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RE: [N8VEM-S100:1514] New/Old Project (Altair restoration)

Hi Dave -

Sounds like I should keep my eye open for an old, cheap TV at Goodwill or
something.  I'd hate to waste a bunch of time trying to debug a video board
when the problem is actually a compatibility issue with newer TVs.


- Eric

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Subject: Re: [N8VEM-S100:1514] New/Old Project (Altair restoration)

On Mar 9, 2013, at 1:26 PM, "Eric Osman" <er...@osmancrew.com> wrote:

> Hi Josh -
> If that yellow jack on the new TVs will work, then I should be fine, as we
have a small one that isn't being used, except occasionally in the guest

Just be aware that newer digital TVs aren't always friendly with older
composite sources that weren't necessarily 100% in spec.  For example, my TV
from about 3 years ago has a very hard time even syncing to an Apple II or
NES output, and their composite decoders are NASTY when it comes to anything
digital.  If you can scrounge up an old TV that has a composite interface
(the cheaper the better, because the cheaper ones had sloppier control loops
that were a lot more tolerant of bad inputs) and have space for it, you'll
be a lot happier.  Craigslist is often a good source to get one for free,
since no one wants to have to haul one to the dump.

- Dave

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