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Hi everyone, apologies if a thread already exists about this. If so, please direct me towards it, I could not find one.
Recently, I acquired a Retrotink 5x Pro. I’ve been using it with a NTSC N64 using s-video and it works like a dream. I decided to invest a little more and acquired a RGB modded NTSC N64 using Luma sync.
Alongside this, I bought two RGB Scart cables. The issue is, neither of the scart cables seems to be recognized by the Retrotink itself. One of the cables is a Sync-on-luma cable that is specifically made for NTSC N64 RGB modded machines, the other is a cable that was advertised to be fine to use for both c-sync and luma sync.
I will admit, I don’t know a lot about the subject so a lot of this is foreign to me. But based on what I’ve read, there shouldn’t be any issues with hooking up a RGB modded N64 to a Retrotink(?)
The firmware on the Retrotink is up to date and I’ve told it to use the RGB Scart input, but it just won’t find it. It will only find my other N64 if it’s using s-video. Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated!
Who modified your N64 and what kind of RGB mod is it? Have you tried the console on a different TV or scaler?
Hi, thank you for your response!
I bought this N64 from a small shop based in Sweden that imports and sells japanese games and consoles, with the option to RGB mod them. It’s called “Japan Spel Shop” (Japan Game Shop). Since it’s all written in Swedish, I’ll spare you the pain of translating and post this snippet that’s in the description for these consoles. It’s apparently modded “using the best method available” which then links to this: https://mmmonkey.co.uk/ntsc-nintendo-64-rgb/
I don’t really know what this means. I know some machines can put out c-sync signals, while others can only do luma. I do not have a good enough understanding of this to know what is what, though. My receipt says that it’s using “Luma sync”.
As for the cables that I’ve tried, they sell one on this shop that is supposedly RGB Scart, not a lot of info to go with that. So I’ve tried that one, which didn’t work. Then, I figured maybe that one is just bad, so I ordered another cable that is seemingly built specifically for RGB modded N64’s called “Packapunch”. That didn’t work either.
In terms of testing on other TVs, sadly I haven’t had that opportunity as I do not own an older TV that is compatible with direct SCART inputs. It is very possible the console itself might be messed up.
The console itself turns on fine, nothing really happens with the Retrotink itself (I was worried if I messed up the cables I would blow both this things up and the TV) and the second I swap to a non-modded RGB N64 using s-video, it all works like a charm.
That hasn’t been the best available method for quite some years. Are you able to test the console using composite video to figure out if at least that is working?
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