I recently got some 9 pin mini din connectors from console5.com of the new slim variety. However, it was not intuitive at first how they went together. I figured it out, so here is a short tutorial.
Edit: I got this a little wrong and will redo the tutorial soon, in the meantime here is the guide from Console5.com.
I designed this board to fit over 2 of the screw posts on the gscartsw_lite, and be connected by an 8 pin header cable (working on an easy way to make this). This will listen to the gscartsw_lite and switch to the input that it is on.
Untested, but I may try to build a few soon.
I’ll be finishing all open orders this weekend. I have parts for one more GCDual component cable, after that I will need to order boards and capacitors so after the last one is gone the next order will take a few weeks. I appreciate everyone’s patience.
Hello everyone! I’m very busy with Vacation Bible School preparations at the moment, so please understand that any orders will have a longer than usual lead time. I hope to get caught up with everything the last week in June when I will have some time available. I appreciate your patience and let me know if you need any more information
I’m working on a simple SCART to RCA board. This should be useful to connect SCART cables to BNC with RCA cables and cheap RCA to BNC adapters. Once I test this working I’ll post the kicad files on GitHub and share the oshpark project. I’m hoping to use this same form factor for BNC/RCA to SCART output versions with a resistor on the sync line, a version with a sync stripper, and even things like SCART to VGA. I’ll add a page to the project logs section soon detailing my thought process and how I made the board.
I did a test fit and found that the metal SCART heads from Kabeldirekt cables fit the Thicc Cable without any modifications, so I can use these on any custom cables if you’d prefer, for a slight upcharge. More info on the tricks page.
As I’m targeting made to order cables and trying to achieve the highest possible quality, and in accordance with some advice I received, going forward all custom cables will be multicore coax unless the complexity of the order makes this impossible or you specifically request I use regular shielded. This would put most cables in the $30+ range depending on length and complexity, but I think that most people looking for a custom cable would want this, and it also adds some futureproofing. My current multicore is rated to something like 86 feet so if you’re running cable to a projector at the back of the room this would be perfect. I’m doing some experimenting with larger SCART heads to see if this will work. Hit me up if you have any ideas for a one of a kind cable.
The extron emotia line is a great device, as some of its models have the ability to downscale progressive scan content (480p+) to 240p! This can be great for those who want to play with real scanlines or on monitors that don’t support 480p. Check out RetroRGB’s page for more information.
However, they are often sold without power supplies, or the power supplies cost as much as the device itself. The device requires +5V, +12V, and -12V. Conveniently these are all available on a standard PC power supply, which are cheap and plentiful. I am in the process of testing one of these that I made with a female DIN port and a male to male 5 pin DIN cable to plug into the Emotia to clean things up. If it works out I will put up a page where you can commission me to make one, for much less than you can but an official one. These devices deserve to be used!
Update: be careful if you decide to make one of these. I haven’t been able to nail down the correct pinout and it’s possible to kill your emotia.
I will be assembling a few of Borti’s boards for N64 RGB with csync for the NS1 N64s. Look for them to go up for sale later this week. Next I want to assemble a few of his SNES boards, and then I will attempt to tackle the GCDual for Gamecube. I’m also waiting on boards to construct this DIY 8 port automatic TOSLink Switch (all 3 of the initial run are reserved), which if it is successful I will start offering (I’d like to try to redesign the board layout first however). Let me know if you see anything you are interested in, or find a project out there that you want to build; if I can do it, I’ll definitely look into it.