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    Hello.

    Let me preface this by saying I gave away my old Gamecube and the pricey component cables to my sister a while ago, since she plays on an HDTV and figured she'd want the best picture. I already had a Wii at the time so I could just play my GCN games on that, right? (with inferior 480p picture compared to actual GCN hardware, but let's not get into that).

    Well... since Gamecubes are so cheap second-hand nowadays, I figure I'd avoid the annoying Wii menu and need for a charged controller just to launch a Gamecube game by setting up a standalone GCN up on my SD Trinitron. I assume the SD CRT will hide jaggies and other imperfections and remove lag intrinsic to HD monitors.

    I notice that the GCN utilizes the same AV connector as AV Famicoms, SNES/SFC, and N64. So my question is, before I set out to find a Gamecube at a flea market or garage sale and track down another pair of expensive component cables; is the GCN capable of outputting RGB from its AV port? I would be using my SFC's SCART cable on the GCN for RGB at 480i, not 480p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dementia_ View Post
    is the GCN capable of outputting RGB from its AV port?
    No.

    Not the NTSC consoles at least, the PAL Cube can. To get RGB out of an NTSC Cube requires a fudge cable modified from component cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dementia_ View Post
    (with inferior 480p picture compared to actual GCN hardware, but let's not get into that).
    Please do get into that, I've never heard of it before and would be interested in such information.

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    Mayhem is right, NTSC Gamecubes only output digital component (if it has the digital connector). PAL Gamecubes are the only ones that have RGB out and since that's a different region, finding a pair of sought after GameCube component cables is the cheapest route to take.
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    Default NTSC Gamecube RGB out

    The cable isn't easy to find. I had one specially ordered through NCSX back in the day. I think they went through Lik-Sang. Here is the step by step instructions on how to make one.

    http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/ntsc-gamecube-rgb-cable/

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    You can't by conventional means do everything on one Gamecube. Not just AV port, their BIOS is different too.

    NTSC lacks the European languages.
    PAL lacks Japanese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dementia_ View Post
    Well... since Gamecubes are so cheap second-hand nowadays
    I reckon finding one with the digital-out port might be slightly tricky. The later models (DOL-101 as opposed to DOL-001) lack that capability entirely. Be sure to check!
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    I own a special made GameCube cable that allows me to use it for both native analog RGB, as well as component. The cable is spilt into two sections. the first section, would simply plug into the back of the gamecube, and then into my Commodore 1084S monitor. The other cable, snaps onto the end of the other cable, and it has regular component connectors on it. I use that with any HDTV, or TV that has component capabilities. It's the best of both worlds. True, native RGB for the handful of GameCube games that don't feature progressive scan support, and then component for all the games that do.

    You have to sacrifice an authentic, Nintendo made GameCube component cable to make this specialized cable. If anybody is really, really interested in it, I might be willing to part with it. ( I don't play my Cube as much as I used to...)

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