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Video Monitors for Microvision Consoles

When looking for a monitor for the Expression (1) or MicroVision family of consoles you will be looking for a CGA monitor, which is an older video format that is not compatible with the current video formats (VGA_ or (SVGA). These consoles cannot be upgraded to the new video format, so you will either need to find an old CGA monitor, or a CGA to VGA converter, or you can order an HD15 to DB9 adapter cable PN: 4000B7026.

Below are the specs for the CGA format:

Format Refresh Rate Connector
CGA/Digital RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 18.36 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9CGA/Digital
RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 16.0 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9 (MVSN, MVFX)
TTL Monochrome 9Pin DB-9
Composite Monochrome BNC

D89 HD15 Signal
1 1 Common (AC Ground)
2 2 Common
3 3 Red
4 13 Green
5 14 Blue
6 5 Intensity
7 15 N/C
8 12 Horizontal Sync
9 10 Vertical Sync

There are some additional options in getting video output out of the MicroVision and Expression 1 consoles:

  1. ETC makes an HD15 to DB9 adapter cable for old out of production Multisync monitors.  Part#4000B7026.  Multisync models that worked with the adapter: NEC 2D, NEC Mutisync 3D, NEC Multisync 3DS
  2. The console will also support TTL Monochrome and Composite Monochrome monitors.  If you can do without color.  You should be able to find TTL or Composite Monochrome monitors at used computer stores. You may want to take the console with you to verify video format.
  3. Kyle Chepulis at Technical Artistry ( has developed an upgrade video card specifically for the MicroVision FX that allows it to output a standard VGA signal in parallel with its old-style CGA signal.

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Note: ETC does not sell this device or support it. ETC has not tested this device with any of our lighting consoles.


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