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I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« on: April 29, 2012, 06:14:44 PM »
Does anyone know where to find one? There all +$100 on the net! I want one because I'm trying to play Twilight Princess again, but it looks TERRIBLE on my HD TV. Please help!
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 08:39:05 PM »
you're probably only looking at official nintendo ones, which do run around 100. You should just get one from a different company. My friend didn't have a ps2 component cable, and he got a squid that had the cables for every system for like 25 bucks from Gamestop.
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 09:13:58 PM »
It's still going to look unsatisfactory on an hdtv regardless of what cables you use.  You're better off putting that money to a cheap sdtv instead.

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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 10:47:29 PM »
haha looks like your TV is just too good aegis, better get a worse one.
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 11:58:10 PM »
Have you ever player older gen. consoles on an hdtv?  Looks awful.

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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 03:19:09 AM »
Have you ever player older gen. consoles on an hdtv?  Looks awful.

Probably because the TV does a poor job of deinterlacing. The problem here is, the GC likely sends 480i video through the digital video port, meaning the YCbCr->YPbPr converter chip in the component cable sends a 480i signal to the TV, meaning the TV will still have to deinterlace it, meaning it will still look bad.

Buying a SDTV probably *would* be easier, or shop around for a HDTV with better deinterlacing technology. (I'm wondering if the folks at WalMart will let me hook a portable DVD player into the display TVs for comparison next time I'm looking to buy.) You might even have luck using a SD video capture device on a computer, and piping the computer's video into the VGA port on the TV.
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 08:50:57 AM »
I don't want two TVs. D:

I got it to look a bit better by setting the screen to 4:3 instead of 16:9.

Also, my PS2 looks better on my HDTV for some odd reason.
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 12:29:26 PM »
I've played mario kart 64 on a big tv and I thought it looked ok.
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 02:29:06 PM »
Try playing the PSOne classics on an HD on a PS3 :O

I do so enjoy being able to play Vagrant Story (legally) again, though. :)
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 03:02:45 PM »
Have you ever player older gen. consoles on an hdtv?  Looks awful.

Probably because the TV does a poor job of deinterlacing. The problem here is, the GC likely sends 480i video through the digital video port, meaning the YCbCr->YPbPr converter chip in the component cable sends a 480i signal to the TV, meaning the TV will still have to deinterlace it, meaning it will still look bad.

Buying a SDTV probably *would* be easier, or shop around for a HDTV with better deinterlacing technology. (I'm wondering if the folks at WalMart will let me hook a portable DVD player into the display TVs for comparison next time I'm looking to buy.) You might even have luck using a SD video capture device on a computer, and piping the computer's video into the VGA port on the TV.
if he doesn't want to spend 100 dollars on nintendos official cable (i don't blame you), something tells me he wont want to spend the huge sum for a tv that upscales and filters 480p output of a gamecube well enough to make it look  as Sharp as it should :p

no last gen console will look as good on most new tvs as they do on tube sets simply due to ho they are made.  they might look good enough, but not quite as good.

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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 04:41:18 PM »
Try playing the PSOne classics on an HD on a PS3 :O

I do so enjoy being able to play Vagrant Story (legally) again, though. :)

Ugh... I don't want to see what SoTN looks like my HD TV. Even though, I want to play that again. I've been trying to contact my brother to see if he has one, but for some odd reason, he won't pick up his phone.

Well, on 3:4, TP is standable. I'm in the Goron Mines right now.

Edit: He doesn't have one, and he was surprised that they were so expensive! :S He said, though, like Janus, that it wouldn't help me much. The problem is that the GCN is built around a normal TV's round pixels, so the game will look bad on an HD TV. Or something like that. Probably similar to what Jeremy was saying, but less complex. :P
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2012, 01:38:55 AM »
Also, my PS2 looks better on my HDTV for some odd reason.

*Some* games on PS2 support 480p instead of 480i if you use a component cable; I know True Crime: New York and GTA:SA do. Makes me think even more that it's a i->p issue.

To clear that up, if I was too techno-geeky before (TY Aegis :P):

Standard def="interlaced". Each frame only contains half of the horizontal lines; one frame is even lines only, the next is odds, and it alternates. Mostly everything hi-def is "progressive"- it draws every pixel on the screen in each frame, like a computer screen. So, putting something interlaced on a new TV means you need circuitry to "fill in" the lines that are missing from each frame. Ever watch a vid on YT where, in the action scenes, you get goofy horizontal lines? That's bad deinterlacing.

In other words, the "skip odd lines" option you used to make DN3D run on your 286 actually goes back to the 40s.</smartass>

(And I was surprised that the cable was expensive, too; the reason is, there's no regular component out on the GC. The advanced video port is *digital* component video, and the cable contains a digital to analog converter. Good to know Nintendo didn't overengineer things :rolleyes:)
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2012, 07:41:31 AM »
So, would a digital output cable for the GC made it look better?
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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2012, 03:03:15 PM »
I'm not sure, but I think component cables will give the best possible picture.  if you think what you have is good, its probably the best you'll get for now.  otherwise, I really would suggest getting an old tube set at a  pawn shop.

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Re: I need a Cheap Nintendo Gamecube Component Cable...
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 03:05:05 PM »
I think it'll work for now. If by some chance I can get a component cable, I'll... well, use it. XD
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