A few months ago I got sucked back into 3D printing. I’ve been super happy with my Monoprice i3, but something happened that made me want to print a ton of stuff. I decided to buy a super cheap Anet A8 specifically because it’s quite shitty, I just wanted to see what I could do with it. So far it has been a blast…Continue reading
Well I continued to fuel my addiction and bought a Beatmania arcade cabinet. First off, this thing is MASSIVE. Specific dimensions are: 39″x44″x75″. This makes my six slot look tiny. I have a bit of work ahead of myself:
Clean it up
Recap and calibrate the monitor
Fix general chips on the frame
Convert the HDD to an SSD or a CF card
Just look how big this thing is…
I’m pretty excited to start this project as I haven’t really done much arcade stuff and have left this blog to rot for a while. I’ve also found a cap list an manual online for the monitor, which I’m going to record on here for reference. The display is a Toei TC-L292
Cloning the HDD or finding ISOs will probably be an issue. I imagine it’ll be possible to make a few different CF cards if I can just find the content, as a lot of the Beatmania cabinets run off the same hardware.
Much much more to come on this!
I bought an F14 Tomcat Pinball last year, and am finally going to get around to refurbishing it. I have an LED kit on the way and am working on tracking down a plastics kit. This should be pretty straightforward as it’s overall in great shape. But just for kicks, here are a couple of pictures.
Note: I’ve been trying to write one of these every year but unfortunately managed to miss it last year due to an incredibly busy year. But just for posterity I’ll include my favorite game of 2016 at the bottom of this article.
This year was absolutely nuts with amazing hits coming out seemingly left and right, it was difficult to narrow this down to list of ten games, but I managed to do it! I’d like to preemptively apologize to Fortnite, Splatoon 2, Nidhogg 2, and Disc Jam. I’d love to have included them as well, but then that would be a weirdly long favorites list. Anyways, lets start this:
A few months ago with my Vewlix cabs I bought an MVS U4 29 Inch. I’ve had practically no time to work on it, given that I moved for a new job and got inundated with Macro stuff. Finally I’m tearing this thing apart and working on it. It was FILTHY. It needs a bit of work. Here’s what I have planned:
Sandblasting the CP
Replacing all controls
Recap the monitor
New side art
New front door. May have to make one if I can’t find one
Anyways. Here’s a quick pic dump of the cab. Unfortunately I didn’t take a ton of photos of it dirty. But here are the pre wash and post wash pics
My current issue is trying to track down a cap kit for this monitor ( The tube is a Toshiba A68KJU96X01. Chassis is a Toei Tc-a292s). I can’t find much of anything about it online. So I may have to resort to looking at each cap individually and purchasing the kit, then making a cap map for anyone else who may need a cap kit. This is my plan, but I may not be able to do this until next weekend at the earliest.
I modified a 25 inch CP overlay to (hopefully) fit the 29 inch I have. Since I couldn’t find a 29 incher. You can find it right here, if you need a 29 inch overlay. Though I’ll update this once it’s on and tested. I’m also trying to track down the artwork for the 1p and 2p start buttons, that was above the overlay. Mine broke into pieces when I took the CP apart.
A few months ago I received a free Sega Nomad from a friend. It has more or less been sitting in a closet with all of my other Sega games, mostly unused. The issue with the Nomad was that the battery compartment was missing, so realistically this thing was unusable. I finally decided to tear it apart and integrate some rechargeable batteries for it. This was mostly done with parts I had lying around. So what I used for this was:
Two knock-off Chinese DS Lite batteries (I have a ton of these from macro work)
A spare 7.4v charging circuit
Spare 7.4v smart battery charger.
This is less of a tutorial post and more of an image dump. As of right now, the battery portion of the mod is complete, but the LCD portion is not. The LCD had some syncing issues with the Nomad, so I ordered another one. I will post a much more in-depth and tutorialized post once that is all finished. But for now, here are all of the images of the mini project.
Plain ol’ Nomad
This is the nomad’s butt
Daughterboard. Well at least that’s what I’d call it.
Back of the nomad
The batteries on the right are what I wanted to used. But they would not have fit without a lot of case reworking
A bit fuzzy on how i ended up wiring this. I believe ultimately I went with cutting the power traces at the DC port. Wiring the batteries to the DC port. Then also wiring the + terminal of the battery to + terminal on the original battery connector. That way the battery LED was still functional.
I wrote one of these things last year simply because it was a fun little way to kill time. I figure I might as well do it again this year. As will last year I doubt many people will read this, though I do have a bit of increased traffic from the Game Boy Macro stuff so maybe a few people will see this and find it interesting!
To preface, I’m primarily a PC gamer, so pretty much all of these games you can assume I played on PC, and one game on the list is technically a 2015 game since that’s when it was released for PC! Anyways, I’ll stop wasting your time. Here’s the list:
I did this last year as well. I don’t have a ton of time for games, so I play a lot of games from previous years. I put this game off for a while but finally decided to tackle it early 2015 (literally started playing it on January 1). After episode 1 I was hooked. I practically played non-stop throughout the story and even the 400 Days expansion trying every option that felt meaningful. If it weren’t for this series I may not have ever tried Life is Strange. The Walking Dead really opened my eyes to these Telltale style point and click adventures. I am certainly hoping for more.
I don’t really have a ton to say about this game other than it was an incredibly fun RPG, especially for someone who doesn’t typically like turn based RPGs. The art style was incredible and felt exactly like I was watching the show. It’s a great game that easily would have been my favorite had I played The Walking Dead one day earlier.
A few weeks ago I had the urge to get a backwards compatible PS3. I’ve had a few in the past, but they seem to eventually die of YLOD. I decided to pick a YLOD console up off of ebay for $30 and fix it. I did the standard reflow as a repair, as well as replaced the thermal paste on the IHS for the GPU and Cell processor in some crazy dream that it will keep going if I do that.
In addition to that, I also decided to make an adjustable fan mod. I did this fairly simply, and you can see the photos below on how to do it yourself if you’d like.
Initially I was just going to mount a POT to the front and use it for fan adjustment, I eventually decided it might be beneficial to also put a switch in so I can switch between the fan being controlled by the PS3 and the fan just being controlled by the POT. Keep in mind, this POT isn’t really the perfect rating (250k I believe), but it works fairly well and I had it on hand. As well as a random DPDT switch. The mounts aren’t perfect, but I’ll clean them up in a bit, this is just a quick hour long project.
Connect the grey wire from the fan to the dpdt switch. The wire going to the motherboard will be sent to another point on the switch, and the POT will go to the final remaining pole.
Just a little DPDT switch to control it
Quick shot of the mount on the front. Seems to work fairly well.