XRGB mini Framemeister EURO Scart Conversion

Chances are, if you’re looking at this page, you already know what the XRGB mini Framemeister is.  If you don’t, take at a look at these sites for a detailed analysis.

The RGB input lead that comes with the XRGB is wired for Japanese 21 pin RGB, it looks the same as the more common EURO Scart, but is wired up differently.  The table below hopefully demonstrates the differences between the two (at least in relation to the wires that are used in the XRGB adapter), click the image to see it larger.


xrgb mini adapter

It really is as simple as removing the wires one or two at a time and then soldering them into the relevant pin to make it work with EURO RGB Scart Leads.

I did stumble upon this cool guide, which includes a nice easy to follow order to remove and re-solder the wires with minimum fuss (although it misses out moving 18 to 5 – but this isn’t strictly necessary).

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Photos probably aren’t necessary, but here’s some anyway.  You’ll see I added solder to Pins 2, 4, 6 and 11 so that they were ready for their wires.

JP21 Layout, Pin 11 with added solder
JP21 Layout with Pins 2, 4 and 6 Soldered
JP21 Layout, Pins 2, 4 and 6 with added solder
EURO Scart Layout
EURO Scart Layout
EURO Scart Layout
EURO Scart Layout

Lots of sites say that the earlier versions of the firmware for the XRGB mini preferred to have a pure composite sync signal instead of using composite video for sync.  I haven’t tried all my consoles yet, but it should be easy to add an LM1881 Sync Stripper inside of the Scart housing if needed.

Don’t forget, as well as sorting out the above RGB input, you’ll also need to consider the PSU you’re going to use.

If you prefer to buy a cable that you know is going to work, try Retro Gaming Cables – use the code MMMONKEY for 10% off!  They also sell one with a Sync Stripper built in.