gcvideo - Open source GameCube component cable solution

Discussion in 'Modding and Hacking - Consoles and Electronics' started by darcagn, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Bad_Ad84

    Bad_Ad84 The Tick

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    $50 has some serious profit on it or you are getting a poor price in china.

    I would get some of these built, but got fingers in too many pies at the moment. Let me know what you got quoted and I can see if I can get a better one for you though.
     
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  2. darcagn

    darcagn Site Supporter 2013, Site Supporter 2014

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    Awesome, if that's the case, then for my personal GameCube I will just connect the 480p RGB+S to the multiout's RGB+S pins, and use a standard multiout cable. That's the best solution for XRGB-mini owners.
     
  3. beharius

    beharius Resolute Member

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    Import duties and some other taxes increase my cost too. I am confident with my supplier, thanks. If the demand will be higher than expected, it can be cheaper.

    not everyone has an Xrgb, component or rgbs can be selectable by a jumper perhaps? GC Scart cables are easy to find and they are cheap too for using its connector on a component cable.
     
  4. Unseen

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    There is already a jumper (technically just two solder pads) to switch between component (with embedded sync on Y) or RGB (no embedded sync) on the board and a second header always has C/V/H sync signals regardless of the jumper setting.

    Maybe some people haven't found the picture of the prototype board yet:
    gcvideo_lite_0.9_small.jpg

    The connection along the left side is the video output (three signals with ground pads between them), sync signals are on the header on the top left that is marked "CVH-". The Component/RGB jumper is on the top right, the headers pointing to the right are JTAG for programming the FPGA. Yes, I should've cleaned the board some more before taking that picture.
     
  5. darcagn

    darcagn Site Supporter 2013, Site Supporter 2014

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    Quick question, would it be possible to install one of these in one of the later GameCubes that is missing the digital video port? Are the digital signals still present on the mainboard somewhere, or are other components missing in those models besides just the physical port?
     
  6. Helder

    Helder Site Supporter 2014,2015

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    Who do you use Bad? I have some projects I would like to get quoted on.
     
  7. takeshi385

    takeshi385 Mojarra Frita Bandit

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    I'm so excited about this, I'd like to get vga out of my gamecube.
     
  8. Shindante

    Shindante Newly Registered

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    I am interested on 2 of those cables, put me in that list.
     
  9. la-li-lu-le-lo

    la-li-lu-le-lo ラリルレロ

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    I'd definitely be interested in getting one of these eventually. Maybe not right now.
     
  10. billcosbymon

    billcosbymon Guru Meditation Error

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    Megalomanic over at gc-forever.com is working on getting these fabricated and tested.
     
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  11. BuffaloWing

    BuffaloWing Robust Member

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    So, as of right now who is officially taking a stab of manufacturing this? Anyone specifically from this forum?
     
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  12. beharius

    beharius Resolute Member

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    If there is enough interest, I can do it. $50 including shipping and paypal fees.
    I have to collect pre-orders. If it exceeds 50, it can be feasible.
     
  13. la-li-lu-le-lo

    la-li-lu-le-lo ラリルレロ

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    The original post says that he can't find a source for the digital connectors. Would it be possible to build connectors from scratch? Maybe it would be possible to make one using 3D printed molds or something.
     
  14. beharius

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    It's an internal mod, I can't design the connector.
     
  15. takeshi385

    takeshi385 Mojarra Frita Bandit

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    I have no problems with an internal board. In fact that would be ideal as a vga cable can always be replaced if it breaks.
     
  16. Treamcaster

    Treamcaster Intrepid Member

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    I own an official gc component cable but I'm still not happy with image quality.
    I only use my gc to play PSO, and the thing is, I get better picture quality through VGA playing PSO on the dreamcast.

    I wish there was a way to make the image quality look less blurry (still much better than composite thought!).
    HDMI would be good for new tv sets, but I really prefer VGA over HDMI, so I can hook up my gc to the tv I use my dreamcast with which is a 4:3 samsung lcd that doesn't stretch image and don't give black bars on the sides.
     
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  17. Unknown-Organization

    Unknown-Organization <B>Site Supporter 2014</B>

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    But not all gamecube games support 480p, it kinda useless for having the component cable.
     
  18. Marmotta

    Marmotta Dauntless Member

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    Those which don't support it can be played at 480i and they still look a bit sharper than composite 480i. If the general consensus was that the cable was useless, there wouldn't be this much interest generated by a project like this and the original cables wouldn't be quite so sought after.
     
  19. Unknown-Organization

    Unknown-Organization <B>Site Supporter 2014</B>

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    Okay fair enough. What about S-video and RGB scart? That may do the job.
     
  20. Marmotta

    Marmotta Dauntless Member

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    S-video's not in the same ballpark and RGB is limited to the Digital AV on NTSC consoles.
     

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