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Just like to say thanks for bringing this to Revival dude and well done on the work you have put into it
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Originally posted by IDCHAPPY IDCHAPPY wrote:

Just like to say thanks for bringing this to Revival dude and well done on the work you have put into it

Thanks Ian,

It was a pleasure bringing it!  but also Thanks to all involved in getting the machine to Revival ( and back home again! )

I am still feeling overwhelmed from the weekend! lol

I cannot wait for the next Revival and do it all over again!! lol
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Great machine, and great patience talking everyone through how to play ALL weekend.
 
Cheers for bringing it dude!
 
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How many games were there for it ?
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Originally posted by pooman2084 pooman2084 wrote:

Great machine, and great patience talking everyone through how to play ALL weekend.
 
Cheers for bringing it dude!
 
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Thanks!

I am so happy too that everyone enjoyed it!
I will make a return on Revival 2014! :D
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Originally posted by Pete Pete wrote:

How many games were there for it ?

As far as I know, the stand up machine had about 4 games, and the sitdown had around 5 or 6.

I have most of them, so I hope to have some more on it for next year`s Revival.
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Was great to see it at Revival 2013.
 
Can you do me a favour and next time it is in bits, take the Expality apart and do some close up photos of the two graphics cards and the ethernet card.
 
It may be that the graphics cards are NOT custom but one of the few standard Zorro III cards based on the TI chipset - likewise the ethernet controller could just be a standard Zorro II/III interface card.
 
Would be good to plan for failures and see what stock parts this system actually uses!.
 
The I/O may just be a stock expander with multiple high-speed serial ports....
 
 
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Originally posted by SimonH SimonH wrote:

Was great to see it at Revival 2013.
 
Can you do me a favour and next time it is in bits, take the Expality apart and do some close up photos of the two graphics cards and the ethernet card.
 
It may be that the graphics cards are NOT custom but one of the few standard Zorro III cards based on the TI chipset - likewise the ethernet controller could just be a standard Zorro II/III interface card.
 
Would be good to plan for failures and see what stock parts this system actually uses!.
 
The I/O may just be a stock expander with multiple high-speed serial ports....
 
 

Simon,  
I will sure - when I strip it down next. Should be soon, as I have just received the new CD drive for it today.
I also want to re-back up the HDD as I am not 100% confident that my original backup is good.


May be custom or not - unsure.  I`ll get pics when I can.

The network card is an ASDG Incorporated EB920 Board. I will get a pic, or bring it to RCM when you are there soon :)

The I/O Board is definitely custom for the system. It is made by W-Industries. I will grab a picture when I can.

I hope to see you again soon!

Simon

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Hi Simon(s),

My VR thread has some gfx card shots - http://www.ukvac.com/forum/tims-virtuality-thread_topic332465.html about three quarters down the page.

They're a little blurry but enough to ID this as a custom dev. Unfortunately the gfx PCBs are at least a 3 layer process otherwise I'd scan them.

My Ethernet cards are also an ASDG model - LAN-Rover.
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Still waiting for Doom on it though Tongue
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Glad i got to play on it at revival hope it will be a play expo 
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Hi all

The VR machines` next event is `planned` at RCM`s event at Snibston Discovery Park, Leicester at Easter 2014. Only pencilled in there tho as it depends if I can get it there. I hope so! :D

A confirmed event is Revival 2014. 

I am picking up some more VR kit at the weekend. It is basically just spare parts though. Although with that, I will hope to test the networking between my VR and the `mockup` I will build from the spares.
Once that is confirmed - ready to connect my VR to Alphas` VR at Revival 2014 - I will continue to re-instate the `spare parts` into a sit down system, so I can play the sit down games that I have.

if that works, I will try to get a racing seat, with steering and pedals, set up with the VR computer under the seat, to make a `compact` sit down VR system - ready for Revival 2014.....

Watch this space!  I will post up all the work I perform on testing the networking, the `test` system for other games, and then the sit down frame and build.

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Clap Excellent update buddy
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Very late to this thread but the graphics cards were VERY custom.

Remember this all dates from 1991 and everything around at that time was 2D. I know the later Ultra-scaler cards for the 2000 series were made by a company called Datapath (http://www.datapath.co.uk/) who made cards for the air-traffic control industry who used (for the time) VERY high resolution CRT screens. I'm thinking they built these as well but it's a long time ago now.... :-)
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