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Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby tezza on Sat May 16, 2015 9:59 pm

Hi guys,

The latest model lodged in the rest home for redundant computers is this nice looking, working Amstrad CPC 464. I'm pleased to get it as it plugs a glaring hole in my collection of classic micros.

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However there is a problem I'd like some advice on.

I've only got the console, not the screen. To give the machine video I bought two devices which I'd hoped would allow me to use it with a TV with composite input, like the one above

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The image on the left shows the PSU (normally supplied by the Amstrad monitor) and an RGB to SCART cable, designed specifically for these Amstrads. This cable allows one to plug the computer straight into a TV with a SCART input plug. In European countries these SCART sockets are fitted to almost all TVs. However, in New Zealand, hardly any have them. Hence the device on the right. This is a SCART to composite/S-video converter. I figured this, when plugged into the RGB-->SCART cable, would be the solution as it should output composite video.

Indeed it does...but only black and white. No colour??

I had a look on the web for a solution and it seems this is a common problem. Milage varies with these SCART -- Composite adapters and it's not uncommon to only get a mono image.

So a couple of questions:

(1) Does anyone have any experience with this "Amstrad" problem and could they suggest a solution.

(2) Does anyone have an unwanted Amstrad CPC 646 colour monitor (with cable) I could buy (in case there is no easy solution to (1))

At worst, I could import a monitor in from the UK but given the shipping cost and risk of damage, this would be a last resort!

Thanks!
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby Gibsaw on Mon May 18, 2015 10:07 am

Wasn't someone selling just an amstrad monitor recently?
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby tezza on Mon May 18, 2015 10:10 am

Gibsaw wrote:Wasn't someone selling just an amstrad monitor recently?

If they were, I missed it unfortunately.
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby acsi on Mon May 18, 2015 9:12 pm

Hi Terry I have a monitor here which you could have as I use scart leads for my cpc's.

As far as the scart goes I hunted for lcd tv's with scart. Found 2 and only 1 of which will display the cpc picture correctly. Although the one that won't will work fine with my Amiga's (go figure)
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby tezza on Mon May 18, 2015 9:49 pm

That would be awesome. I'll PM you first thing tomorrow about it.
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby tezza on Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:20 pm

Just to wrap this thread up. My ramblings on acquiring an Amstrad CPC 464....
http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blo ... strads.htm

Many thanks for asci for his altruistic contribution.
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby Gurner on Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:48 pm

Thanks Tezza for the great story – I came extremely close to buying an RF modulator but decided against it.

Lucky for me, I was expecting colour to work with it.
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Re: Amstrad CPC video solutions?

Postby tezza on Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:37 pm

Gurner wrote:Thanks Tezza for the great story – I came extremely close to buying an RF modulator but decided against it.

Lucky for me, I was expecting colour to work with it.

You're welcome. It's good to share these experiences.
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