So, a while ago I bought a “Xbox Advanced SCART Cable – Part No. X08-25275” from a local thrift store for about 5 bucks. Thought it was a good price to gamble on, and a gamble it was! Got home, plugged it in and got a weird bluish image as you can see.
Took it apart and tried to see if any of the capacitors or resistors would reveal any damage. No damage I could see anyways. Was thinking about ordering matching caps and replace them to see if it would do any good.
Had it stored for a while, bought another cable from an online auction site for double the price, another gamble since the seller did not confirm whether it’d work or not. It did not. Well, not properly anyway. On my LG TV 47LG6000 connected to SCART 1 which is RGB, it produces unwelcome patterns as you can see on the picture below. When connected in SCART 2 of the LG TV it looks like a descent Composite quality image.
Tried it with a smaller Samsung LCD TV with SCART RGB – Same results.
Had it connected to my Bang & Olufsen MX6000 whereas i really couldn’t see any difference. From what i know, SCART SOCKET 1 is supposed to be RGB on the MX Series, atleast on MX6000 and MX7000. Tried it in SCART SOCKET 2 but couldn’t produce any picture with any of the settings in the TV for either MX6000 or my second MX7000. Nevertheless I took apart the second Xbox Advanced Scart box and begun a fault elimination processes by swapping cables from the boxes.
After a couple of swaps I determined that two cables from different sections were faulty. The first one I bought had the cable with the Scart connector bad and the second one had the cable with the connector that plugs into the Xbox bad. So I just took the good parts and combined to one – better having one good than two bad! What I’ll do next is just have a glance if i can see any damage to the other cables.
UPDATE 12.12.17 – Fixed the cables
I took apart the cables to discover some lose wire at the SCART connector and a loose and bent pin on the XBOX Input Connector. I did not know that the bent pin was the root of the bad patterns part until I already had taken stripped down the rubber cap for the input connector. I wanted to measure each individual wire using an ohm/multimeter from the pins of the connector that goes into the Xbox and to the KK Molext connectors on the Scart Board. I did so with the SCART Cable part and I’m going to put together a small Wiring diagram for future references that I’ll post here for anyone who migh have use of it.
As you can see where the red ring is placed, a white wire has broken of from it’s pin. It sprouts from a FAT RED cable that contains also a black wire. They were quite cheap with the hot glue compared with the other scart cable. So i had some more hot glue added to keep the cables more secured. But be careful, the heat from the hot glue can do some damage and loosen ill fitted wires. Like I did – oops!
Anyways, the wire was to short so i had to lengthen it with an extra wire part, had it soldered back to it’s rightful pin and voilá – Back to a normal picture instead of a blueish nightmare.
This is how it looked like with both the bad SCART and bad XBOX INPUT connector were used with the same SCART BOARD.
And now to the XBOX INPUT connector which i had disassembled, there is a chunky rubber part that you need to slide backwards to get enough room to slide the rubber cap off from the metal case. All i did was cut a little with a nipper and used some force to pull it backwards.
Now, there are four holes in where you can insert a screwdriver and wiggle around until you get the rubber cap to slide back off the metal part.
Now you can bend open the metal around the cable so that you can open up the metal case and expose the cables.
This pin was bent so that it probably touched the surface of the metal case shielding making the bad patterns. They’re quite hard to bend back to a good position and I believe they may break quite easily, so take care when correcting. Even though I used quite some force with pliers and a screwdriver to set it back in a position good enough to have the image restored to normal. These are photos taken on my LG TV, so there are some distortions in the processes but you can clearly see that the right part of the picture is before the pin was restored.
So that’s it, I got two working Xbox Advanced Scart Cables, even though it took some time to fix them I generally dislike throwing away things before attempting to repair them. Thanks for reading, I hope it will be of some use to someone. I’ll post the wiring diagram as soon as I’ve finished it!