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CRT madness!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,602 ✭✭✭ Steve X2


    Yeah, sent it over to grantspain in the uk and he fixed it up.

    I actually have a job for him at the moment, not sure if he's still in the game though.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,232 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    Customs make things like this a damn nightmare, double duty.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,597 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    And the taric code shite has things being sent back to return addresses.

    Ordered something from America a few weeks ago, arrived here, paid for duties and etc. €11 on a €30 item.

    It was still posted back to the sender, I emailed an post about it weeks ago and heard nothing since.

    It's some mess at the moment posting. And the rates all went up so we're now paying more for a shitter service



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,593 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit


    Don't think he is taking any work from outside the UK any longer.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,602 ✭✭✭ Steve X2


    Damn! He was pretty much the only option around for arcade chassis repairs. I wonder would he be willing to send back via address pal?

    I’ll ask him if I can get access to arcade otaku to message him. Been locked out of that for months and no admin seems to do anything with the admin message feature.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,593 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit




  • Registered Users Posts: 31,743 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Crap! That would be a bit of a disaster for us here if so.

    You may need to quit your day job and get into the CRT repair game :D



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,593 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit


    Tempting given the sh1te I've to deal with at work these days !!



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,649 ✭✭✭ eddhorse


    I only got a WG repaired from him a while back.

    I sorted all the shipping through work though. So he didn't have to handle any customs stuff.

    He got stung recently on a French repair so was saying UK only.



  • Registered Users Posts: 612 ✭✭✭ 80s Synth Pop


    Grant didn't say anything about customs when I asked but he said he is no longer servicing WG digital monitors unfortunately.


    I picked up another 2x CRT's recently. Thankfully no major issues I could not sort myself. These are officially trisync CGA/EGA/VGA but it can do quad sync up to SVGA 800x600.


    Absolutely delighted to have these and am putting them in the twin racing cab. Both monitors give a slightly worrying "clunk" sound when switching frequencies but I'm hoping that normal.

    IMHO a racing cab really needs trisync or even quad sync so you can play exactly the way they were intended to look letting you switch from the many "CGA" racers like Outrun, Chase HQ




    to the EGA Virtua Racing, Dayona, Sega Rally:



    then to the early 00's VGA like Crazy Taxi


    They also supports the modern stuff scaled to SVGA like Outlook 2 SP or Sega Race TV on Teknoparrot



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  • Registered Users Posts: 798 ✭✭✭ Lion Killer


    I have been on the dragonbox.de mailing list for 2-3 years at this point. I think they only got in one PVM in that time and I passed on it, which was a mistake in hindsight.

    Was wondering what the best options are for finding one online currently?



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭ Doge


    O1s1n will love this!




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭ Doge


    More CRT/Vector content this week:




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,602 ✭✭✭ Steve X2


    I tried to nab one after seeing the video earlier. Out of stock :(



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,896 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    I asked, on the Vectrex FB group, about a Veccy Clock and they've got one, but I think it needs a cart to run the timer.

    Maybe the Pitrex would do the trick.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,584 ✭✭✭ BGOllie


    got quite a nice haul of PVMs that were heading for the skip over the weekend. Not keeping them as I've too many monitors already so if any one wants one or two (free) : https://www.boards.ie/discussion/2058228778/free-jvc-tm-h140pn-14-pvms/p1?new=1




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,479 ✭✭✭ geotrig


    great save , fair play dude ! svideo is grand for a good few consoles and 14" too is the perfect size !



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,743 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Amazing to see these still being pulled out of places in this day and age, nice save :)

    I know you were saying there's some issues with them working, but cosmetically they look to be in great condition.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,766 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Very kind of you, @BGOllie

    S-Video is great. I got a PS1/2/3 cable today. Just DC and Saturn left once they clear customs.




  • Registered Users Posts: 5,597 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    Here's a problem I've never had before. Was making some adjustments on my grundig tonight. Just on the focus pots really because the picture was a slight bit blurry to me.

    So a cold solder joint popped on that part. Gave a mate a loan of my iron but no worries I'll fix it tomorrow.

    But here's where its a bit odd, obviously still works and I had my laserdisc and mega drive both running and hooked up. After the pot popped the mega drive picture looked washed out and off. Probably just the bad connection.

    Then I swtiched to the laserdisc and it was sharp and vibrant. Put the mega drive in that scart input and looked great too.

    Here's a picture of the mega drive across all 3 scart inputs. All pictures taken probably within a minute and very very different results

    The last picture being the "good input"

    Pretty strange I think. I'll fix the cold joint but I don't think it will have much difference..I'll just only use the good input from now on I suppose?

    Im wondering while I'm at this would I find someone to service the chassis for me? Or best to just not fix it if it ain't broken



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,593 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit


    It's rare enough that all SCART inputs are full RGB on a TV, I'd suspect the first input pictured is only using composite video hence the blurriness.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,479 ✭✭✭ geotrig


    yeah most crt tvs normally only 1 scart socket runs rgb ,every tv I have here is like that



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,597 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    Yeah I actually typed it that out and then deleted it because I thought I was being a bit dumb 🤣

    Good to know that's the case. I'll have to get myself a decent RGB scart switcher so



  • Registered Users Posts: 798 ✭✭✭ Lion Killer


    Have any other CRTs popped up over the last while - like websites selling them or anything? Dragonbox only had them once over the last couple of years and of course I didn't pull the trigger like a fool



  • Registered Users Posts: 798 ✭✭✭ Lion Killer


    Thank you. Do you think it is worth the cost? I am unfamiliar with that model



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,766 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    I've got one and really like it, but it's BIG - as in the case is really deep, there isn't even a basic mono speaker and tweaking everything is done via pots on PCBs, some of which aren't labelled in a way that makes sense.

    All that being said, I think it's a great monitor and the image quality when it's all calibrated is excellent.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,232 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    Finally got time to test a console on my 21" Trinitron I got earlier in the year. Only over composite for now, but it was glorious. Its a good few years since I seen OG hardware running on a crt, so it was a nice treat.

    On a related note, 50Hz Sonic the Hedgehog is a full on crime.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,593 ✭✭✭ The Last Bandit


    Booted the Naomi (mame'd) for the first time in ages this evening and was playing some shooters, Galaga & Truxton. Blown away by how good the fecking CRT looks, love the faint bullet trails etc..



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  • Registered Users Posts: 612 ✭✭✭ 80s Synth Pop


    What's your naomi setup like? My naomi has the 31k only sanwa crt but I use emudriver/groovymame and enable scanlines so the 480p image with the scanlines looks exactly like 240p.


    Then you can play demul at the correct 480p too.

    and hang light guns over the hooks at the back, swap the control panel in 1 minute. It really is a versatile cab for arcade emulation.



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