Ok this isnt really a hack or mod per se, but I think think this thread should still go into this forum.
So I was having a a little trouble with my current setup for playing old school games. I cannot afford an XRGB or comparable product so I bought a scart to YUV converter, like in this listing:
and a CGA to VGA converter, as listed here:
I used them in conjunction and got a fairly decent picture for my retro consoles. Not perfect but better than just using AV cables. It was a little disappointing ,however, because the colors weren't as vibrant going into the VGA input of my TV; not using the (cga to vga) scalar made the image less clear but with more vibrant colors. The TV would not even display anything from the SNES (NTSC model 1) if I was going directly from the scart to YUV converter directly to component.
Last week I stumbled upon this:
A VGA/Component to HDMI converter with upscale. Normally I would not go for such a thing but it had ok reviews and thought "what the hell". I got it in the mail today and what very pleasantly surprised by the quality...especially with my Saturn games. My SNES titles looked much better, cleaner, and more vibrant. The N64 games were ok....but it is hard to tell sometime because so many games have muddy textures anyway. I will test it out on Turok 2 and Yoshi's Story later. The Saturn games are what really popped out, especially the 3d games. Many games like Panzer Dragoon, Virtua Fighter 2, and especially Burning Rangers were crisper and cleaner. Usually when I use the Saturn on my setup, games tend to look "pixelly", even the 3D ones. This cleaned things up a bit. I have not tried it with any other systems but I am very pleased with the results.
Here is the way I have things setup. Keep in mind, I have an inexpensive 32" Vizio lcd tv.
game console =>scart to YUV => cga to VGA => vga to hdmi conveter
The converter does have component in but when I tried going
game console => scart to YUV => component to hdmi converter
the colors were a little washed out. Not sure why the the cga to vga works better. It may have something to do with the component to hdmi conversion.
I have not had much time to play with it today but here are a few things I noticed.
1) Sometimes there is a screen doubling effect. If the cga to vga is set to 640x480, this happens....but not all the time. I just set it to 800x600 instead.
It happened when I connected my dreamcast via VGA to hdmi converter as well.
2) I noticed some weird ghosting/color distortion when playing my N64. Zelda:TooT and SM64 were the worst....but then it went away. I don't think I had the VGA switch all the way in the correct position on the hdmi converter.
3) Some of the added enhancement comes from the adjustable settings on my TV's hdmi source settings, something that is surprisingly absent from the VGA source settings.
Overall I am very pleased with the purchase. If anyone has any questions, I will do my best to answer them.