Name: Kyle Riffel
Sega Saturn Built-in AV Cable
Platform: Sega Saturn
Tutorial Download: N/A
Saturn- Built-in AV Cables
Written: Started: 04-22-03
I apologize. All pics of any circuit board are made through Bitmap
because my digital camera sucks. It won't take good pics of any board. They turn
out blurry. And solder joints look like donuts for some reason. Sorry.
04-22-03: Started mod. Wrote out how to connect video wire. Added
to my site that the tutorial will be up soon on my new Tutorials Page!
Delay in my Sega Saturn controller shipment. Couldn't set up the system to play a
CD while I looked for audio without a controller.
05-09-03: Sega Saturn controller
came in! Too bad I had to leave for that weekend.
05-12-03: Wrote out the
audio tutorial part.
05-13-03: Wrote, and did the drilling and wire-to-wire
soldering. AV Cable all hooked up and running! Finished!
Here's what your
Seems simple huh?
The tutorials model:
This is the model of the system I did this mod on. If yours is different, there shouldn't
be too much of a problem, but just so you know
Mod chip: No
Circle buttons- not oval
Purpose: To allow
a person to have built-in AV cables for their system, without the use of those goofy,
S-Video looking cables.
Why: I thought of this mod when I got my Saturn,
and realized, "Man, I need one of those goofy looking cables. Screw it, I'll
install my own AV cable!" Plus, this gave me something to do.
you will need: Here we go
1. Soldering iron, and rosin core solder, err
Wire- I used small wire for the board soldering
3. PlayStation AV cable that
you can cut up for the RCA plugs, or any cable with RCA connections. Mainly, you
need an AV cable with RCA male connectors like shown.
Phillips head screwdriver(s)
5. Sandwich baggy- to hold all your screws and small
pieces, trust me!
6. Drill, with big enough bit to cut a hole for your AV cable
to run through
7. Electrical tape to insulate, and strap wire down with.
A bit of time- the delicate soldering will be the most time consuming. Some spots
are so close
And were off
Fist of all, you know the drill, take
the system apart until you get to the motherboard. I'm not going through all the
steps, because it's not hard. Make sure you find every screw. Some seem to be hiddenlike
the one under the laser! Put all your screws and small parts in your sandwich baggy.
the board over, and examine it until you find the AV Out port. The "goofy, S-Video
looking cable," as I like to say. See all the little solder dots behind the
AV Out port, yeah, those are what you solder to. Take your soldering iron, and a
good length of wire and get ready to solder your video points. Not your AV cable
wires, you other thin wire. Here they are
I used the
thin wire for each of those little solder joints, like I said to use, then just spliced
that thin wire to the correct wires on the AV Cable via solder joints LATER in the
mod. Soldering those thick wires to the little solder joints would be impossible
anyway. DO NOT splice the thin wire to the AV cable wire yet! Unless you don't mind
undoing it. Why? Because we haven't drilled a hole in the back for the AV cable to
pass through yet!
I'm pretty sure I didn't draw the "exact" same
amount of joints under the AV Out, but just realize, the joint you want to solder
your video wire to is the bottom right hand one, and use those solder joints along
the edge of the board for a ground. They work fine, and are safe. You might want
to power up the system, and just touch your video wires to the joints and look for
video on your screen, just to make sure you know which joint it is, and are not confused
with the tutorial.
Ahh, the audio. The second most important
thing to fun on the Saturn, You can adjust surround sound, play with pitch, and remove
vocals. But you can't hear it without your audio hooked up. This may be a hard thing
to do. The 2 solder points are close. I'm sure I have the correct amount of solder
joints on this picture. If not, just realize that the right audio joint is the 3rd
from the left, and the left audio is the 3rd from the right. Both are in the middle
of the top row of solder joints.
Use the same ground from the side of the
board from the video joint. But, try not to use the actual joint you soldered the
video cord to.
AV Cable hole:
time to drill our hole for the AV cable. Depending on how thick your AV cables are
also depends on what drill size you use. Me, I just drill a small hole, then see
if all three of the AV cable wires can fit at the same time. If not, I make a slightly
bigger hole. I'm using old PlayStation AV cable, so the hole is pretty big.
you have a hole where the cable fits, get a good size length of it ready for soldering
the audio/video wires from earlier to. But first, tie the AV cable into a knot inside
the system, so it can't be yanked out later, TRUST ME!
Ok, now your ready
to solder each wire from board to your AV cable. Remember which wires are negative
and positive? I hope you do! Wire up each one to their correct spot then test them
to make sure. Ok, you got that? Good. Now go ahead and solder them on. Use the electrical
(black) tape and wrap each joint with no wire poking out. This is to make sure no
wires will touch together, or conduct from a power joint on the board, or interfere
with the laser somehow.
Tuck the wires in a good place so they won't interfere
with the door open/closed button and/or the cartridge door. You should be good. Put
everything back together, and close the system up. Test again just to double check,
and have fun!
All Done! Good luck on your mod!