How to hook up your SEGA Genesis 2 with the SEGA CD 2
This page will show you how to get your SEGA Genesis Model 2 System hooked up to the 2nd version of SEGA CD!
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The SEGA Genesis, what you will need:
METHOD – RCA Connection
The SEGA CD, what you will need:
RCA Composite Stereo cables
Before we start running cables we have some hardward we need to install. We will start with the SEGA Genesis.
Lets get this party started by prepping the SEGA Genesis. This is quick and easy. First things first, lets remove the plastic cover from the expansion port. The black panel on the lower right side of the Genesis should just pop right off. There may be a red cover over the expansion port blade inside. If so, remove it, if not then this baby’s been hooked up to a CD in the past!
Now lets attach the two RF Shields to the Genesis.
First attach the SEGA CD Expansion RF Shield to the newly opened expansion port on the Genesis. It will clip right in
Now lets stick the SEGA CD Small RF Shield to the vents on the bottom of the Genesis. You start with the first vent closest to the center of the Genesis. Just pop it on and your done.
Note: All RF (radio frequency) Shields are to help block interference, if you don’t have them the system will still work.
OK, the final piece. All we need to do is slide the SEGA CD Steel Joining Plate into position on the bottom of the Genesis. It will only fit one way so you cant mess it up. You will see spaces on the bottom of the Genesis where the clips will slid in. If you have the screw, go ahead and screw it in. While this step is optional if you don’t have the part, the Genesis wont be as stable on the CD, so be careful.
Al-righty then, we have both the Genesis and the SEGA CD ready to join.
All you need to do is set the SEGA Genesis on top of the SEGA CD. Your gonna insert the exposed expansion port on the SEGA Genesis into the Connector Terminal on the SEGA CD. Place the Genesis on the CD slightly to the left and then slide it to the right. The Steel Joining Plate on the bottom of the Genesis has tabs on the bottom that will lock into the 4 tabs slots on top of the SEGA CD and the Genesis Expansion Port will slide into the SEGA CD Terminal at the same time. You might need to work it a bit, but it will snap into place fairly easily.
BAM, There it is! Go-go gadget CD! But it’s not going to do you any good until we get this baby connected to your TV.
Now lets plug these bad boys up together.
Grab all your cables and read on. First lets take a look at the ports we are going to be using.
Plug the A/V RCA cable into your SEGA Genesis system.
Attach the other end of the RCA cable to you TV. You could have multiple options available like on the diagram to the right. 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.
NOTE: If you are going to be using the audio out of the SEGA CD (which you should, see step 6), then you will only need to use the video (yellow cable) on this cord. Leave the audio cable(s) hanging loose and forget about them. With this set-up I recommend using the SEGA CD for the audio out and not the Genesis as the Genesis will only output Mono sound (notice that there is only one audio cable, white, on the Genesis AV cable.)
Plug the SEGA MK-2103 power supply into the SEGA Genesis.
Now plug it into the wall.
Plug the SEGA MK-1602 power supply into the SEGA CD.
Now plug it into the wall.
NOTE: With the SEGA Genesis 2 attached to the SEGA CD, the SEGA RCA Cable will output all stereo sound to your TV. So you don’t really need to use this output unless you need/want to run your sound cables to a stereo system. If you dont need to do that you can skip this step. If you do, read on.
Using the standard RCA Stereo Cable (red & white), Plug them into the correct port on the back of the SEGA CD. Now run the other end to your Stereo. This method would need you to play audio through your stereo system instead of your TV.
OK, you should now have everything hooked up correctly. Turn your TV to the appropriate VIDEO SOURCE that you plugged the game system to on the back of your TV. 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. Turn on your game system!
If everything was done correctly you should see either the cartridge game if one is plugged into the SEGA Genesis, or the SEGA CD if no game is inserted.