[Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 86, Issue 5

Dale Wick dmwick at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 6 16:08:16 CEST 2012

The enchanced video board is the F18A, available here:
It offers all of the original modes but outputs them (by pixel doubling) to 800x600 resolution.  It also offers some new video resolutions and an 80 column text mode.  And he had some extra space in there so he added a video memory based graphics processor (in assembler the same as the TI 99) so that it can do tricks purely in video memory.
It has a backwards compatible mode, and then it can open up new features if you enable them.
I think that for 3D you'd need at least a 60 fps interlaced video mode, with flicker graphics and maybe a plasma TV.  So 256x192 wouldn't work for that, but 512x384 (which is supported on the 9938 and 9958 video chips) would do the trick for 3D.  Something new to potentially experiment with in the future I guess.

From: Jim Notini <jnoti2 at comcast.net>
To: shonmccallum at juno.com; coladam at adamcon.org 
Sent: Friday, August 3, 2012 4:55:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 86, Issue 5

Overkill as the ADAM is still only outputting, at best, a Composite Video 
signal. The video or resolution won't be any better unless some major 
upgrades are made to the ADAM's video chip, etc. and really how far can you 
take it seeing as any replacement Video Chip has to stay be compatible with 
the CV&ADAMs current one. Well that's an easy answer...

There is such a video upgrade board for the ColecoVision and ADAM that was 
announced last year and made by a member on AtariAge that outputs a VGA 
signal. For the unskilled, it's a major upgrade and they would have to find 
someone to perform the modification for them. I can't recall the name of the 
product, but you can search on AtariAge for the CV, ADAM, TI-99/4A video 
upgrade board. Last I heard, the developer has a large number of pre-orders, 
but there has been an extended delay in the production of the upgrade 

However, the resolution is still only 320x240 unless somehow this board can 
upscale to higher resolutions. I'm going to have to reread thru that thread 
once I find it.

For what it's worth, Composite Output thru the use of a Commodore Monitor 
Cable to a Sony 26" LCD's Composite Video Inputs gives me a tremendous 
picture that is even better than some of the best Composite Monitors that I 
used back in the day especially since it's so much larger.

Anyway, why stop at HDMI... why not go crazy and ask for 3-D as well. 
    ;- )

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What we need is a HDMI output on the Adam. All modern computer monitors and 
TV’s being manufactured have a HDMI input. That would be a major upgrade to 
the ADAM. For those that have a Colecovision with expansion module #3 there 
are some that are using a 480i component video output modification which 
produces the best picture quality every seen on the Colecovison/ADAM.
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  1. Re: RCA v. coax v. ADAM (SacNews - Joe Blenkle)


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Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 00:40:14 -0700
From: "SacNews - Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
Subject: Re: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM
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Bored? We need more bored people like you!!!

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From: "John Turner" <gimechip at live.com>
To: <oltmansg at gmail.com>; <jnoti2 at comcast.net>
Cc: <kjpmail at gmail.com>; <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 12:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM

> During this discussion I decided to lay out a small 1.9" x 1.9" PCB. It
> has a 5 pin DIN socket, 3 RCA jacks, a 10 ohm trim pot and .005uF
> capacitor. The capacitor is connected across the video as this seems to
> smooth out interference a bit. The audio signal goes into the center of
> the trim pot and the left and right are taken off the legs of the pot.
> This provides the same signal to both RCA audio jacks but gives a small
> "balance" control. If anyone wants to see the schematic & layout, I can
> email it to you. To use this you would plug an AT keyboard extension (male
> to male, 5 pin DIN) into the adam and into this board. Then a standard A/V
> cable would plug into the 3 rca jacks to connect to the TV/Monitor. Don't
> know how well this would work - I was just bored :-) -John
>> Subject: Re: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM
>> From: oltmansg at gmail.com
>> Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:57:06 -0500
>> CC: gimechip at live.com; kjpmail at gmail.com; coladam at adamcon.org
>> To: jnoti2 at comcast.net
>> If memory serves, you can use a C-64 compatible cable as you said, but I
>> think that perhaps the audio and video outputs are swapped around. If it
>> worked on the C-64 or TI and not on the ADAM, try swapping the
>> audio/video and see if it works.
>> On Aug 2, 2012, at 8:30 PM, Jim Notini wrote:
>> > BITD I had a C=64 and ADAM that shared the same Composite Monitor thru
>> > the use of a 5-Pin Commodore Monitor Cable. I saw the Coleco version in
>> > stores, but never bought it seeing as I had a working cable already...
>> > now being a collector, I wish I had the Coleco cable in it's original
>> > Blister package and not the plastic bag version that I think was
>> > packaged by American Design Components from all the surplus stock they
>> > bought from Coleco.
>> >
>> > Thanks for the info. re the TI-99/4A cable compatibility as I was
>> > planning to pick up a spare cable just in case and I can check/compare
>> > prices for one of those as well.
>> >
>> > Thankfully most companies didn't try to reinvent the wheel, too much,
>> > back in the day so instances of cross compatibility do exist... it's
>> > just a matter of trying things out.
>> >
>> >  ----- Original Message ----- 
>> >  From: John Turner
>> >  To: jnoti2 at comcast.net ; kjpmail at gmail.com ; coladam at adamcon.org
>> >  Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 6:01 PM
>> >  Subject: RE: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM
>> >
>> >
>> >  I was wondering if the commodore cable could be used, but my coleco
>> > manual said "if it doesn't say it was made for the Adam it probably
>> > won't work", but since you've tried it then I guess it will. The 5 pin
>> > DIN was sort of a pseudo standard that started, as far as I can
>> > remember, with the Vic-20. The same 5-pin cable that works with Vic-20,
>> > C-64, etc. will also work with the NTSC version of the TI-99/4A (the
>> > PAL TI-99/4A uses a different cable). So basically then, a commodore
>> > 5-pin DIN or a TI-99/4A NTSC 5-pin DIN a/v cable should all work.
>> >
>> >
>> >> From: jnoti2 at comcast.net
>> >> To: kjpmail at gmail.com; coladam at adamcon.org
>> >> Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:43:45 -0500
>> >> Subject: Re: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM
>> >>
>> >> If you have the Stand-Alone ADAM (with the ColecoVision built-in) all
>> >> you
>> >> need to do to use this version of the ADAM with a Composite TV or
>> >> Monitor is
>> >> buy a Commodore 1802 Monitor compatible monitor cable... they can be
>> >> had on
>> >> eBay for around $7-$10. This particular cable has a 5-pin DIN
>> >> connector that
>> >> plugs into the "AUX VIDEO" connector on the back of the ADAM and
>> >> either a
>> >> black or yellow RCA Plug that connects to the composite video input of
>> >> the
>> >> TV/Monitor. This Commodore cable usually only provides one RCA Audio
>> >> Jack
>> >> that you would plug into the White Audio RCA Input of the TV/Monitor.
>> >> You
>> >> may get lucky and find a cable that provides 2 Audio RCA lines, but I
>> >> haven't seen one in a while. BTW, Coleco states you need a 7-Pin DIN
>> >> type
>> >> connector, but the 5-Pin DIN works perfectly.
>> >>
>> >> CHROMA/LUMA COMPATIBLE! It won't work.
>> >>
>> >> You can also plus a Composite Video cable into the MONITOR connector
>> >> on the
>> >> back of the ADAM and then plug the other end into the Composire Video
>> >> Input
>> >> of the TV/Monitor. This will only provide VIDEO and you would have to
>> >> find a
>> >> 5-Pin or 7-Pin DIN to 1 or 2 RCA AUDIO ONLY Cable. This is the method
>> >> that
>> >> Coleco details in their instructions, but is a waste seeing as the
>> >> first
>> >> method I detailed workd great.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Jim/NIAD
>> >>
>> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> >> From: "Kevin Powers" <kjpmail at gmail.com>
>> >> To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
>> >> Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 10:13 AM
>> >> Subject: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>> What are the connections from the ADAM to the TV/monitor? When I get
>> >>> my
>> >>> ADAM, I would like to connect via RCA cables, i.e., 1 composite RCA
>> >>> connection for the video & 1 or 2 composite connections for the mono
>> >>> audio. But my understanding is that in order to do this, I would need
>> >>> to
>> >>> have a special cable that plugs into a 5-pin port in the back of the
>> >>> ADAM.
>> >>>
>> >>> Is it possible to plug two RCA cables into the ADAM, plug them into
>> >>> the
>> >>> TV,
>> >>> and be done? Or am I going to be stuck using the same coaxial jack
>> >>> that I
>> >>> use to plug a cable box or most video game systems without
>> >>> composite-out into my TV?
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