I bought a gen 2 Genesis at a pawn shop today and they gave me this RF adapter, but it's not working. I just went back down to get the power adapter switched out because they gave me a gen 1, is this RF switch also gen 1 or could there be something else wrong?
google search says that model is for the Genny 2.
How do you know it's not working? Are you sure it's not a problem with the genesis itself, or the connection between the game and the console?
What TV are you using. AFAIK new TVs don't accept old analogue RF. Cable is digital now and all that.
Okay, if you see that single instance of flicker when you turn it on, that probably means its not a problem with the RF connector. The issue is most likely the connection with the game cartridge.
1) clean the game's pins with isopropyl and a q-tip
2) clean the cartridge slot by covering a credit card with a thin cloth (such as an old tshirt you don't care about). Cover that with isopropyl and insert it in and out of the cartridge slot on the console to get grime off that too.
I just don't know how there can be such a lack of knowledge of rgb. Why would you need a pvm? You just get scart cable online for the same price as any other cable, plug it into any TV, and it just works. What more is needed?
I'm not the guy who called op disgusting for using rf. That was pretty mean, seeing as it came with the console. I was just replying to the guy who knew nothing about rgb and said you need a pwm or some other bullshit. I don't even know what a pvm is but all my consoles are in rgb.
OP here, sorry I went quiet.
Interestingly enough, it works on an LCD. I haven't used RF on the CRT for a while so I'm guessing that's what's broke. Looks like shit on the LCD though, I'm still gonna look for some component cables for it.
>I just don't know how there can be such a lack of knowledge of rgb.
You show a lack of knowledge as well. Most old games were not created with RGB in mind. Genesis games ESPECIALLY were not - they used a lot of dithering to get around the colour limit or simulate transparencies. This was even confirmed by one of the devs, who specifically mentioned that on RGB output the game looked worse than how it should.
I hate to insult your intelligence but I have honestly seen people not realise this in the past.
You have to tune your TV into the correct frequency. You can't just plug it in and expect it to go, that's not how RF works. If you are actually on this boat of foolishness then turn the console on and then activate auto-tuning. If you get an analogue TV channel instead (not bleedin' likely nowadays) press the button again until you find the console output. Then store this channel so that you don't need to tune it in again.
I had to do this with the LCD, but the CRT works like any other CRT I've ever used; set the RF switch to channel 3 or 4, turn the tv to that channel and you're golden. I think I have an RF switch lying around somewhere for the snes, if I ever get around to it I'll try that to confirm the problem was with the tv.
On a side note, can you use ethyl alcohol instead of isopropyl to clean a cartridge? One of the two games I bought with it blinks the opening credits and goes black, I want to try cleaning it but I only have ethyl on hand and can't find anything online saying it's safe.
Notice how OP said genesis and not mega drive.
We don't have SCART-compatible TVs in the US, you dense motherfucker. You're telling him he needs to go out and buy specialty cables, transcoders, and/or BNC breakout adapters and a PVM. Stop being an autist; the dude just wants to play a fucking genesis.
>buy a scart tv like vr says
>go to unplug snes
>connectors break off inside TV
There's good reasons the free world doesn't put up with that bullshit. It looks the same on most sets anyways.
>calling USA a shitty third world country
Number 1 economy is in America
Number 2 is China
Even a small island like Japan is better then most Euro chuck countries
Seems to me like you euro poors are the third world country.
P>AL shitters thinking they can trash talk the USA
Enjoy your shit retro games running 17% lower and at 50hz. Have fun needing to install region mods and 50/60hz switches on every console or importing everything.
>Number 1 economy is in America
You mean number 1 most indebted country.
>this obviously means the whole industry thought exactly like this guy during 20+ years
The Genesis/Megadrive shipped either with RF or Composite cables world wide, though. So it is not a stretch to say that games were made with that in mind.
It's also possible that the pins are fucked. My original RF adapter ended up breaking its audio pin back in the day. We ultimately had to replace it. Weird as shit playing without audio for like, half a year. I think we beat the entirety of Flashback in silence.
No it didn't. Sometimes they shipped with scart. I know for certain that pretty much ever console ever released in France came with scart since pal consoles wouldn't work on secam tvs with rf or composite, but would with rgb.
Some consoles sometimes came with scart in the UK, too. Im pretty sure most of the time they came with rf simply as a cost cutting measure. I remember getting a new Saturn in like 1996 here in the UK and there was actually a printed card in the box saying that they haven't included the scart cable as stated on the box and have included an rf switch instead.