CDi-220 RGB Mod
I've only tested a handful of "CDi 220", front-loading
units, but as long as your NTSC CDi has the Sony CXA chip, this mod should work for you too. PAL
220's should already have the RGB SCART built-in. That being said, please proceed at your own
You'll need a few tools for this mod (more info on the
tools can be found in the tools section):
- Torx screwdriver set to open the CDi case & internals
- Philips head screwdriver
- Soldering iron / solder
- Thin gauge wire
- Four (4) 75 Ohm resistors, the lowest tolerance possible.
- Four (4) 220uF/16v capacitors
- RGB output port (any port will work, just make sure you pick a port with a matching RGB cable).
- Start by removing the top cover: Remove the two torx screws on each side and the top three
screws in back:
- Next, remove the outer screws that contain the expansion socket. These screws were one size larger
torx than the case screws:
- Before you can remove the expansion socket, remove the two screws on top, then pull up from the area by
the top screws to release the socket:
- You'll find the Sony CXA chip underneath the expansion slot:
- Solder R, G, B and CSYNC (please see the note about csync below) directly to the chip, as
- Here's the actual chip diagram, in case you're interested (click for full-sized):
- Next, choose a mounting location for your RGB port. I chose to use an 8-pin MiniDIN and mounted it
where the RF adapter went, allowing the mod to be 100% reversible, without any cutting at all.
- Run all four video lines to the output. Make sure each line has a 220uF/16v capacitor on the end, as well as a 750ohm resistor on each line as well.
- Find a ground point to solder to your connector. There's no "special" place to get ground,
anywhere will do (just verify with your multimeter). I used one of the holes the the RF adapter
originally mounted to.
- If your RGB connector routes audio through it, wire that in as well. I soldered my connections to
the bottom of the RCA audio ports and ran them through the RF holes to the top of the board:
The CDi is pretty much the worst console ever made...but at least you can "enjoy" it in RGB!
Well, that's it! Feel free to go back to the main CDi page.
If you'd like info on mods for
other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check out the main page for