Help - 480i/480p Component->VGA solution for Gamecube?

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  1. Asher Lewis

    Asher Lewis Auditioning

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    Hi, I tried posting this in the audio/video hardware forum but thought I might find more direct knowledge here.

    I have a Gamecube and an SVHS VCR and thought
    someone here might be able to recommend a solution
    to me. I've got a dorm room and a PC VGA monitor
    and need to center my 5.1 solution around that.
    I need a way to hook up my SVHS (for TV, time
    shifting) and my Gamecube, but my main focus is
    on top quality from my game systems (with an eye
    out for a future Playstation 2, older SVIDEO-maxed
    systems, etc.)

    So, I need a device that can:
    1. Carry the progressive 480p signal from Gamecube games that support it via Nintendo's et al component out to my Sony 15" PC monitor.
    Carry 480i from all the games that don't support progressive out via same component out to VGA.
    This precludes the soldered component->VGA cable
    (no solution that supports 480i VGA, afaik), although
    I might get that anyway for progressive games barring
    better solutions.

    2. Do a good job of upscaling svideo->VGA.

    I've looked at the Key Digital and Audio Authority component->VGA products but neither seem to handle anything but progressive output.

    I thought an HDTV decoder w/ VGA out might be nice, but it seems most leave the component/svideo ins to the HDTV-ready monitors. Is there an affordable HDTV decoder w/ component/svideo in?

    My budgets between $200-$500 (higher-end hopefully offering a fully NTSC analog cable-compliant HDTV decoder to relieve my aching, upscanned JVC SVHS).

    Anyone have any ideas? It's pretty irritating that Nintendo et al don't allow for simple solutions.

    Thanks,
    Asher
     
  2. Asher Lewis

    Asher Lewis Auditioning

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    And I thought this was a home theater forum... =P

    For instance, the XRGB+ would be great except it doesn't
    convert component to progressive output.

    Anyone have ANY ideas? Just a "don't know of any solution" would be nice...

    Asher
     
  3. GaryAR

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    no good advice here. i gave up & bought the key digital converter for $300. ouch. it looks like it should have cost $25...

    the fact that it only handles progressive scann is a real pain. every time i want to go to the dashboard, or play a cd or dvd i have to unplug it. plus, the auto switching mode is pretty useless, which means i have to flip dip switches when i go between my hdtv cable box & the xbox. sadly, it seems to be the best option for the time being.
     

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