I'm not a modder. I wish I was but I'm not, I don't know the first thing about how to do this stuff and I have no idea where to start learning how so maybe one day but not this week. As a result I don't have an S-Video genesis and so I'm not even going to try and hook it up to my HDTV. I did once...and it looked nightmarishly bad.
For a while I was using this teeny tiny little CRT. It had a VCR attached to it, it looked like the kind of thing we used to have in our kitchens. Very small. But despite the size not being glamorus, it looked 100X better than the HDTV does.
But I really wanted a size upgrade so last week I started updating my Genesis hangout corner. Got some new chairs, storage spaces, it looks great. Then I went to Goodwill and found a nice, larger CRT for 18 dollars. It looked newer, for a CRT, and was made by Sanyo, who also made my HDTV.
I guess because of its size and because it looked like a more recent television than the tiny one I had at home I didn't even bother to check....Feel free to call me an idiot here because I am one....But I just assumed it would have AV out.
Just a cable out. I don't have a cable out for my Genesis so I had to canabalise one. I used an NES cable first. It worked, but would often mess up after a few minutes. I started finding I had to stack something under the cable to lift it up in or to keep the contacts in place I guess but it never lasted, it would always have to be readjusted every time I played. I thought this was just the NES adapters problem so I used a TG-16 cable next. At first I thought this was working better but then, same problem.
The obvious solution here is go get a different TV. I know. One with AV out. One day maybe I will but its really a huge pain to get rid of a TV here and so I'm wondering if this is something I can fix. I imagine this is the TVs problem not the cables, because it did the same thing with both cables. Is there something I need to tighten? Or is this a lost cause?
The really frustrating thing is when it actually does work, the TV looks great, even plugged into a cable like that. I've switched back to the tiny one for now because I'm sick of dealing with it (the tiny one has AV on the front) but its disappointing because the colors were bright and crisp and when the cable cooperated it was a very clear nice screen.