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  • Playstation LCD Hack - Works!!

    Friend dropped by today and tested out some stuff on my Sony PSOne LCD, and we pulled this one off (more like he pulled it off while i was making a composite -> 3.5mm cable).

    My PSOne LCD is a PAL LCD. There *is* a difference between the NTSC and PAL LCDs, the timings are not in powerstrip for the PAL Sony PSOne LCD. We obtained approximate timings from

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    But it works!!! It f***ing works!!!

    Video card: Radeon 9000 Pro, on Dual Monitor mode (else there was no way we could try the PAL timings without rebooting every time).

    We found after comparing the Sony MultiAV passthrough with the input that only the SVideo Y, R, G and B lines are not directly passed through. The Video CSync pin on the MultiAV connector (pin 6) actually went straight through, which made us wonder if it was the correct pin.

    Some of the wiring diagrams available on the web are slightly misleading:
    Wire the +5V line (pin 10) to the VGA DCC to obtain 5V. When the LCD senses +5V on the +5V line, it switches on. This is some sort of sense line.
    Wire VGA CSync to pin 5 (SVideo Y). This is *NOT* the same as Composite / CSync on the Sony MultiAV out.
    Tell your video card to use composite sync! This hack doesn't need a resistor between VSync and HSync as it's using CSync, which is done on the video card.

    Nb. Please do not try the above just yet, i'll review everything with my friend and post everything up on a website. Also note that this has only been tested on the PAL LCD, and we can't test it on a NTSC display.

  • #2
    By the way, the LCD photos look a little odd because it's really hard to photograph an LCD nicely..


    • #3
      And just for fun..


      • #4
        Keep us updated!! This is VERY interesting...



        • #5
          Fantastic news.

          Once you have double checked everything, could you post a complete wiring schematic of exactly what VGA pin goes to what pin on the LCD unit - just to remove any possible conusion?

          Is there anyway we can obtain power to the LCD display from the powersupply rather than using the external supply (I want to mount my display in the front of the case).

          And lastly - what if the graphics card doesn not support composite sync? I recall my geforce2 doesnt have the option anabled although my Radeon does support it.

          thanks for all your hard work.


          • #6
            congrats man! looks good.

            so did u notice a big difference in quality?


            • #7
              Yeah sure... I'm just a little busy at the moment, but when i have time i'll compile pinouts and such, but just remember that this modification's only for the PAL PSOne LCD.. not the one which MPro or some other people are using (i think MPro's is quite a lot nicer in terms of what pins you push each signal through!).

              The NTSC PSOne LCD should have a similar mod, with different timings.

              Power to the LCD is 7.5V from a power pack, i don't think you can get something similar with enough current through a computer power supply (i wouldn't want to try the 12V - 5V difference trick as the LCD might draw more current than a computer power supply is tolerant for), unless you build a DC-DC circuit for it... I'll probably have to look into something like a 12V to 7.5V buck for my car... My friend suggested that the LCD might actually be taking in 7.5V unregulated, and regulating it to 5V internally, so there's another thing we need to look into.

              if your graphics card doesn't have composite sync.. i'm not sure about what to do there, but i'll have to tackle that myself because i want to run this LCD off my nForce which is in my car. There's probably a way to build a HSync + VSync to CSync converter (else you can use MPro's resistor trick).

              And yeah there's quite a nice difference in quality comparing the composite signal and the RGB signal!


              • #8
                Originally posted by starfox
                By the way, the LCD photos look a little odd because it's really hard to photograph an LCD nicely..
                hehehe I know exactly what you mean

                Keep us updated as I would like to see your pinouts using composite sync, also more pics would be good too


                • #9
                  This afternoon i had some time, so i bought a Ti 74LS86 IC (TTL XOR IC) and built the seperate sync to composite sync circuit on this page(, and connected it up through my nForce's onboard Geforce 2.

                  The image isn't as good as with ATi's CSync. It looks like someone ran the image through nearest neighbour filtering. I plugged the LCD into my ATi card with seperate HSync and VSync, and the image looked the same as on the onboard Geforce 2 MX...

                  ATi makes really nice cards... ^_^


                  • #10
                    hmmm, this would be the solution for my gamevue perhaps?
                    My cars


                    • #11
                      My friend's taking a while to do diagrams, so i'll just type up what i've wired here.

                      Original wiring:
                      PSX Pin 5 - Composite Sync - Wired to CSync on VGA (Pin 13)
                      PSX Pin 8 - Common Ground - Wired to Red Ground on VGA (Pin 6) [nb. i intend to join all of the VGA grounds together later on]
                      PSX Pin 9 - PSX Blue - Wired to Blue on VGA (Pin 3)
                      PSX Pin 10 - +5V - Wired to DCC on VGA (Pin 9) - Needs to be connected, else the LCD doesn't power up.
                      PSX Pin 11 - PSX Red - Wired to Red on VGA (Pin 1)
                      PSX Pin 12 - PSX Green - Wired to Green on VGA (Pin 2)

                      This works if your video card can output CSync on pin 13 (13 is also HSync if it outputs seperate HSync / VSync).

                      Settings for Powerstrip (
                      Pixel Clock: 15.163mhz (or around there)
                      Composite Sync: checked
                      Interlaced: checked.
                      Horizontal sync: Positive
                      Vertical sync: Positive

                      Scan rate: 16.2 khz (or thereabouts)
                      Active: 720 pixels, 47.484 microseconds.
                      Front porch: 42 pixels, 2.770 microseconds.
                      Sync width: 96 pixels, 6.331 microseconds.
                      Back porch: 78 pixels, 5.144 microseconds.
                      Total: 936 pixels, 61.729 microseconds.

                      Refresh rate: 25.155hz (or thereabouts)
                      Active: 576 lines, 35.556 milliseconds.
                      Front porch: 42 lines, 2.593 milliseconds.
                      Sync width: 4 lines, 0.247 milliseconds.
                      Back porch: 22 lines, 1.358 milliseconds.
                      Total: 644 lines, 39.754 milliseconds.

                      The settings remained the same with the HSync + VSync -> CSync combiner if you use the circuit posted earlier.

                      Here's a hint for anyone playing around with LCDs and Powerstrip.. Since most people don't have dual monitor setups, install RealVNC on the system you're testing, and VNC in. It'll render the display back, and you can change settings without having to continually switch VGA cables, or reboot your pc...


                      • #12
                        I forgot.. the above is for the PAL LCD, not the NTSC one! See MPro's website for NTSC settings...


                        • #13
                          wow, that is so kewl.. now all you have to do is build a computer into a PS1 case... lol wish I had a job.. and a car.. lol


                          • #14
                            hey starfox, just wondering how much you picked up that ps1 lcd for? Also will this setup work with an geforce2? By the looks of the pics the image is very clear.
                            CarPC: Currently in progress...


                            • #15

                              Thanks for the comprehensive wiring schematic, however I have a problem still! I've checked and double checked my wiring and everything is as you have it (using composite sync on pin 13). The screen is on as I can see the backlight but I am unable to switch the Radeon second output on from desktop<right click>properties/settings to on. Selecting 'extend my desktop' and then apply causes the main screen to flicker and then the second output becomes greyed out again. This happens on both my Radeon 9000 and 9700.

                              Any ideas?

                              once again, thanks for your help