Has anyone got one of the older PAL N64s they want to sell (any condition)?

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    OK, I've got one of the latest models of N64 (transparent turquoise top and frosted white base). The later models like these don't output s-video and I want to get the best pic possible without modding, so - regardless of condition - does anyone have one of the older N64s that they'd want to sell? I'm asking here as opposed to looking on eBay because there's no guarantee that one from eBay will have s-video.
     
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    Ask seller on ebay if it has s video out, and to provide a picture as proof. I've done something similar before, good luck.
     
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    OK, thanks - looks like that's what I've gotta do! Although I doubt that many people in the UK use s-video or are even aware of it on N64s but you don't know unless you try. :)
     
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    There are only two pal motherboard revisions, I thought both done S-video, but just have missing components and need a modified cable that has them added back into it. Like what http://www.consolegoods.co.uk sell.

    Far as I know, first revision (NUS-CPU(P)-01) will work without added components, but picture will not look right. Second revision (NUS-CPU(P)-02) will display nothing without the modded cable.

    Anyway, if you must change, I would just ask for the serial, rather than asking if it does S-video. That is how I grabbed my RGB moddable NTSC machine (checking serials). Much easier than asking for technical details, from people who may not know.

    According to this list from here

    http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1417

    European
    NUP13723487 - NUS-CPU(P)-01
    NUP13892869 - NUS-CPU(P)-01
    NUP15465864 - NUS-CPU(P)-01
    NUP15754441 - NUS-CPU(P)-02
    NUP15787038 - NUS-CPU(P)-02
    NUP16551203 - NUS-CPU(P)-01 (Pikachu Model)

    Anything under 154XXXXX should be the first revision board. If you can't get S-video out of one of them, then something else is wrong, as there are only two boards.
     
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    AHA! So even though it doesn't output any picture, my N64 can output S-video? Do you know what kind of cable I'd need and what it would need in the mod?

    Would you know is the cable named N64 S-Video cable - PAL version' on this page be the right one?

    Thanks! :)
     
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    Oh, I checked out the thread that you linked but found nothing about Euro consoles and s-video. Do you have a link for me to read up on? Everything I Googled about later EUR N64 models told me that they don't output s-video, so if I was able to read up about them actually outputting s-video I'd like to digest all the info.
     
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    Damn it, I found some info about it here. It says...

    I can't build my own cable, I'm too incompetent! :'(
     
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    Yes, far as I know the one listed as PAL S-video cable is the one, it should have the missing components added back to it.
     
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    Thanks, I'm a bit worried though as I can't see how 2 different boards can require the same cable, I think the one at the online shop isn't the same as the one that is in the thread and is for the older types (which is a simpler task) - I've messaged the guys in the shop to find out about it. An RGB mod is too cumbersome but the N64 deserves to have a better picture - in fact I'd go as far as saying that due to the poor textures that it has, maybe the less sharp s-video offers a better 'visual experience' than RGB.
     
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    Far as I am aware, they need the same cable, as it's the same parts that are missing. It's just on the earlier board, it will display, but the picture will be wrong (too bright or something, can't remember) and later board it just won't display.

    They both should use the same cable. It was Nintendo's idea of essentially region locking the cables. US machines just use a normal cable, PAL machines would have the one with missing parts. They never actually got around to making an official Euro S-video cable & most of the ones out there are for NTSC machines.

    Can't remember where I read that, but it wouldn't surprise me, considering they region locked controllers on the Snes.

    Consolegoods is normally pretty good though, so I would just wait for them to respond.
     
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    OK, thanks - I really appreciate the help. I just don't understand how 1 board can output a signal via s-video with a standard NTSC cable (even if it's too bright or whatever) yet the other gets nothing at all, and that the same parts in a cable somehow fix both problems. Plus I don't like the sentence that the second board is "missing SMT components for S-Video", even though I'm not sure what that is.

    But then I don't know about electronics (although I wish I did, it fascinates me).
     
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    I understood PAL NUS-CPU(P)-02 did actually output s-video. There's a whole thread on going about whether it's improved over the s-video of NUS-CPU(P)-01 at zetaboards: http://s9.zetaboards.com/Nintendo_64_Forever/topic/7363768/
    Lot of info has also been put on the nintendo64 wikia: http://nintendo64.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Motherboard_Revision
    http://nintendo64.wikia.com/wiki/Console_SN_List

    I have a NUS-CPU(P)-03-1 and can confirm it doesn't output s-video at all. Tried to break the ground connection on the board and connect the videochip pins to the trail, but no luck even then.


    I'm pasting my post from nfggames forum here for some more info and sources on this:
     
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    Apparently some guy is working on a board that can be soldered onto the N64 to produce HDMI, but won't be out for a while.
     

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