Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:10 PM
I know nothing about this, since I got it for 20$ with five games, but it was working when I tested it at the seller's home... Here's a picture.
Any idea why? When I put in Streets of Rage II, I was messing around with turning the Genesis on and off again (I tried a lot, it didn't work this time) and I saw the game for a few seconds. I then turned it off, put in Sonic 3, turned it back on and the image reverted to those lines.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:14 PM
Perhaps a problem with the sync line. Is that RF? Composite? RGB?
Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:19 PM
It's RF, and it can't be a region problem because I bought my TV here and the Genesis has Genesis written on it. Model 1, BTW.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:36 PM
Sometimes it's the simplest of things, you've tuned the TV right? I ask as I had a terribly long phone conversation with my girlfriend recently, as her friend had recently bought a Mega Drive, and they couldn't get it to work as they had no idea that you had to tune the TV. It made me feel very old indeed.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:50 PM
How would I do that? I've never used the RF input since the only thing I ever used on the TV is my Gamecube, which used the composite cables.
I never had to tune.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:59 PM
If your TV has AV input, there is a Genesis AV cable you could buy for a relatively cheap price (I think I paid less than $10 for it). Was very useful, since my coaxial broke years ago.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:24 PM
Well if it IS a tuning issue, then all you should have to do is find a spare channel on your TV, such as 0 or 42 or whatever, access the channel tuning option somewhere on your TV's menu using the remote, and at that point it'll either have you manually going through frequencies like you would when finding a radio channel, or automatically shift through them, but leaving it to you to stop the process when you get the best signal.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:34 PM
Find Channel 3, simple as that.
You seriously should consider investing in a composite cable to check if it is RF's fault.
Also, it really doesn't look like RF noise. It looks like VSync is missing or something.
This post has been edited by Oerg866: 17 August 2012 - 07:35 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:38 PM
See the I/G switch on your RF adapter?
Try switching that.
This post has been edited by Uberham: 17 August 2012 - 10:39 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:09 AM
That looks like what one might see if the TV is one channel off from the incoming signal (especially in the VHF range). I dunno if Canada is any different from the US in this regard (I know you use NTSC like we do), but here RF modulators tend to work on either channel 3 or 4 (except for the 2600 which can work on channel 2 or 3). If you're on 3, switch it to 4, and if you're on 4, switch it to 3.
Uberham's idea is also valid, but the switch shouldn't be labeled I/G, but rather Ch3/Ch4 (or something similar). You can try both options and see which one gives you a better picture (although that difference is kind of a moot point nowadays as most digital channels are UHF, and there is most likely no analog NTSC being broadcast on either channel, so the picture should be pretty much the same on both). Just make sure your TV and your RF switch are set to the same channel.
This post has been edited by LocalH: 18 August 2012 - 10:12 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:36 AM
This is the box that came with it, so I can't switch anything on it.
Nintendo RF Switch
I don't know if this is messed up, but the original picture was from channel 2. Channel 3 gets nothing, and channel 4 gets lines and sometimes lines with static. I'm about to upload a video.
This post has been edited by Joltanz Mantis: 18 August 2012 - 10:49 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:08 PM
Have you tried tuning it, as was already suggested? Granted, I don't know whether ye olde analogue TV works much differently in the US compared to my experience in the UK (I'm not aware of numbered channels [except zero/AV] here differing in anything but number, for instance) – but I doubt it's devoid of any requirement to manually tune things occasionally.
This post has been edited by dsrb: 18 August 2012 - 12:11 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:43 PM
The box you use really should not matter actually.
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:52 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:55 PM
OK Seen it. The blackness on ch 03 tells me it is the right channel (NOT ch 04), and infact the Genesis is not producing picture output.
This post has been edited by Oerg866: 18 August 2012 - 12:56 PM