Seeing above the DIN
Last night while I was fiddling with the newest addition to my collection of retro computers, my Commodore 64, I was having problems with the video output on the DIN connector. Everything I had found on the internet said that the Commodore 64, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, and the Atari 800 all used the same pins for composite video and audio. Just to be sure though I did a lot of searching and tracked down all the various pinouts and organized them into one cheat sheet.
I also threw in the Sega Genesis and Master because it uses the same connector but uses a slightly different pinout. Also note that there are two versions of the TI-99/4A. Almost every page you find talks about the euro pinout. It took a lot of hunting to find out what the US pinout is.
The DIN-8 262 connectors seem to be hard to find, but it's possible to build an S-Video cable for the Commodore 64 by using the cheaper and easier to source DIN-8 270 connector. You simply remove pins 7 and 8 from the connector and use the rest. Complete instructions can be found here.
You can download a PDF of the pinout below.
- Console-video-v4.pdf [59.10 kB]