[Coco] Using a NTSC Coco in the UK - my findings
petrander at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 05:08:58 EST 2007
Welcome to the club of rare and endangered European CoCo users! As far as I
know, there is only me i Denmark, Torsten Dittel in Germany, and Thierry
Mella in Belgium.
Since the 80s I have also been struggling with the problem of voltage and
video display. Being just a kid back then I unwittingly ordered a CoCo3 from
my paper route savings only to discover it cannot work just like that.
Someone got me a transformator and my parents were so kind to buy me a CM-8.
A few years ago I was so lucky to snatch an Australian Coco 3 from eBay that
readily could be connected in Europe to both 240V power and PAL televisions
(though I still have the CM-8 from back then).
I also inherited a lot of stuff from a former CoCo club prominent in the
Netherlands that enabled me to upgrade my Aussie CoCo3 to 512K and then went
Recently however, when I fired it up again it now only get garbage on the
screen to my great dismay. I know not yet how to solve this problem, but it
is pretty tragic really... :-(
On 22/02/07, Steve.Lancaster at moorestephens.com <
Steve.Lancaster at moorestephens.com> wrote:
> Hello all
> I have just taken delivery of my first Coco 3.
> Since I live in the UK and have read all the excellent advice from fellow
> users here - my own findings are as follows.
> 1) I have a 45 watt 240v to 110v step down transformer and this appears to
> work absolutely fine. Nevertheless I have taken on board (and will heed)
> the advice regarding possible overheating.
> 2) Using the RF output to an (ordinary) TV - you get a fuzzy picture, then
> it rolls (a bit like using an NTSC Atari 2600 on a PAL TV).
> However, my main TV is NTSC compatible and I discovered the following.
> 1) A/V from Coco to TV - does not work
> 2) A/V from Coco to SCART on TV - works absolutely fine.
> I have tried my Dragon 32 joysticks on the Coco (on Shanghai and Downland)
> - work absolutely fine.
> The next thing I will try is to load some Dragon 32 .WAV files (using the
> cassette lead connected to my laptop) into the Coco to see if any work. As
> per previous advice from Phill it will be a case of "suck it and see" but
> I will let you know which games work.
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