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by CRTGAMER Tue May 31, 2011 11:24 am

Magnum Apex wrote:Using the VGA box with a 3.5mm stereo male-to-male audio cable, I experience audio issues with both MvC NTSC games. The music plays just fine, but the sound effects will sometimes not play or play at a low volume, and it seems totally random when this happens. Every other game I've tried doesn't exhibit this issue, so I don't think it's the cable or TV.

This doesn't bother me, but I'm curious as to why it happens.
The VGA box audio jack might not be making full contact with your cable plug. Is the cable a stereo three prong "mini headphone" connector? Unplug and plug the cable at both ends might help. Also be sure its a good quality cable, the thinner strand ones may give problems.
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by retrosportsgamer Tue May 31, 2011 1:42 pm

I don't have a VGA input in my gaming room but am contemplating getting the s-video hook-up for the dreamcast (sadly, racketboy does not carry). Is the S-Video a decent step up quality-wise or am I better off putting together a VGA setup?
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by CRTGAMER Tue May 31, 2011 2:14 pm

retrosportsgamer wrote:I don't have a VGA input in my gaming room but am contemplating getting the s-video hook-up for the dreamcast (sadly, racketboy does not carry). Is the S-Video a decent step up quality-wise or am I better off putting together a VGA setup?
S-Video is a definite improvement over Composite. VGA is a huge improvement especially when seen on a computer monitor! My HD CRT does not have a VGA input, but I am happy with the clarity of SVideo.

Dreamcast S-Video cables are inexpensive.
Maybe this should be an item in the Racketboy Retro Store?
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by retrosportsgamer Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:21 pm

CRTGAMER wrote:
retrosportsgamer wrote:I don't have a VGA input in my gaming room but am contemplating getting the s-video hook-up for the dreamcast (sadly, racketboy does not carry). Is the S-Video a decent step up quality-wise or am I better off putting together a VGA setup?
S-Video is a definite improvement over Composite. VGA is a huge improvement especially when seen on a computer monitor! My HD CRT does not have a VGA input, but I am happy with the clarity of SVideo.

Dreamcast S-Video cables are inexpensive.
Maybe this should be an item in the Racketboy Retro Store?


Well, I got a S-Video cable and they definitely are inexpensive (maybe 6-8 bucks) - most likely because they are just glorified regular cables.

All I got was a fuzzy black & white picture when I used, then I found this thread (some nice racketboy plugs in there , fwiw)

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthre ... 003&page=2
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by retrosportsgamer Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:41 pm

Really should have done my homework - my next question is, would these cables work in the racketboy VGA box for s-video output?

http://www.amazon.com/Sega-Dreamcast-S- ... Descending
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by Hobie-wan Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:41 pm

retrosportsgamer wrote:Really should have done my homework - my next question is, would these cables work in the racketboy VGA box for s-video output?

http://www.amazon.com/Sega-Dreamcast-S- ... Descending


No, the VGA box converts them to plain s-video and RCA plugs. So you'd just need a plain old s-video patch cable and some red/white/yellow RCA cables to go from the box to your TV/receiver.

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by xxninjabunnyxx Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:53 pm

My VGA box that I got from racketboy started to show a yellow tint on the screen.
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by SpaceBooger Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:31 pm

xxninjabunnyxx wrote:My VGA box that I got from racketboy started to show a yellow tint on the screen.

Is it the VGA only one or the one with s-vid?
I have had two of the VGA only ones and this has happened - one blue and the other yellow. I also noticed that if you shake the casing it sometimes clears the colors up. I now have the VGA Box and have had no problem.
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by xxninjabunnyxx Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:43 pm

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xxninjabunnyxx wrote:My VGA box that I got from racketboy started to show a yellow tint on the screen.

Is it the VGA only one or the one with s-vid?
I have had two of the VGA only ones and this has happened - one blue and the other yellow. I also noticed that if you shake the casing it sometimes clears the colors up. I now have the VGA Box and have had no problem.


vga only, it's on all screens, even on the system menu.
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by SpaceBooger Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:34 pm

xxninjabunnyxx wrote:vga only, it's on all screens, even on the system menu.

Has it always had a yellow tint? If so skip to my last sentence of this post.
If not, try wiggling it next time its on if the the colors come back or you loose another (my screen would usually tint everything red or blue) there is possibly something wrong where the wires connect to the circuit board. I have learned that these cables if twisted, tugged, or any kind of stress is put on the inside of the box it will cause problems. Im guessing the way I had mine hooked up (twist tied and hanging behind my tv) I put too much stress on the box and they had a 2-3 year life span. I finally broke down and bought one of the VGA Boxes and have had no trouble with it.
I cant promise anything because I am not him, but if the vga box is fairly new I would try contacting Racket himself and explain your situation and see if he has any suggestions.
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