I'm very pleased with my PAL VIC-20 replica, the Vicky-20. It's almost a year old and the VIC-20 that sits on my desk all the time.
I've wanted the absolute best video out of this thing I could muster. This board is fortunately VERY easy to modify.
Sure, you need an S-Video Cable for this. You can use a 5 Pin DIN to RCA jack from the Amazonies for a few bucks. This works without modification with my RetroTink 2X Pro
You can also very easily make a standard cable with some wire cutters and cannibalize an S-Video cable with the 4-pin connector. It is only 4 wires so give it a go.
I was fortunate to snag the very last VIC-20 A/V Adapter so this makes the connection super easy and clean. Sorry, they are sold out though.
So you're probably here for results. Here are some of my favorite screens on a VIC-20 before and after.
I took a ton of pictures if you need them, but Amiga Retro did a video on this a while back and I did exactly what he did. Highly recommend you follow those instructions.
- Remove a ferrite bead,
- Remove a capacitor
- Install a capacitor
- Scratch open a trace separating Pin 4 and 5 on the DIN connector
- Install a resistor with some heat shrink on it and you're done!