This page will show you the various ways to get your SEGA Dreamcast up and running!

SEGA A/V OUT:

This port is used for the SEGA Composite RCA AV Cable (red, white & Yellow). And can be used with an RF Box.

AC ADAPTOR:

This is the power supply port for the SEGA MK-2103 AC unit.

The SEGA Dreamcast connection ports:

METHOD #1 - RF Connection

What you will need:


This is the method that most of you will remember. It was the staple method of hooking game systems up to a TV starting with PONG and still used for the XBOX and Playstation 2. It is by far the worst way to go for picture quality. The reason being is that all the video and audio signals are compressed into one coaxial cable and jammed in to the TV, letting the television split it apart on its end. This causes a fuzzy picture, often accompanied by rolling lines! But if you only have a Coaxial input on your TV, what else can you do.


STEP #1

Plug the RF cable into your game system.


STEP #2

Attach the other end of the RF to your television cable port. (see diagram)

If you are currently using this port for you Antenna, Cable or Satellite TV,

and you only have one port (unlike the diagram). Unscrew the cord, screw

in the RF box, and then screw the TV Cord to the port supplied on the

RF box. This way your TV source will continue to work when the game

system is off.


STEP #3

Change the CH3-CH4 switch (Which is located on the RF box)

to desired channel.


STEP #4

Plug the Power Supply into the game system.


STEP #5

Plug the power supply into the wall.


STEP #6

Plug in a game, turn on the game system on. Doing this first will help in finding the right TV settings, when you see the game, you got it right!


STEP #7

Turn the TV to the channel you picked on the RF BOX. If you have a newer model TV, you probably have several INPUTS SOURCES available from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. If this is the case you will most likely need to change it to AIR, which you may also have more than one option (AIR 1 or 2 or A and B, as shown on the above diagram). To change to these different video signal options, you usually have a INPUT or SOURCE button on your remote or television.


STEP #8

Enjoy some classic gaming goodness!


METHOD #2 - SEGA RCA Connection

What you will need:


This method will give you better picture quality than using RF from the SEGA Dreamcast. Image quality over RF is very noticeable.


STEP #1

Plug the RCA cable into your game system.


STEP #2

Attach the other end of the RCA cable to you TV. You could have multiple options available

like on the diagram to the left. You can place it in any one that is not in use. YELLOW is always

the VIDEO and should be plugged into the YELLOW port. RED and WHITE (right and left

respectively) are the sound and should be plugged into the proper color for the cable.


STEP #4

Plug the Power Supply into the game system.


STEP #5

Plug the power supply into the wall.


STEP #6

Plug in a game, turn on the game system on. Doing this first will help in finding the right TV

settings, when you see the game, you got it right!


STEP #7

Turn your TV to the appropriate VIDEO SOURCE You probably have several INPUTS available

from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. In the diagram above you would need to change

your TV to VIDEO 1. To change to these different video signal options, you usually have a

INPUT button on your remote or television. Now, enjoy some classic gaming goodness!

The SEGA Dreamcast has two different ways to connect to your television.


RF: the cable that was packed with all the units, but provides the worst picture quality. You should only use this method if you television does not have RCA available.


SEGA COMPOSITE RCA: this provides a better picture quality than RF from the SEGA Saturn.


The SEGA Dreamcast has a couple other methods that are not covered here (yet). One method is an
s-video cable. I have gotten MANY of these cables (they look like the Saturn S-video) and have had a grand total of NONE of these work. It may be due to poor manufacturing, crossing wires or what not, but I didn’t want to list it here because I have never gotten a good cable.


The other method is using a VGA box. This is an awesome way to go and it does work. I will add this method in a bit, but you basically have a box you plug into the back of the Dreamcast, and then you can hook a computer monitor up to the box. This picture is beyond anything you have seen out of the Dreamcast. This box also contains an s-video out, which DOES work (as opposed to the straight cable mentioned above). You simply run a regular s-video to s-video cable from the box to your TV, and run a couple RCA cables for audio.


Thanks! Trog


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