IIgs CRT Monitor Compatibility

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Hello People,

I was wondering if there is a list of compatible monitors that would work with the IIgs, as there is a list of compatible disk drives I have come across in the past.

The monitor I have a chance to obtain is an Apple Performa plus display M9102 and I believe it has a DA-15 connector on it, as does my IIgs.

The other question I have is that when using a CRT monitor, does it matter if the IIgs unit is PAL or NTSC? I have an American IIgs but the monitor will be European.

Thanks in advance

Alex

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Re: IIgs CRT Monitor Compatibility

bigshum wrote:

I was wondering if there is a list of compatible monitors that would work with the IIgs

Yes. 1) Any composite monitor ever produced. 2) The Apple RGB display.

bigshum wrote:

The monitor I have a chance to obtain is an Apple Performa plus display M9102 and I believe it has a DA-15 connector on it, as does my IIgs.

That's where the similarity ends. The monitor isn't compatible. It's not on the list. Smile

bigshum wrote:

The other question I have is that when using a CRT monitor, does it matter if the IIgs unit is PAL or NTSC? I have an American IIgs but the monitor will be European.

I think it probably does. Often there is the problem of PAL only showing black and white.

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Re: IIgs CRT Monitor Compatibility

david__schmidt wrote:
bigshum wrote:

The other question I have is that when using a CRT monitor, does it matter if the IIgs unit is PAL or NTSC? I have an American IIgs but the monitor will be European.

I think it probably does. Often there is the problem of PAL only showing black and white.

If you use a composite monitor, then yes, it matters. The monitor will have to be capable of interpreting an NTSC color signal in order to show color. Otherwise it will either just show a nasty dot pattern. (Or nothing at all if the monitor is locked into PAL scan rates and won't sync to NTSC at all.) Multi-standard monitors seem to be more common in Europe than they are in America so hopefully you won't have too many issues finding an NTSC-capable one.

Note that even under the best of circumstances the composite output will give you a pretty bad display. So... if you feel "do it yourself"-ish this might be a better solution:

How to build a cable to connect a IIgs to a SCART-equipped TV.

They don't do SCART in the US (too bad), but again I have the vague impression it's reasonably common in Europe. An RGB SCART connection should give you a pretty good picture.