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Using your classic VGA based gear on contemporary flat-screen TV's

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You want to use your F18A enhanced computer, vintage game machine or other VGA equipped classic computer on your fancy new big screen television set? Think again, most new affordable TV’s no longer support VGA or S-Video inputs. Don’t you just love planned obsolescence and cost saving methods? What’s a hobbyist to do?

 

There are many different VGA to HDMI converters available for sale. The Sewell Hammerhead is on the upper end of the price scale, but there are other more reasonably priced devices that will not ‘break the bank’ and still do the job quite well.

 

Items that you will need

 

1) VGA to HDMI converter (comes with power cable)

2) HDMI video cable

3) Optional power supply if you don’t use the USB power on the TV.

 

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There are numerous lower priced knock-off units out there, some in the $6.00 -$11.00 range. I cannot guarantee results with any of those as I do not have any first-hand experience with them. One, like I purchased is listed in <<THIS LINK>>. This unit sells in the $23.00 range and is confirmed to work quite well with the F18A in my TI-99/4A. Thanks to Atari Age user JediMatt42 for bringing this specific unit to my attention.

 

If you do not already have an extra HDMI cable, you’ll probably want to purchase one at the same time.

 

Be aware that if your VGA output is only 640 X 480, like with the F18A, you’ll have to adjust the setting on your TV to display it at the full or proper size.

 

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This thing is a snap to install, however the audio output on many different devices varies, so no matter what converter you end up purchasing, you may have to purchase or make your own converter for the audio plug.

 

INPUT WANTED

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That's interesting. I've so far been able to keep an old tube TVs going so that I can play my Atari 2600 on it. I have a flatscreen TV, but haven't figured out if I can make my Atari run on it. Will this adapter you are talking about work for an Atari 2600?

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That's interesting. I've so far been able to keep an old tube TVs going so that I can play my Atari 2600 on it. I have a flatscreen TV, but haven't figured out if I can make my Atari run on it. Will this adapter you are talking about work for an Atari 2600?

 

Sorry, I'm afraid not. This converter only converts from VGA to HDMI format. There are a number modifications for the Atari 2600 that will allow you to convert it's output. I believe one of the most popular would be the COMPOSITE route, which modern TVs still have. << THIS LINK >> may get you started, or you could ask some of the guys in the ATARI 2600 section << HERE >>

 

Good Luck!

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Thanks for replying. I'll give it a try. I have a few composite cables around that I've used for my Nintendo Wii. Maybe I can use them with the technique you linked to. I'll have to muster up my courage though, as I see that it's going to involve some surgery to the mainboard on the inside of the console. Yikes! My 2600 is running like new even though it's one of the originals, so I'm a bit reluctant to try this.

I like the 'retro' look of playing these old games on the now considered almost antique rounded screens, but I suppose someday this little TV will kick the bucket and I won't be able to find a good one to replace it with.

When I screw up the courage to give it a try, I'll post on the forums on how it works.

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Edited to bring it up to date, restore images lost in latest AtariAge update and to link to a seller currently selling the device.

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