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This is what my helmet looks like....

 
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YAY!

New video converter boards arrived today!

I hope to get my `box of tricks` finished, then all I have to do is mount the LCD`s.....

then a working system again!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Alpha1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Feb 2013 at 12:45am
Loving the updates!
Wanted: Time Traveller, GALAXIAN 3 THEATER, 80's Namco & Taito games

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Pics comming at weekend, but heres a quick update...

 
`Box of tricks` re-wired
Main Visette Cable re-configured
LCD`s plugged in and tested ( a bit of fine tuning required - Left output is missing Green signal - easy fix )
Audio in visette not working - easy fix, I assume I miss counted the pins to connect to :P
LCD`s now on the new mounts
Video assembly built and placed in visette - but not turned on yet... planned to be turned on tomorrow night
Looks like they line up fine :)
 
All being well - system should be up an running at the weekend!
 
 
 
Just one question to all the current/previous VR owners :
Do I really need to turn the Expality on after fans and off before the mains switch ?
 
I ask as I worry that the LCD`s were blown when I turned it off at the mains - with the expailty still on. The amp capacitors discharged and `popped` the speakers ( as they do on amps ) - but I worry that was the cause of the LCD`s blowing.  So now I never turn the system off at the mains unless the expality has shut down.
 
Is it generally safe to keep the Expality on, and just use the mains switch ?
 
Thanks
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Ordyne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2013 at 10:38pm
Re: the Amiga batteries, in my experience fit a cr2032 and holder with a diode on it to stop charging. These are now available on eBay on a small PCB to get the pin spacing right to fit in the old battery location.

Great work so far!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote simon_m74 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2013 at 10:57pm
hey guys!

System is up and running!

Pics tomorrow :D:D:

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Hi Guys!

Ok, here are some pics of the latest work on my VR machine!



The New LCDs, ready to be used :)


First test on the LCD - interference on the display though - sorted with shielded cable later.


Close up of the LCD - in reverse of course due to lack of mirror thats in the Visette.


The new LCD mounts, as the originals were not compatible with the new LCD`s


Reconfigured Cabling for within the Visette.


The test fit of the LCD cases.


LCD Mounts painted, LCDS in place, and new mirrors as I scratch the originals.


Looking into the mirrors.


Perfect fit! :D


`Box of Tricks`, for converting the video signal, on the side of the Expality Computer.



The first dual screen test run!


A couple of extra LCD pics.

Side Covers back on!


Modding the Visette connection wiring to accept the new configuration.


All built, tested and fully working!


Best shot I could take through the Visette lens with my Camera!
A hint of ghosting : that is due to the image from the LCD being reflected from both the front and back face of the new mirrors. I have sourced a better mirror that I will replace these with soon.


And the last one - my son playing a VR game for the first time! The machine is 3 years older than he is!Sorry about the night pic, I have to wheel the machine out to play it as the height of the garage is too low to play!



And heres one of my old Amiga 500, with a newly purchased A570 CD drive  - that I plan to use to replace the one on the VR machine - if I cant fix it, as it keeps blowing its internal fuse.


I hope you all like the pics!

More to come when I do more work on it!

Also, my version of the service manual is coming on well too!
Almost done... I just need to add my mods to the back of it!

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This is an EPIC THREAD
Wanted: Time Traveller, GALAXIAN 3 THEATER, 80's Namco & Taito games

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:D:D:D Thanks!!!!!

I`ll keep updating when and where I can..

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote boyo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2013 at 12:11am
Would you be up for bringing this to our Revival event in May in Wolverhamton? www.revivalretroevents.com

Edited by boyo - 21 Feb 2013 at 12:11am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote IDCHAPPY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2013 at 7:38am
Das Awesome

Surely can't be many bar this one, fully operational in the UK?
We are the 45
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I`d love to be able to take it to the Revival Event, but I dont have the transport for it :/
 
I hope to arrange something so I can take it to the next event.
 
I will be attending anyway !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote trm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 2013 at 1:07pm
Excellent work Simon :) Really well done!
There'll be no accusations,
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Thanks!
 
I hope to help anyone to get their machine going too!
 
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PS......
 
in that green box under my Amiga, is some of the parts for Johnny Five.... I`m making a replica, along with some friends from all over ther world, ( well UK & USA )
 
I`ll put some pics up on the right part of the forum later in the week.
 
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Originally posted by simon_m74 simon_m74 wrote:

I`d love to be able to take it to the Revival Event, but I dont have the transport for it :/
 

I hope to arrange something so I can take it to the next event.

 

I will be attending anyway !


I'm sure the transport issue can be fixed.
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Simon,
 
How do you mean the transport can be fixed?
 
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Originally posted by simon_m74 simon_m74 wrote:

Simon,
 

How do you mean the transport can be fixed?

 

Simon


Talk to boyo - let him know your postcode and whether or not it can be taken apart or needs to go as is etc...

He is co-ordinating transport for several of the exhibitors, trying to limit the number of vans being hired etc.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BigBaz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Mar 2013 at 4:32pm
Great thread and restoration, Long time since i played on one of these! I didn't realise they made such a little amount of them. 

At least having it in the garage gives you the comfort of not feeling like a nob with everyone laughing as they walk past sein as they always used to be on display next to a window (I think more people would have played on them if they were hidden away at the back of arcades with a little advertising to entice you in) 
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Hi Baz

Thanks

I store it in the garage, but I due to the height of the garage roof, I need to wheel it out each time I want to play on it!
I dont mind people watching me play - I play it for my experience, not for the people watching :P
Lucky tho for security - my garage is set back, behind a large gate, so people cant see - other that the guy who lives opposite, while he hangs out the window having a smoke:P

I am working on adding an external screen, so that viewers can see what the player sees during the game.

After the Revival Event that it will be at, I plan to `mod` the machine a little more, after learning so much during its repair.

I have learned that the Hard Drives have more than one game installed.... Between mine, 1 of Gridrunner`s ( he has 2! ), and from the files that TRM had posted, I have access to most of the games now!
( if anyone has any other 1000 series HDD, I would love to share the data :)

I will be working on making my machine a multi-VR-game system, thats a combination of the stand up version as well as the site down configurations.

I have purchased retro analogue joysticks, pedals, steering wheels, to use as attachable options to my machine, to make it as universal as possible - without destroying the original.

I will post the update on here once I get it started :)

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