How to Make a VGA to RCA Cable

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How to Make a VGA to RCA Cable
MALE 15 Pin D-Sub VGA Connector (vga image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from Fotolia.com)

VGA connectors carry analogue video signals for red, green and blue channels (RGB). Component RCA carries a similar but different signal (YPbPr). Some devices are capable of sending and receiving a YPbPr signal over VGA, but many others cannot. In the cases where it is feasible, you can easily make your own VGA to Component RCA cable using a Cat 5 cable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Male RCA plugs
  • 15 Pin Male D-sub connector (VGA)
  • Category 5 cable
  • Wire strippers
  • Soldering Iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Untwist and strip the orange, green and blue pairs from both ends of the category 5 cable.

    How to Make a VGA to RCA Cable
    SHIELDED twisted pair cable (twisted pair cable image by Aussiebloke from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Attach RCA plugs to each pair on one side. Connect a pair's solid conductor to the RCA centre pole and the striped conductor to ground. The green pair will carry the Y signal, the orange pair will carry Pr, and the blue pair will carry Pb.

    How to Make a VGA to RCA Cable
    RCA plugs (three rca connectors on white background image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Attach the other end to the VGA connector by soldering the conductors to the following pins:

    Pin 1 -- Orange Pin 2 -- Green Pin 3 -- Blue Pin 6 -- Orange/White Pin 7 -- Green/White Pin 8 -- Blue/White

Tips and warnings

  • For some display devices, you may have to manually set the VGA input to "component."

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