8-bit Computer TV Channel Use

Terry Stewart terry at webweavers.co.nz
Fri May 22 16:12:33 CDT 2015

Yes, video is tricky.  I've just had an experience which emphasizes the
topic under discussion.

Just recently I got hold of an Amstrad CPC 464.

It didn't come with its screen though (dedicated screens were sold with the
machine). However British enthusiasts had developed an RGB to SCART cable
for this very problem. Problem for me was that although SCART is a common
video interface in Europe, it's rare in New Zealand. However I noted there
were SCART--->composite video adaptors around.  I figured that if I got
both devices, i could hook the 464 up to a composite input in an old TV.

I did just that and, you guessed it, monochrome output.  The colour
disappeared for some reason.  Some research on the web showed this was a
common problem and results could vary with these conversion devices.

The good news is that a local has a colour Amstrad screen he's gifting to
me.  Arrives Monday, so problem solved.

Terry (Tez)

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