Preferred way of substituting TFT for CRT Monitor?

Maciej W. Rozycki macro at
Sun Jan 31 11:33:28 CST 2016

On Fri, 15 Jan 2016, Martin.Hepperle at wrote:

> I have got a HP 9000/217 machine with a standard video card. This card 
> has a monochrome composite output (resolution is as low as about 
> 512x400, but I might replace it with a higher resolution card). A 
> small 9" HP monitor that I used for testing only shows me 2 or 3 bands 
> of the image and cannot capture the signal properly.
> All I have are modern TFT monitors which usually have VGA and/or DVI 
> inputs, no separate R-G-B or monochrome jacks.
> What is the preferred way to connect "old" composite video signals to 
> a modern TFT monitor without losing too much sharpness? I understand 
> that interpolation is an unavoidable problem.

 I don't know what the preferred way is, but as long as voltage levels 
are compatible (which I suppose could be tweaked with some circuitry 
anyway) you might be able to track down a standard VGA monitor that does 
sync on green and also has an option to switch to the greyscale mode.

 That's what I've been doing with a TURBOchannel MX monochrome graphics 
adapter which outputs an analogue composite 1V p-p signal (0.7V video, 
0.3V sync), 1280x1024 at 72Hz, on a TNC connector (the adapter is a pile of 
weirdness of its own BTW).  I have wired it via a TNC to BNC adapter and 
then a 5xBNC to DE-15 adapter (both off the shelf) to the green input of 
the monitor (obviously 4 of the 5 BNC inputs are loose), and in monitor 
configuration I chose the greyscale mode with input from the green line.  
It works just fine, and obviously there's no interpolation involved as 
the monitor simply applies the single signal to all the three colour 

 It seems that with the switch to LCD panels sync on green support has 
become more common than it used to be with CRT displays; I don't know if 
this has to do with input circuitry commonly used with them or is it 
just that I've been lucky though.  If you were happy with a green rather 
than white image (which would certainly add spice to the vintage look of 
the system, as a green phosphor was not uncommon in the old days), then 
any sync-on-green display should do.



More information about the cctech mailing list