Working SCART splitter? Advice please?

Hi, does anybody know of a WORKING SCART splitter? It's just that I've tried numerous ones, and I get extremely faint sound from them all; if I attempt to raise the volume on the TV to compensate, I get a load of "static" sound. The splitter is connected to the TV, and I have a PS1 and PS2 connected to the splitter.

I'm about to pull my hair out! Which ones actually work?

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Surely just use ps2 as It's backwards compatible

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The PS1 has a modchip installed, and I don't want to wear out my original games that I have paid an arm and a leg for over the years, so I back them up to CD-Rs which the PS2 can't play since it's not modded. Plus it just "feels" better to play games on the original console anyway.
Edited by: "Breadboy" 20th Sep 2010

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It's a 3-1 model; 3 SCART inputs on the splitter. There is no switch or button.

Thanks for the advice. I will probably get one with a switch, but the only issue for me that I see is that I will lose the ability to automatically switch between the PS1/PS2; with the one I have now I just need to switch one off anf turn the other on, and it switches accordingly. I would lose this ability with a switched one right?

Start splitters are very temperamental from what I remember, as dcx says though a switched one is the only real way to go, or use a composite cable for the ps2?

poundstretcher and argos used to do a really good switched one for a fiver.

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Well, I've found a workaround for the sound issue. I found out that I only get the issue if any unused device is recieving electrical current.

I found this out because everything was always fine if I played on my PS1 and had the PS2 switched off (as you would expect), but if I attempted to play on the PS2 I would always get the sound issue, even with the PS1 turned off. I pondered to myself why it would work fine on one but not the other, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks that it must be due to the way that the PS1 handles being turned off as opposed to the PS2; the PS2 (the fat models at least) has a switch at the back that makes it entirely "dead", while the PS1 only has a power on/off button and reset button, meaning that unlike the PS2 which you can truly make "dead", the PS1 will always receieve some current when plugged in, even if you thought that it was truly "off".

So I thought hmm... let me unplug the PS1, and to my surprise the PS2 worked perfectly. I had both consoles plugged into the same power strip, so I removed the PS1 from it and plugged it directly into the other socket on the wall, which I switched off. It worked perfectly. Now if I want to use the PS1 I just leave the PS2 turned off from the "hard" switch (as it always is when not in use), and if I want to use the PS2 I simply ensure that the PS1 is turned off from the wall socket. Simple!

dcx_badass

Yes, you would have to get up and press the switch. You're the one at the … Yes, you would have to get up and press the switch. You're the one at the moment doesn't work though, so not really a valid comparison.


Perhaps you are right, but I found a workaround now, so I'm satisfied.

sancho1983

Start splitters are very temperamental from what I remember, as dcx says … Start splitters are very temperamental from what I remember, as dcx says though a switched one is the only real way to go, or use a composite cable for the ps2?


LOL, composite? Have you seen how that looks compared to a true RGB cable for the PS1/PS2? The difference is like night and day, so to speak. Composite looks all muddy and blurry, while with an RGB SCART cable everything is nice and crisp. I could never step backwards like that.

alternate

poundstretcher and argos used to do a really good switched one for a … poundstretcher and argos used to do a really good switched one for a fiver.


That's a shame that they discontinued it. It may have been worth a try anyway.
Edited by: "Breadboy" 21st Sep 2010

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I was just wondering, would this maplin.co.uk/Mod…166 be a better one? I can get the same one there but for £2. Should I get it?

Maplin used to do one that worked with a remote control - similar to the one you've posted above.

I know coz I bought one from here

Original Poster

Should I buy it? Or will it just be a waste...?

Could you not just stick the ps1 into the scart scocket on the tele and the ps2 into the rgbs if it has them ?

Original Poster

How? The TV has a single RGB SCART socket. So where would the other go?
Edited by: "Breadboy" 13th Nov 2010

Breadboy

How? The TV has a single RGB SCART socket. So where would the other go?



I said if it has, some old tvs have rgbs on the front or the side.

Original Poster

RGB would be through a SCART socket, so you cannot have "RGB" on its own like you seem to imply; RGB is not an interface (that is, a physical socket in which you plug a cable), it is a signal that goes through the cable. The TV has composite inputs at the front (red, white and yellow jacks), but no SCART there, only at the back. I've never heard of a TV that has SCART sockets at the front or side...they all have them at the back. So you must be talking about something else. Did you mean RCA (the yellow, red and white ones)?





Edited by: "Breadboy" 13th Nov 2010

Breadboy

RGB would be through a SCART socket, so you cannot have "RGB" on its own … RGB would be through a SCART socket, so you cannot have "RGB" on its own like you seem to imply; RGB is not an interface (that is, a physical socket in which you plug a cable), it is a signal that goes through the cable. The TV has composite inputs at the front (red, white and yellow jacks), but no SCART there, only at the back. I've never heard of a TV that has SCART sockets at the front or side...they all have them at the back. So you must be talking about something else. Did you mean RCA (the yellow, red and white ones)?



You would use one of these which don't go into a scart socket on the tv, it would go into the rgb ports which are on the side or at the front .

http://images.esellerpro.com/2261/W/918/4/scalegccomposite.jpg

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It's almost as if you did not read the post properly, since you still seem to use the same "RGB" term incorrectly even after what I told you. Like I said that is not RGB (which is a signal), that's a composite cable which would plug into RCA jacks (again, NOT "RGB"); red, yellow and white. Did you not read the thread? I already said that composite was not an option since the quality is sh!t compared to RGB SCART...


Edited by: "Breadboy" 13th Nov 2010

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Should I buy it?
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