HOW TO ADD A MONITOR JACK TO A 600XL
* With 2022 comments by Rod.
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Here are instructions on how to add a monitor jack to your 600XL. This jack
contains the following signals:
1 Composite luminance
3 Audio out
4 Composite video
5 Composite chrominance
The numbering convention for the DIN connector is:
3 o o 1
5 o o o 4
This mod for the 600XL provides every one of these signals except the
composite chrominance. (Actually, the 800 and the XE both supply
the composite chrominance signal, but the 800XL does not. Adding
the composite chrominance signal to an 800XL is a simple mod that
was described in ANTIC a few years ago. If you can't find the
mod, send me e-mail, and I will try and find it.)
COMPOSITE VIDEO (pin 4):
To add composite video to your 600XL, you need the following parts,
which are all available are Radio Shack:
(1) 2N2222 general purpose transistor
(1) 2.2K ohm resistor
(1) 3K ohm resistor
(1) 75 ohm resistor
(1) 5 pin DIN female connector
Here is the circuit diagram. It is a basic emitter follower circuit:
2.2K \ |
/ Collector |
Signal In | Base |/
| \ Signal Out
| Emitter |
3K \ \ 75 Ohms
*Comment by Rod in 2022: I've seen this circuit on other sites where the
2.2K and 3K resistors are linked without being soldered to the base of
the transistor, which is wrong. The "+" sign in the diagram means that
these are all soldered to the base.
*End of comment
I built this by just soldering the resistors and the transistor together,
and did not put this on any kind of circuit board. After you have built
this little circuit, you unsolder the 1st wire from the right of the
RF modulator as you look at it from the front of the computer,
and then solder that to the Signal In of this circuit.
You then connect the Signal Out line to the 1st terminal from the right of the
RF modulator, and also connect it to pin 4 of the DIN connector.
*Clarification by Rod on 2022:
At this point you may wish to completely disable the RF Modulator by
desoldering / cutting the 4 cables.
You may continue as the original text described: Signal In of your transistor
circuit goes to the 1st pad (counting right to left) on the PCB, and
your SignalOut line goes straight to pin 4 of the DIN connector.
*End of Clarification.
You should use shielded wire when you connect the Signal Out line to pin 4
of the DIN connector. You can connect the ground wire to any major ground point
on the mother board. I hooked mine to the metal case of the RF modulator.
The +5V line is also available on the RF modulator. The 2nd pin from the
right of the RF modulator is the +5V power supply for the RF modulator.
COMPOSITE LUMINANCE OUTPUT (pin 1):
To add composite luminance (black and white signal only) to the DIN
connector, connect a 75 ohm resistor between the emitter of transistor Q6
and pin 1 of the DIN connector. You should use shielded wire to keep
noise from appearing on the line.
AUDIO OUTPUT (pin 3):
To add audio output to the DIN connector, connect a wire from the
2nd terminal from the left on the RF modulator to pin 3 on the DIN connector.
*Comment by Rod 2022:
For those 600XL models with pre-printed pads where you can solder your DIN
jack directly, instead of this wire for the audio channel, you can just jump the resistor
that goes between this terminal and pin 3. Just follow the trace and you'll find it.
That will provide a direct connection from the RF terminal and your DIN terminal
without a wire.
*End of comment.
COMPOSITE CHROMINANCE (pin 5):
I have not found a simple mod to pick up the composite chrominance
signal for the DIN connector. I have not looked terribly hard, however,
since it is possible to use the composite video output as a composite
chrominance signal on many monitors. That is how my 600XL is hooked up
to my separate composite chrominance/luminance monitor, and it looks
GROUND (pin 2):
I just connected pin 2 of the DIN connector to the metal box that the
RF modulator lives in. However, you should be able to hook this pin up to
any major ground point on the motherboard.
I was able to mount the 5 pin DIN connector on the back of my 600XL,
between the RF modulator and cartridge slot. It is a slightly tight fit,
but you can fit it if you are careful.