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Model II Variations Model Two Sound Card Video Card

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#1 travistouchdown OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 8, 2014 7:35 AM

So apparently there is like a 1 in 50 chance of getting a Genesis model II that has a high quality video decoder AND sound chip.  I don't think there is anyway to tell via the serial number, you have to crack open the case and take a look.  Does anyone know what to look for?  I think the video decoder you want is Sony.  Not sure about the sound chip.  Would LOVE to track down a quality Gen II. 

 

 



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Posted Mon Sep 8, 2014 7:57 AM

Always liked this guide.  Hell, seems like the pictures have now expired though.  Still... good info there.



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Posted Mon Sep 8, 2014 9:10 AM

Always liked this guide.  Hell, seems like the pictures have now expired though.  Still... good info there.

 

I'm a big fan of that guide.  Its how I researched my Genesis 1.  It's a crying shame the photos don't work anymore...



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Posted Tue Sep 9, 2014 11:28 AM

You can tell by looking at the bottom of the system through the heat vents.

 

The later Model 2's with better audio have smaller motherboards and you can see that through the holes in the bottom.



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Posted Tue Sep 9, 2014 11:46 AM

I got lucky and found a VA4 model 2 when I was first shopping around for a Genesis.  It was the first one I picked up to look at.



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Posted Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:07 PM

You can tell by looking at the bottom of the system through the heat vents.

 

The later Model 2's with better audio have smaller motherboards and you can see that through the holes in the bottom.

 

Nice!! Able to find a picture of this anywhere?  -R



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Posted Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:05 AM

My Mega Drive II: (Still applies to the Genesis II as they still use similar motherboard revisions)

 

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My MD2 is sadly one of the bad ones, and thats a picture of the bottom of it. (I don't like that MD2, Its just in storage, I use Model 1's)

 

VA0, VA1, VA2 and VA2.3 models all look like this on the bottom (Mine is a VA1, I also have a VA0 MD2 which looks identical) all of them have various audio issues and you should avoid them if possible.

 

genesis2va3andva4mother.jpg

 

Another Sega MD/Genesis Model II, picture taken from Sega-16 pic is not mine - ignore the circles. This is a VA3/VA4 model which have the better audio (Although still not quite as good as a non-VA7 MD1)

 

Notice how the RF shield that you can see through the vents is smaller and doesn't fill the whole case like in my Mega Drive 2? The VA3/VA4's have smaller motherboards than the others and that's how you can tell the difference without opening them up.

 

Happy to help :)


Edited by R.Bear, Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:07 AM.


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Posted Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:40 AM

Here we go:  Also like you mention keep an eye out for the square cuts in the shorter motherboard.  You WANT those

 

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