Speccy help needed!

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Speccy help needed!

Post by SteveZX81 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:42 am

Hello, I need advice.
I just bought a ZX Spectrum+ on ebay, it has been recapped and has had the composite video mod.

However, like a total fool I just realised I no longer own a CRT TV or TV with composite input. Arrrgh!!
So, I wonder can I connect the Speccy to an old monitor via VGA?

I have seen this on Amazon:

www.amazon.co.uk/Composite-Converter-AM ... CS9F4FSF9M

I'm wondering if it will work on a ZX Spectrum+?

If not, is there anything (reasonable price) that I can buy to be able to use my new Speccy?

Thank you for your help!
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Post by Ast A. Moore » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:10 pm

SteveZX81 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:42 am
is there anything (reasonable price) that I can buy to be able to use my new Speccy?
An old CRT TV for the nominal price of “come pick it up or it’ll end up in a dumpster”? Worked for me. ;)
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Post by SteveZX81 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:20 pm

Ast A. Moore wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:10 pm
SteveZX81 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:42 am
is there anything (reasonable price) that I can buy to be able to use my new Speccy?
An old CRT TV for the nominal price of “come pick it up or it’ll end up in a dumpster”? Worked for me. ;)
Thanks but I really don't have space for one, even a small one.

I've been searching online constantly for an answer to "will a composite to vga adaptor work" and I just cannot find an answer apart from "it should" and "I don't think it will" which are not very helpful. haha

Sadly I think I'll have to either try and return the Spectrum or just put it back on ebay and try to recoup some of my money.
Real shame though, I was dying to play some of my favourite games.
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Re: Speccy help needed!

Post by Ivanzx » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:32 pm

What about the Euroconector?
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Post by SteveZX81 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:35 pm

Ivanzx wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:32 pm
What about the Euroconector?
I have no idea what that is?
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Post by Bizzley » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:54 pm

Have a look on eBay, RCA phono to HDMI cables go for around £3.50, converter boxes for around £7. Whether they work or not I can't say but for £3.50 it's got to be worth a punt.
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Post by Ast A. Moore » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:39 pm

SteveZX81 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:20 pm
I've been searching online constantly for an answer to "will a composite to vga adaptor work" and I just cannot find an answer apart from "it should" and "I don't think it will" which are not very helpful.
That’s because the 48K Spectrum doesn’t output a 100-percent kosher composite signal. Even some TVs—especially more modern ones—don’t like it. The question is not whether a converter will work; it’s whether it’ll recognize the signal from the Speccy as a valid composite signal.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing that save for trying.
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Post by SteveZX81 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:07 pm

Ast A. Moore wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:39 pm
SteveZX81 wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:20 pm
I've been searching online constantly for an answer to "will a composite to vga adaptor work" and I just cannot find an answer apart from "it should" and "I don't think it will" which are not very helpful.
That’s because the 48K Spectrum doesn’t output a 100-percent kosher composite signal. Even some TVs—especially more modern ones—don’t like it. The question is not whether a converter will work; it’s whether it’ll recognize the signal from the Speccy as a valid composite signal.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing that save for trying.
Thanks for that info. However I'm now more confused than ever haha.
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Post by PeterJ » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:23 pm

I'm way from being an expert on the hardware aspects, but the 48K rubber key Spectrum I purchased with the composite mod had a standard aerial lead with a SCART connector at the end and it works with modern TVs on the AV setting. You can get the cables on eBay for a couple of pounds.
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Post by SteveZX81 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:35 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:23 pm
I'm way from being an expert on the hardware aspects, but the 48K rubber key Spectrum I purchased with the composite mod had a standard aerial lead with a SCART connector at the end and it works with modern TVs on the AV setting. You can get the cables on eBay for a couple of pounds.
Thanks, I'll go and look into that, hopefully it'll just plug into the Speccy and not require any soldering/wiring :)
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