I thought a comparison was in order for everyone on what is known as the DIN connector. There is a 5 pin and an 8 pin I know about. I hope this thread will bring future retro gamers here to help protect their vintage gear from frying by what looks to be compatible but what actually might have a 5v line in it etc. just waiting to do some damage if not careful. Consider an addendum to this thread a comparison of DB9 connections for game controllers.
So, what about CATS? Perhaps I should say "C.A.T.S" or Commodore, Atari, Texas Instruments and Sega... their hardware all share a DIN connector, but with some differences in the pin layout. Please see the attached pic (and still photo credits below).
*****Credits go to:
COMMODORE: Jan Beta for the Commodore handwriting (and HAND). [I hope he does not mind],
ATARI: Bryan (of S-Video UAV mod fame) for Atari,
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: 99er.net for TI99 diagram
SEGA: Youtuber "bobexr3" for his Sega Genesis/Megadrive S-Video cable diagram.
I welcome ALL discussion to this topic from if I am blatantly incorrect on any detail, additional observations, etc. My goal is to create a thread for some who may have multiple systems, but do not know what cables are compatible with others, and if any cable on one system may have a danger of frying another one if blindly experimenting. It would seem if you have Atari cables, a basic 5 pin din/rca composite cable should work on a TI99/4a for instance.
***What cable combination might HURT your hardware if not careful?