Over the past year or so I’ve gotten far more into pinball. I’m not really sure what it is about it, but I’ve grown quite fond of it. One of the games that has been on my hit list has been a Whirlwind, which I’ve been looking for since August. As of a couple of weeks ago I finally got one! Though, that being said it is quite rough:Continue reading
Well overnight I got incredibly paranoid about losing the Beatmania harddrive and decided to order a CF card and IDE adapter, today I pre-emptively backed up the image using chdman, it went just fine:
We’ll see how it does when i try to write it. Assuming it works I’ll upload this somewhere.
I also attempted to 3d model one of the beacon domes for F14 tomcat. I’m going to attempt a print shortly, here it is in all its glory:
To be continued!
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
- Probably more!
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.
Finally had a chance to make a cap list for the Toei Tc-a292s. The cap map is still SUPER rough. I need to overlay it onto a picture of a board. Right now it’s just stuff I’ve drawn on a legal pad 😛
Chassis Cap List:
Or, if you prefer a sheet: Click Here
As for the super duper rough map, that is available below. I’ll update this when I have a pretty version
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
- Total wash
- Future repainting
- 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.
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.
Here’s a dumb video:
I know I separated the Macro updates from this site, but I really wanted to throw these up here, I really like how they’re starting to turn out!
In the back of my head for a while I’ve had plans to build a jamma box so I can use xbox 360 on a cabinet. Well my Vewlix came a few days ago, and I really wanted to use a 360 in it. The vewlix was wired for Chinese Jamma (which allows buttons 1-6 over one harness) so I figured why not build it for that? I can always use a JNX adapter to make it normal jamma! Anyways, I used the padhacks below that I’ve had sitting in a drawer for a year
Anways, I used a project box and a Jammaboard.com (RIP) jamma edge connector. I feel like it came out pretty nicely!
That’s pretty much it. I just wanted to throw a quick post up!