N64 on TV & HDTV

Kerr Avon
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Kerr Avon
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1:18 PM - Feb 26, 2009 #1

Every so often, someone posts on the 'net about how their new LCD/HD/whatever television
looks terrible when displaying an N64 picture. So I was wondering if someone here with
experience (I've only used my N64 on a CRT TV, and none of my mates still have N64s,
the poor losers!) could write a guide/FAQ about using the N64 with different types of TVs,
which cables and connections to use, and so on?

I think it would be invaluable in the near future to those of us who stay loyal to our 64-bit
friend.
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Kerr Avon
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1:13 PM - Feb 28, 2009 #2

No one? Surely someone has some suggestions or URLs to post?

And why is it that when I look at a large screen LCD TV I see an inferior picture to
a CRT TV, yet everyone else says that CRTs look inferior?
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alxbly
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3:23 PM - Feb 28, 2009 #3

Depends on the TV, the signal, resolution, etc, etc. N64's were designed for the TV's of 1996 with standard definition. Here a few general principles:

Use composite instead of RF.

Use S-video if you have an NTSC N64. Most PAL N64's aren't s-video compatible but it might be worth a try.

An RGB mod makes the picture look better but it's not easy.

N64's generally look better on CRT's than on HDTVs.

If you're using an HDTV make sure it's one with a good quality upscaler (cheaper TV's don't have good quality upscalers).

Use the original ratio (i.e. 4:3 instead of 16:9... although if your TV can display 14:9 that can look pretty good and minimizes borders).

Don't use RF with a HDTV, it looks really, really bad.
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Bill
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10:55 PM - Feb 28, 2009 #4

alxbly wrote:Use S-video if you have an NTSC N64. Most PAL N64's aren't s-video compatible but it might be worth a try.
I don't get this, on my TV (which is HD and that's probably the problem) an AV cord looks much better than S-Video. The only noticeable difference is this grid thing that shows up.
Proof:

Mario S-Video: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0895.jpg
Mario AV Cord: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0896.jpg

SF64 HS in S-Video: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0893.jpg
SF64 HS with AV Cord: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0894.jpg

even when i bring the size down to 1/4 it still does this.

EDIT: is the S-video cable broken?
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Robond
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2:55 AM - Mar 03, 2009 #5

Bill wrote:
alxbly wrote:Use S-video if you have an NTSC N64. Most PAL N64's aren't s-video compatible but it might be worth a try.
I don't get this, on my TV (which is HD and that's probably the problem) an AV cord looks much better than S-Video. The only noticeable difference is this grid thing that shows up.
Proof:

Mario S-Video: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0895.jpg
Mario AV Cord: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0896.jpg

SF64 HS in S-Video: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0893.jpg
SF64 HS with AV Cord: http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90 ... G_0894.jpg

even when i bring the size down to 1/4 it still does this.

EDIT: is the S-video cable broken?
Very strange, im my TV N64 games looks better with a S-video cable.
Wii + 59 games + 7 Wii Ware + 28 VC! GC + 85 games! N64 + 38 games! DS + 32 games + 9 GBA games!
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Shiren Wonders
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8:03 PM - Mar 03, 2009 #6

Bill,

Ideally/theoretically, s-video should always give a better picture than composite.
I believe you have a poor quality (e.g. poor shielding) s-video cable.
I had the exact problem 6 mo.'s ago or so. I replaced a broken Gamecube Monster s-video cable with a cheap s-video. When I replaced the crappy cable with a new Monster, the dots in the picture went away, and it was clearly sharper than composite video.
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Bill
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11:11 PM - Apr 11, 2009 #7

Thanks. that would explain it. i do have a pretty crappy cable for it. You guys think a Pelican Cable would be a reliable quality?
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Mop it up
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11:46 PM - Apr 11, 2009 #8

Why not just spring for a Nintendo-branded one?
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Bill
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12:50 AM - Apr 12, 2009 #9

Mop_it_up wrote:Why not just spring for a Nintendo-branded one?
ah, the Mop_it_up mentality, if Nintendo makes it, buy it. :P
Actually for some reason the thought that Nintendo made an S-Video cable never crossed my mind. but it's too late now, I've already purchased a Monster Cable.
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Bayman2004
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9:51 PM - Feb 27, 2011 #10

Does an n64 look OK on a LCD HDTV , as I dont have a CRT TV anymore :n64:
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