Euro RGB to Japanese RGB Converter
When I picked up an Micomsoft XRGB-2, I found out it was possible to hardwire one to accept all European Scart Cables. As far as I know it’s only the XRGB-2 model that supports that mod – not the XRGB-2 plus model. I’m used to working with RGB Scart cables etc, but the XRGB is intended for use in Japan with Japanese 21 pin RGB cables, the same physical appearance as European Scart but wired differently. If you plug a Euro Scart cable into your XRGB you can potentially damage it.
If you are looking at this because you have an XRGB mini Framemeister then instead take a look at this.
If your XRGB doesn’t support hardwiring it for Euro Scart cables, or you just don’t fancy modifying it then it’s easy to build a converter cable. I found this table on the web a couple of years ago and saved it because I knew it would be useful (if it’s your site I pinched it from please let me know!).
The middle column shows you which Euro Scart pin to use for the signal that’s in the first column. So the Left Audio signal needs to go from Euro Scart Pin 6 to Japanese RGB Pin 1, Right Audio from Euro Scart Pin 2 to Japanese RGB Pin 5 etc etc.
If like me you are building this for use with an XRGB it doesn’t need the AV Control or Blanking Signal so you don’t have to connect them at all. Infact, I only connected one Ground signal and then linked all the others up off of that one, then connected up the Audio Left and Right, Video R G B and Sync signal.
Here you can see I’ve wired up a Scart Socket for Euro RGB, Sync, Audio Left and Right and one Ground (I chose Audio Ground). Make sure you check for numbers on your scart socket to ensure you’re soldering to the correct pins!
When I soldered the Japanese RGB Plug, I started by linking up all the Ground pins (outlined in Blue on the table above). Then went on and soldered the signal wires (highlighted in Green on the table above).
That’s it, just put the cable together and you’re done.
To get the parts needed you could buy a Scart Extension lead, a nice easy way of getting a Scart Plug and Socket and some cable, and probably cheaper than buying the components separately. You can also buy cables with 2 Scart sockets and 1 Scart plug, very handy if you want to make up more than one cable, I paid just over £2 for that including delivery from eBay much cheaper than buying the parts by themselves and now I have a spare Scart socket to use on another project I have in mind!
Of course, if you prefer to buy one rather than make it yourself, Retro Gaming Cables sell them, don’t forget to use the code MMMONKEY for 10% off!