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altekomps
September 24th, 2013, 12:32 PM
Hi. I just recently came into possession of a complete Epson QX-16 system, including monitor, which burned shortly after the first test. That is now junk.

I really do not want to discard this machine, for various reasons. I thought if I could get a hold of a cable which converts 8-pin male DIN to HD15 VGA, I could use a modern monitor on it. I thought I had found one, but it was for mini-DIN.

I was wondering if anyone knows of where I could get such a cable? Or maybe a DIN to mini-DIN female, and then adapt the mini-DIN to VGA with the other cord. Anything. The only QX-16 monitor for sale I could find cost $200 and I just can't afford that.

I still have the 8-PIN to 7-PIN DIN cable that came with its monitor - maybe there's a way to cut and splice and adapt it myself?

I'll take any suggestions anybody has, and I thank you all very much for your help.

-altekomps

barythrin
September 24th, 2013, 02:32 PM
Not sure if this site would help you out with the QX-16 technical docs (http://z80cpu.eu/mirrors/oldcomputers.dyndns.org/rechner/epson/qx-16/qx16/info.html). I don't know much about the system myself, does the monitor use a cable from the main computer or is it all internal cabling? It looks like the system has some dip switches to make it compatible with other displays for the CGA standard.

altekomps
September 25th, 2013, 05:30 AM
Not sure if this site would help you out with the QX-16 technical docs (http://z80cpu.eu/mirrors/oldcomputers.dyndns.org/rechner/epson/qx-16/qx16/info.html). I don't know much about the system myself, does the monitor use a cable from the main computer or is it all internal cabling? It looks like the system has some dip switches to make it compatible with other displays for the CGA standard.

Oh so that's what those are for. Well, sure, maybe it is, but the thing is, it has an 8-pin DIN jack. That will never change. So I have to adapt an 8-pin DIN to VGA somehow.

I had an idea to get this adapter I found for DIN to iPod dock, then adapt that to USB, gender change, and adapt to VGA. I'm not an electrical engineer, but is there any reason why that wouldn't work? I mean, Epson sends out its signal, wire carries it. What's the problem with doing that?

-altekomps

tingo
September 25th, 2013, 02:29 PM
The Wikipedia page for the QX-16 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QX-16) says that it has a CGA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Graphics_Adapter) adapter. If that is correct (I don't know) you probably want a CGA to VGA converter.

altekomps
September 25th, 2013, 05:11 PM
The Wikipedia page for the QX-16 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QX-16) says that it has a CGA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Graphics_Adapter) adapter. If that is correct (I don't know) you probably want a CGA to VGA converter.

Well it has a DIP switch panel to alter the video signal, but the fact remains that it outputs that signal through an 8-pin DIN jack, and the cord that came with it had a 7-pin plug on the other end. So an 8-pin to plug into the computer, and a 7-pin to plug into the monitor.

Sure I could convert CGA to VGA, but is there a CGA converter that accepts a 7-pin DIN plug into its input?

-altekomps

Bfitzhugh
September 28th, 2013, 05:39 PM
I have a ton on Epson stuff will look to see what I have on monitors. I think the QX-10 Monitor will work, but will see.
I have a bunch of QX-16 disks too.

tingo
September 29th, 2013, 02:30 PM
Sure I could convert CGA to VGA, but is there a CGA converter that accepts a 7-pin DIN plug into its input?

If the signal is compatible, all you need is an adapter from one of the plugs of your machine to a standard CGA plug. You could make one.

altekomps
October 3rd, 2013, 03:58 PM
I tried getting a 8-pin DIN to 9-pin RGB monitor cable, and for that, a coupler for RGB to VGA, but nothing happened. Literally, the monitor acted like I wasn't inputting any signal at all.

I can think of only three things:

1. The DIN plug on the adapter cable was just a little different from the original plug. The pins coned out at the end instead of staying fat and being rounded. Also, the little "ditch" at the "top" of the plug didn't extend as far, nor did the shell. So maybe the signal just didn't even go out.

2. The DIP switches were not set for a CGA signal. Does anyone know what the DIP switch setting to get a CGA signal is for that thing? Google doesn't seem to know about such an esoteric topic.

3. The signal was simply so alien that the VGA monitor couldn't even use it to output garbage, in which case I guess I'm out of luck unless I can get a QX-16 monitor.

Any thoughts on which is most likely?

-altekomps

altekomps
October 6th, 2013, 08:49 AM
I got a hold of a manual with the DIP switch settings and tried them all. Nothing happens on the screen no matter what setting I put in. Maybe the signal just isn't getting there. Maybe it will only work with its own monitor, in which case, I don't know, I guess it's junk then! Cause the only monitor even having to DO with this thing is for a QX-10 and it costs $200 and has been for sale for 3 years. -.-

-altekomps

Bfitzhugh
November 4th, 2013, 07:11 PM
I have QX-16 software if you need any.

bfitzhugh