[Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM

Dale Wick dmwick at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 6 16:27:39 CEST 2012

Yeah, that is correct.  You have to buy the cable, then take it apart, and rewire it to get the video and audio out successfully.  I've done it to several commodore cables for people in my users group back when that was active.
I've actually lost all of my cables like that, and I have it on my todo list to make a new one with a 5 pin din connector, which are pretty easy to get. Even Radio Shack usually kept them in stock.

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 3, 2012 12:53:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] RCA v. coax v. ADAM

I have been looking at my pinouts collection :-)
It looks to me that you are correct - the audio lead on a commodore cable would carry the Adam video signal. But, unless I've glanced at it wrong, it doesn't appear that you could get any audio signal from using a commodore cable with the Adam.
Adam pinout would be:
1=audio,2=gnd,3=composite video, pin4=gnd, pin 5-7=nc
commodore pinout:
1=+6v (+12v on the TI-99/4a)
4=video low (this is the video common to the vic-20/c64,etc)
5=video high

so a commodore cable would send the adam video out on the audio lead of the commodore cable and the adam audio to nowhere.

can anyone verify this?

BTW: you can get a commodore cable here:

> 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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