22.dyndns.org/shuttlecraft/psone_lcd/index.html the possibility of using a one of these little screens seemed a great idea, but i was always a bit put off with the work needed to get it working and the mess of wires…for what really won’t be used in any seriousness 🙂
It wasn’t until reading this article http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?33365-PSOne-LCD-to-SCART-adapter that I actually picked one up as it meant the PSone LCD didn’t need to be opened up…my perfect type of project :D.
I was using a PAL version of the LCD and you need a Sony MultiAV cable which you can cannibalise with a female Scart adapter. Obviously this assumes you have either made a Scart cable up or bought one from http://vintageware.orconhosting.net.nz/scart.html.
So in summary you need:-
- Sony PSOne LCD with PSU- £30 ebay…they vary though.
- Sony MultiAV Cable – £8 ebay…referred to as Guncon G-Con + AV Out Adapter Cable for PS1
- Female Scart Socket – £2, bought a complete Scart extender on ebay and just cut the end off and then soldered everything together
- Ipad Stand – £1 pound land, works well 🙂
- Scart Cable – See Vintageware
Anything that is 320 by 200 looks good on the little screen, as the resolution of the LCD isn’t too far off that. GS/OS as you can see suffers, but its still very usable. You will also get mono sound via the default cable, but I plan to modify the cable to allow connecting a stereo cable to the scart socket.
The issue of IIGS modern screen replacements came up in discussion again on CSA2, and it made me think about the Samsung T220HD LCD I had tried a while back. The Samsung as you probably gathered is a 22inch monitor with TV capabilities plus a load of different connection options including RGB Scart. At the time i was impressed with the output of the IIGS on the monitor, but 22inch’s and the price (was ~£330 at the time) made me return it. I always said to myself i would pick up the smaller version when prices came down on ebay…well the post on CSA2 made me go shopping :). The screen itself was £139 delivered and as I was also looking to make my PC dual screen it was a good excuse to spend some money 😉
Now as anyone who has looked at modern alternatives to a monitor for the GS will tell you RGB Scart is the closest you will get in terms of native output, mainly due to RGB scart supporting 15Khz. Unfortunately this is only really available in Europe and Australia. I have posted some pictures of the TV/Monitor as well as GS screen shots for anyone that is interested.
One thing to point out is initially though i got a GS output the LCD kept complaining that it had no signal, to resolve it i had to change the video sync to pin 3, which iirc is sync over composite (will update post when I confirm).
I reported last year that a 15inch LCD that Tesco’s was selling worked very well with a GS and associated Scart cable. I have come across another LCD TV this year that also works. I would say the colours are a little better on this TV. Though it doesnt tilt, support 110V or have component, but its feels better quality. It has Composite, HDMI,VGA and DVB-T as well as RGB Scart.
It is also a little more and is about £120 from Argos, though i picked a new one up of ebay for £90.
Bought this from Tesco today on a bit of a whim. I have tested lots of LCDs with the GS and this is the best one yet and only £99 (is HD Ready, with VGA, component as well). I will say that the colours aren’t as vibrant as real monitor or compared to my Samsung 24inch next to it (when using Carte Blanche via VGA).
Some quick screen shots of GS/OS below.
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