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
- Probably more!
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
- 4x 16V 10uF
- 1x 16V 22uF
- 1x 16V 22uF bipolar
- 1x 16V 33uF
- 1x 16V 47uF
- 3x 16V 100uF
- 1x 16V 220uF
- 3x 16V 470uF
- 1x 16V 1000uF
- 1x 25V 1000uF
- 4x 35V 4.7uF
- 1x 35V 4.7uF bipolar
- 2x 35V 47uF
- 2x 35V 100uF
- 2x 35V 1000uF
- 5x 50V 1uF
- 2x 50V 2.2uF bipolar
- 1x 50V 4.7uF bipolar
- 1x 50V 10uF
- 1x 100V 47uF
- 1x 160V 47uF
- 1x 160V 470uF
- 1x 180V 680uF
- 2x 250V 22uF
- 1x 250V 100uF
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:
Should have posted this a while ago, but I picked up an Atomiswave! It popped up on craigslist and I couldn’t resist it…
Then I picked up a Third Strike board (aka the best Street Fighter ever)
So I came across a Sony PVM on craigslist a week ago and couldn’t resist getting it. Since then I’ve fallen down a retro hole. I have a bunch of scart cables on the way, so I’m pretty excited to see how everything looks on it. Scart is actually kind of complicated, who would have thought? My head just about exploded trying to differentiate between Composite Sync and Composite Video + Sync. Still not sure I totally get it. Anyways, it resulted in my picking up a new snes, model 1 genesis (original with “High Definition”), saturn, and hooking up my n64 and ps2.
I ended up doing a stereo mod to the Genny after cleaning it out, pretty pleased with how clean it turned out!
Now I just have to clean up these bad boys
I noticed the snes has the center pin for the power jack broken off. I ordered a replacement, but I’m considering doing something weird like internalizing the PSU and putting a figure 8 connector on it or something. That could be neat.
Anyways, this TV is fantastic, I need to find a better place for it.
Totally unrelated to anything. But I’ve run 1011 miles so far in 2015. Aw yeah! 2000 here I come!
I recently got a hold of two Wonderswans and decided I wanted to front light at least one of them. After some research I found this screen. The screen seems to be the proper dimension for front lighting the wonderswan, and it was on sale for $3! So I grabbed four of them (in retrospect I should have gotten like 20 of them).
They came yesterday and I tore the thing apart and started off on frontlighting it. This will serve as somewhat of a guide for doing this.
First we start with the donor screen.
The donor screen.
Wedge a screw driver in the opening to pry the metal away from the clips
Pull away and you’ll reveal the front light and diffuser right there.
Wellp, I’m trying my hand at making some more boards, though very simple ones. I don’t have a DB15 board that is short enough for my PS4 project box, so here’s one mocked up, that maps every pin. We’ll see how it goes. Though I ordered my parts from China since the US was literally like 5x the price.
For Christmas I decided to surprise my dad with a simseat and logitech g27. I went with the RaceRoom RR3055 and the shifter mount addon. I built the seat on Christmas Eve and dragged my dad’s desktop out to run the sims on, it’s fantastic.