This page will show you the various ways to get your SEGA Genesis 1 System up and running!

SEGA A/V OUT:

This port is used for the SEGA Composite RCA AV Cable (red, white & Yellow)

NOTE: The Original Genesis does not output sound in Stereo. So RCA cables will only have 1 audio plug (Red, or White) not both. In this case you should plug the audio cable (regardless of color) into the White port on your TV, as most TVs will recognize you only have 1 sound cable plugged in (mono) and still output the sound from both Left and Right speakers, which is better than having it only come out of one side of the TV.

The SEGA Genesis (Model 1) has two different ways to connect to your television.


RF: the cable that was packed with all the units, but provides the worst picture quality. You should only use this method if you television does not have RCA available.


COMPOSITE RCA: this provides the best picture quality available from the SEGA Genesis and is what GameTrog recommends. You can find both cables in our store!


CH3-CH4:

This switch is used in conjunction with the RF OUT port to pick which channel will display the game on.

When you use an RF box to connect your game system, the game will display on either Channel 3 or 4. This switch controls which. You should try and use a channel that does not have a local TV station on it for minimum interference.

AC ADAPTOR:

This is the power supply port for the SEGA MK-1602 AC unit.

The SEGA Genesis connection ports:

RF OUT:

This port is used with the RF Converter box to hook the unit up via your cable/coaxial connection on the TV.

METHOD #1 - RF Connection

What you will need:


This is the method that most of you will remember. It was the staple method of hooking game systems up to a TV starting with PONG and still used for the XBOX and Playstation 2. It is by far the worst way to go for picture quality. The reason being is that all the video and audio signals are compressed into one coaxial cable and jammed in to the TV, letting the television split it apart on its end. This causes a fuzzy picture, often accompanied by rolling lines! But if you only have a Coaxial input on your TV, what else can you do.


STEP #1

Plug the RF cable into your game system.


STEP #2

Attach the other end of the RF to your television cable port. (see diagram)

If you are currently using this port for you Antenna, Cable or Satellite TV,

and you only have one port (unlike the diagram). Unscrew the cord, screw

in the RF box, and then screw the TV Cord to the port supplied on the

RF box. This way your TV source will continue to work when the game

system is off.


STEP #3

Change the CH3-CH4 switch to desired channel.


STEP #4

Plug the Power Supply into the game system.


STEP #5

Plug the power supply into the wall.


STEP #6

Plug in a game, turn on the game system on. Doing this first will help in finding the right TV settings, when you see the game, you got it right!


STEP #7

Turn the TV to the channel you picked on the back of the game system. If you have a newer model TV, you probably have several INPUTS SOURCES available from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. If this is the case you will most likely need to change it to AIR, which you may also have more than one option (AIR 1 or 2 or A and B, as shown on the above diagram). To change to these different video signal options, you usually have a INPUT or SOURCE button on your remote or television.


STEP #8

Enjoy some classic gaming goodness!


METHOD #2 - RCA Connection

What you will need:


This method will give you the best picture quality you can get from the SEGA Genesis. It is the method you should use whenever possible as the improved image quality over the RF connection, is very noticeable.


STEP #1

Plug the RCA cable into your game system.


STEP #2

Attach the other end of the RCA cable to you TV. You could have multiple options available

like on the diagram to the left. You can place it in any one that is not in use. YELLOW is always

the VIDEO and should be plugged into the YELLOW port. RED and WHITE (right and left

respectively) are the sound and should be plugged into the proper color for the cable. In the

case of the original SEGA Genesis you will probably only have 1 audio cable as it does not output

stereo sound. If you plug it into the WHITE port (even if the cable is red) your TV will probably

play the MONO sound out of both speakers. If you plug it into the red only, the sound may

only come from the RIGHT speaker of your TV or sound system (lame). Some TV’s will not do

this.


This Genesis does however, output stereo audio from the headphone jack. For this you need to by a

1/8” Headphone jack to RCA cable, which you can get at Radio Shack. Run the cable from the Genesis

to you stereo. In this method you only use the Video from the back of the Genesis and leave the

audio cable unplugged.

STEP #4

Plug the Power Supply into the game system.


STEP #5

Plug the power supply into the wall.


STEP #6

Plug in a game, turn on the game system on. Doing this first will help in finding the right TV settings, when you see the game, you got it right!


STEP #7

Turn your TV to the appropriate VIDEO SOURCE You probably have several INPUTS available from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. In the diagram above you would need to change your TV to VIDEO 1. To change to these different video signal options, you usually have a INPUT button on your remote or television.


STEP #8

Enjoy some classic gaming goodness!

Well, those are the basics. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email. The Trog is always happy to help! Also, if you are in need of any of these cables, chances are they are all available in the TROG STORE.  Thanks!

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EXT PORT:

This port was never used by SEGA, and was eventually removed. I think there is an audio mixing kit for development that can be used, but I’m not sure.