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1  General Category / Reviews / I,Robot control panel stickers from on: December 31, 2008, 09:45:12 PM
When I first got my I,Robot it was missing the control panel artwork so repro'd my own from scans Clay Cowgill had made, and printed them on sticker paper on my inkjet. The results were nice at first but over the years they faded badly.

Recently, I happened to be browsing's inventory and noticed they had these in stock, so I ordered them.

I wondered which version of the front art they would send (one is yellow and one is red). I was hoping for yellow. To my delight, when they arrived, both the yellow and red versions were in the package. The quality is fantastic. See pics.

The only issue I had was fairly minor... the front art is not die cut to fit, so you have to cut it yourself. If you're not a steady hand with scissors, the results may not be to your liking. Fortunately, I didn't make any mistakes. If I had, I would have probably tried again with the red version.

Score: 4.5 of 5.
2  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest on: November 23, 2008, 06:31:56 PM
Company : Williams
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 19" vertical color raster
Year : 1986

Traded my Crystal Castles for this.

3  General Category / Monitors / Re: Vigilante on: October 13, 2008, 09:15:17 PM
There's not one simple answer. It'll take a lot of troubleshooting to say exactly what your problem is. You should start by identifying what kind of monitor you have. Any labels?
4  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Ms. Pac-Man on: October 02, 2008, 12:31:37 AM
Company : Bally/Midway (Namco license)
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 19" vertical color raster
Year : 1981

Spotted it on Craigslist locally for a good price with a non-working monitor. I was the first to respond so I snagged it. It had a Sanyo 20EZ (Nintendo) monitor in it. I didn't bother trouble shooting since I had a Happ Vision Pro in storage. I swapped that in and it works nicely.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: CPS-1 Battery Fixes for JP PCBs on: September 28, 2008, 11:37:24 PM
Here's are disassemblies of the fixed 3 Wonders, Knights of the Round, King of Dragons and Punisher ROMs from my page (these are all I can find from my archives).

Search for ** to find my patches. In order to create patches for the Japanese versions, you have to make the same changes seen here to the Japanese version.

If you don't understand a change let me know and I'll have a peek to explain what it does.

If you do one and test it working, please send me the ROMs to post on my page for everyone else.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: CPS-1 Battery Fixes for JP PCBs on: August 30, 2008, 01:12:03 AM
Thanks to James Greenhalgh, we have Tenchi Wo Kurau II (JP region Warriors Of Fate) now. I just updated the page with a link to the file.

I could explain how to fix others but I don't have time to create the fixes myself. You need to be a little familiar with 68000 assembly language, but not an expert.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: looking for pics of Inferno & Splat on: July 08, 2008, 03:10:08 PM
I only ever took a few pics of mine while I had it. Attached. No Splat pics, sorry.
8  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Atari Showcase 33" on: May 14, 2008, 05:35:22 PM
Company : Atari
Cabinet : Conversion
Monitor : 33" horizontal color raster
Year : 1994?

Bought cheap from a local collector. Came with Primal Rage installed but I don't care for that game so I use this as my JAMMA cabinet.

9  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Arkanoid on: May 14, 2008, 05:32:36 PM
Company : Taito
Cabinet : Cocktail conversion
Monitor : 19" vertical b&w raster
Year : 1986

A nice cheap local Craigslist find. Appears to be a former Midway cocktail. I don't think Arkanoid ever came in a dedicated cabinet. Works fine, but had a little soda spilled under the plexi on player 2's control panel that'll need cleaning. I think I'll convert this into a multi-game cabinet and load it with games that use a spinner. Some day. Too many projects.
10  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Asteroids on: May 14, 2008, 05:25:43 PM
Company : Atari
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 19" horizontal b&w raster
Year : 1979

A nice cheap local Craigslist find. Bought from a Boeing employee. He was done with it. It works nice except either the speaker is blown or the sound amp is bad. Shouldn't be a hard fix.
11  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Tron on: May 14, 2008, 05:21:24 PM
Company : Bally/Midway
Cabinet : Dedicated Cabaret
Monitor : 13" vertical color raster
Year : 1982

Another craigslist find. This one didn't need any work. It's in nice shape and came with extra parts.
12  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Neo Geo 4-slot on: May 14, 2008, 05:19:16 PM
Company : SNK
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 25" horizontal color raster
Year : 1989

Another good local Craigslist find. When I got it, the sound was missing (replaced with an annoying hum), the monitor's green was weak and the marquee light assembly was missing. I bought a cap kit for the audio section of the PCB and that fixed the sound. I bought a marquee light assembly from a dude on, but only two of the four lights worked. The hum goes away when a game with a working marquee light panel is selected, so the hum will probably go away completely when I replace the bad light panels. A cap kit should fix the monitor. The green is there, it's just weak, so it's probably not a defective gun.

The games it came with are Samurai Shodown 4, King of Fighters 97, Metal Slug X and SVC Chaos. I have since picked up Samurai Shodown 2 and Metal Slug 2.

I need to pick up a few more Metal Slugs, Magician Lord, Bust-a-Move and a few other choice titles.
13  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / MACE: The Dark Age on: May 14, 2008, 05:11:48 PM
Company : Atari
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 25" horizontal color raster
Year : 1997

I got this from the game's designer who lives locally and was moving overseas and didn't want to take it with him, so he sold it. It's marked "Field Test Proto #10".

The hard drive had some bad sectors, but it wasn't the proto hard drive (although the proto hard drive was also in the cabinet, but didn't work either. Yes, I still made a copy of it), so I bought a IDE to SD card adapter and used the CHD image off the net.

Works great now. Should last a good long time with a SD card in there instead of a hard drive. Grin

14  General Category / Gone but not forgotten / Donkey Kong on: May 14, 2008, 04:59:20 PM
Company : Nintendo
Cabinet : Dedicated
Monitor : 19" vertical color raster
Year : 1981

I bought this as a Donkey Kong 3 cheap from a local collector. He had all the parts to convert it to Donkey Kong and sold me those as well. I converted it to Donkey Kong right away, but I haven't installed the side art on the left side yet since installing the right side was such a pain in the keister.

I installed a DK II: Jumpman Returns kit in it, too. Great fun!!
15  General Category / Monitors / Re: Kortek 19" hook up on: November 10, 2007, 03:52:01 PM
There's no risk in hurting the monitor by connecting the video cable wrong. Do you still have the old monitor in the Moon Patrol? Its connector should be labeled so you can compare the connectors labels on the two monitors and see what the differences are. With that split 6-pin and 3-pin connector, that 3-pin connector is for monitors that have a separate input for different polarity of the sync pin. Some games output positive sync, others negative. Usually, the way it works is that the six pin connector will be:

1 - Red
2 - Green
3 - Blue
4 - Ground
5 - Vertical Sync (positive)
6 - Horizontal or Composite Sync (positive)

And the three pin connector will be:

4 - Ground
5 - Vertical Sync (negaitve)
6 - Horizontal or Composite Sync (negative)

Sometimes the Vertical and Horizontal/Composite pins will be swapped. Sometimes negative will be on the 6-pin connector and positive on the 3-pin.

Does the Kortek have both a 6-pin and 3-pin connector? If so, chances are you can plug the Moon Patrol harness right in and it should work. It won't hurt to try it. Post back here if it doesn't work and I'll try to help explain what you'll need to do.
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