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I just pulled my 800 out to test a few things, I normally use my 130XE with U1M+Side2.

 

I didn't realise before how bad the picture is compared to the 130, I'm using the monitor jack, not RF.

Everything is ok, just not as sharp.

 

Is there a reasonably cheap way to improve the quality or do I need to do some sort of Video upgrade.

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13 minutes ago, TGB1718 said:

Its just plain composite, looks like I need to make aonther lead when I find the details

If you don’t feel like making a cable, B&C’s eBay store has them:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DIN-RCA-Color-Composite-Video-A-V-Monitor-Cable-Atari-800-XL-XE-6-BIN-/130888382784?hash=item1e798e3940

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Many thanks for the info, I just did a quick look in my 'cave' as I know I have all sorts of leads from old

game consoles etc. and found a SCART to S-Video with left/right audio.

 

So it looks like all I need to get is a 5 pin DIN, hack off the SCART, attach the 5 pin DIN and I'm sorted, thanks again.

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1 hour ago, TGB1718 said:

Is there a reasonably cheap way to improve the quality or do I need to do some sort of Video upgrade.

Have a look at @tf_hh 's SCCC (Super Color CPU Card), available here. I have some of these devices in my 400 and 800's and they're giving me a nice and crispy picture I've never seen before on these old babys.

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1 hour ago, TGB1718 said:

I just pulled my 800 out to test a few things, I normally use my 130XE with U1M+Side2.

 

I didn't realise before how bad the picture is compared to the 130, I'm using the monitor jack, not RF.

Everything is ok, just not as sharp.

 

Is there a reasonably cheap way to improve the quality or do I need to do some sort of Video upgrade.

 

Can't hardly say anything about PAL / SCART, but here's STOCK (NTSC) from 800 (photos don't capture the actual / final quality perceived to the naked eye, unfortunately):

 

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The overall BEST s-video cable you will find seems to be at Lotharek's shop. Check it out.

 

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the 800 has the best display as standard, compared to all unmodified A8s

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1 hour ago, Sugarland said:

Another idea is to check the electrolytic capacitors. Are they starting to bulge or leak? 

Might be a good idea, I've not powered this up much over the years, I did all the cap's in my 1050's, but was still mainly

using my 130XE.

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On 11/17/2019 at 2:30 PM, DrVenkman said:

If you’re connected via composite, have you tried S-video (chroma/luma)?

Thanks again for the info, hacked off the SCART connector, bought a couple of 5 Pin DIN plugs for £2.49.

 

What a difference, had to turn brightness down a load and adjust contrast, but nice sharp picture now.

 

 

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