Lexus Alyus wrote:it looks great on my PC, but when I run the GC through it it looks total shite! Why is that?
Well, first you need to know the difference between interlace and progressive scan. Interlace is what TV's have done since the dawn of time (or for around 100 years, whichever's more recent
). Rather than updating the entire screen at once, they opt to update every other line of the screen each "frame". A normal TV signal is 24 "frames" per second, or 12 complete frames, ordered odd lines, even lines, odd lines, etc. The blending effect created by updating only half the lines per frame tricks your eyes into seeing a smoother stream.
This is all well and good until you try displaying digital graphics like this. Small text becomes all but unreadable and you lose the crispness you're used to seeing with computer monitors. Hence, digital televisions are capable of progressive scan. In this mode, every line is updated every frame, and framerates are unlimited. This allows a nice, high-quality digital signal to be shown at a very smooth rate.
The GC supports two modes of display; 800i and 800p. 800i means 800x600 resolution, interlaced. This is the highest a standard TV is able to display properly. 800p means 800x600 resolution, progressive scan; otherwise known as digital.
To put the GC in progressive mode, you'll need to purchase a component video cable from Nintendo. This is a very high-quality cable that has RGB connectors. You should find these color-coded connectors on the backside of your television, along with a set of standard A/V ports grouped with them in some manner. You plug the component cable into the GC's digital port. Plug the red and white cables from the A/V cable into the matching A/V ports. You can leave the yellow cord dangling as the component cable provides the video signal. Then plug the three component cables into the corresponding ports in your TV. Now you're all set.
To play in progressive scan, the game you're playing must support it. Luckily, every game made by Nintendo does, and most games after the first year or so of the GC's existance also support it. On newer games, there is a Progressive Scan Compatible icon on the case. Depending on the game, you may be asked when you turn on the GC whether to switch to progressive scan mode. If you're not, reset the system while holding the B button on the 1st controller. You should receive the prompt. Answer yes and your TV will switch into progressive scan mode. You shouldn't have to alter the setting for that game again unless you want to switch back for some reason. If you hold B and get no prompt, the game does not support progressive scan (or you've connected the cables improperly). Also, and I don't think this is the case with you, if you switch to progressive scan and get a garbled image, your television doesn't support it. Unfortunately, some TV's include component input and aren't progressive scan enabled. This is really stupid as there's no point to using component otherwise -- the signal quality is nearly identical to S-Video.