XRGB Framemeister japanese SCART to european
Now here’s a quick one. Something which should definitely come in handy if you’re looking to convert a japanese SCART cable to an european one. Perhaps off general interest too. Certainly not the only one of these floating around on the internet.
The XRGB Framemeister-Mini is about the most awesome thing ever for hooking up your RGB-outputting retro game consoles to any modern HDMI equipped screen. It does have one minor problem for us europeans though: The device ships with a SCART adapter pinned for japanese systems, and plugging your european gear to that is a big NO-NO. Good thing: it’s easy to mod into something euro-compatible!
If you’re wondering what the hell is that christmas tree sticker on the pictures below, it’s there to mark pin 20 on the connector. I recommend you mark yours too, so it’s easier to keep track of which way the connector sits on your desk. Christmas tree sticker is highly recommended, but if you’re in a pinch you could nick some other similar sticker from your kid(s) too.
Now then, heat up that soldering iron, roll up your sleeves, open the SCART connector casing and get to it!
To add suspense to all this cable modding, some game consoles don’t necessarily work with just the plain cable but need a special sync stripper added. On SCART, the sync signal is carried mixed to the composite video signal, and what this little extra circuit does is it removes the video, leaving only the clean sync signal. If your console is having problems syncing to the screen, then your adapter probably needs one. For the DIY solution, check out this simple circuit by my favourite consoles resource, Mmmonkey. For something more ready-made things like this are also available.
Just to note, I’ve so far tested the adapter with Sega Megadrive and Sony Playstation, which both worked fine without a sync stripper. Know a console that needs the circuit? Do leave a comment below :)