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Title: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 03:54:07 PM
(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/centipede-dimmu.jpg)

Hmm, in desperate need of a new arcade game.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/1.jpg)

Let's see what Swedens largest selling site has to offer.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/2.jpg)

Ok, found something. Made a Quick call and haggled like hell. Preliminary deal was made. Brought the usual food.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/3.jpg)

Small cab. Is my beloved car big enough?
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/4.jpg)

Naa, took the other car.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/5.jpg)

110 km later, the deal was made.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/6.jpg)

What could it be?
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/7.jpg)

Even a arcade gamer needs food.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/8.jpg)

Finally home
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/9.jpg)

Hmm, the screen needs some tweaking and definately a degauss.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/10.jpg)

All in all, in good shape. Everything works like a dream, except for the screen. Will paint the sides and add some sideart. Can't get all for 150...

Great!


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: scr33n on February 28, 2012, 04:00:32 PM
Centipede Cabaret !!! Great catch  :spaceace: Congratulations!!!


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 28, 2012, 04:24:33 PM
Thanks for the trip !  :)


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Muerto on February 28, 2012, 05:01:32 PM
Sweet catch! - and nothing is lost with a centi caberet!!
Which side art will you apply?? The same as the UR??


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 28, 2012, 05:04:34 PM
Excellent ! :)

Is that a Nissan Micra ?

If you turn back the Screen pot on the HVT (fly-back) I be the screen will already look a lot better.

If you're going for a restore you'll need some "fuji" buttons with LEDs to replace the one's currently on there. The CPO looks very good shape still !



Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: jcp on February 28, 2012, 05:33:45 PM
Congrats : a very good choice  :spaceace:.
And, welcome to the club (I've got a Centipede cabaret too!).


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 28, 2012, 05:36:33 PM
What I like of the Centi cabaret is that it still has a 19" monitor...


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Superully on February 28, 2012, 05:41:29 PM
nice catch, centipede is such a great game - and it seems to be in good condition as well!


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 06:39:18 PM
Edit: Can you see the pixx properly? On My IPad 25% on the right is missing?

Thanks guys. Yes, a really great game. @level42: Fuji buttons. Yes, saw that too. A friend of mine has one as well equipped with these. But i saw that one of them was connected, hanging loose underneath the panel. + one similar to the others. Wow, a 4 player Centipede!

Done some tweaking and it's alot better but far away from perfect. Couldnt find contrast, brightness or focus At first but found the two first connected with long cables, with their own pots just below the control panel. + there was a button with Degauss. Unfortunately the Degauss wasnt connected. Followed the cable back to the chassi but its hanging loose and I have no clue where to connect it. Its a two pins female  connector. When I tweaked them everything was, as I said alot better but now I have some "white lines" vertically on the screen.

Still can't find focus though.

The screen is not the original one. It's a Hantarex... Been looking on the net but can't find the right manual. Maybe some one here can help? I'll take more pictures soon but I'll post the ones so far.
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/hant1.jpg)
(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz118/dimmu--borgirkattkatt/Road/hant2.jpg)

Thanks


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Belike on February 28, 2012, 07:12:04 PM
Nice one, congrats. ;)
The monitor chassis is a Hantarex MTC 900, I don't know if the manual is available online, if you can't find it, I have it scanned. ;)


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: joeks on February 28, 2012, 07:31:48 PM
Nice one, congrats. ;)
The monitor chassis is a Hantarex MTC 900, I don't know if the manual is available online, if you can't find it, I have it scanned. ;)

I have two original manuals that (I believe) nobody claimed yet.
I can send you one if you want.
See this thread http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=3393.15


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: gyruss on February 28, 2012, 07:38:24 PM
I love these Atari cabarets, great find!


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 28, 2012, 07:58:12 PM
Nice one, congrats. ;)
The monitor chassis is a Hantarex MTC 900, I don't know if the manual is available online, if you can't find it, I have it scanned. ;)

I have two original manuals that (I believe) nobody claimed yet.
I can send you one if you want.
See this thread http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=3393.15

One for him, and one for me please  ;)

I do have the scans from Bela, and the MTC is in almost every zacc...
(i did reply also in your thread joeks)


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 08:23:16 PM
Found the manual but thanks anyway. Focus was on the monitor neck. Done what i can and everything is as bright as it can. The lines I was talking about has disappeared.

But!

The colors are wrong. Quite fade. On the manual there are few pots that could solve this I guess.
Red/Green/blue Input level, GB Gain (not red) and RGB DC Level. 9 pots. Which ones would I tweak or is it pointless? According to how reachable the pots are My guess is input level?

Thanks


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Belike on February 28, 2012, 08:39:45 PM
As far as I know, faded colors caused by the tube, let it run a few hours, maybe it will solve the problem.
If not, you will need a rejuvenator.
http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=1977.0


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 08:47:27 PM
Ok. Thanks. Ill try that. Also found out thanks to the manual where to connect the degauss cable.


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: DarthNuno on February 28, 2012, 08:50:03 PM
Obviously a short road trip...but efficient!  8) For your fist road trip here... the 'homepage' honor of course ;) :P  :arrow:

(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/centipede-dimmu.jpg)

 :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 09:03:35 PM
I'm honored!  :oops:


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Belike on February 28, 2012, 09:05:17 PM
Super cool banner Bruno, like a horror movie. ;D


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: DarthNuno on February 28, 2012, 09:08:31 PM
... like a horror movie. ;D

Yeps! But I prefer to precise it : He is not the green monster  :P I should have used an other color for Dimmu  :oops:  ;)


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: zapposh on February 28, 2012, 09:40:32 PM
Great catch, and working well on top of it! Nice.


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 28, 2012, 10:26:21 PM

The colors are wrong. Quite fade.

Hold your horses !!

Remember that the colors used in Centipede are NOT that "hard" as on most games from the same era !!!

In fact they are pretty "soft" toned and thats how they are supposed to be so don't turn it up TOO much....

Most of the games in that era used very primary colors like (100%) red, blue, green, yellow. Centi had mixed colors and in softer tones, I am sure that has something to do with this being the first game designed by o woman...and maybe it is also why females are still attracted to this game...


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 28, 2012, 10:47:04 PM
That neckboard is another  proof how poor factory quality sometimes was in those days.....check out those solderings...

Some are "school examples" of bad solderings....Some are Even BULBS. If I would solder like that in school i got my balls kicked by the teacher. My 9 year old son makes MUCH better solderings :):):)

The cause looks clear enough in most of these solderings: Too much solder used...


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 28, 2012, 11:40:29 PM
Well, i'm probably satisfied with it but the day before I went purchasing this I played it at a friend and he had a new monitor. In comparison...well, lightyears.

I'll try the "hours on" and if nothing happens, I'll tweak a little. After that, well, it's fully playable and thats enough for me. Almost.


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: leonk on February 29, 2012, 01:20:51 AM
The closeup picture of the monitor looks like jail bars on the screen.  Is this visible in real life, or is just a frequency difference between the monitor and digital camera?

If you see those bars in real life, then the chassis needs a cap kit done.  I had a similar problem on a 25" WG K7000 series monitor, and the kit took all those bars away.


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 29, 2012, 06:29:05 PM
@leonk and well, anyone else. I'm a newbie to this (i'm a gamer foremost) but this time i'll try to learn as much as possible.

The bars you see comes from the photo. But when I tweaked brightness and contrast everything got better but there was other white jailbars all over the screen when I did that. They disappeared when I tweaked focus. Done some RGB tweaking today but the colors aren't what they suppose to be. The screen also go from blurry to quite sharp all the time.

Do you guys think that a new cap kit will solve this? I have a friend that will help me with the discharging, so don't worry...  ;)


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 29, 2012, 07:23:39 PM
Never hurts to do a cap kit....What monitor is it a g07 ? These have a very good reputation generally.
got a pic of how it looks now ?


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: dimmu--borgir on February 29, 2012, 07:38:46 PM
Electrohome?

So my monitor is a electrohome g07 and the chassi is Hantarex mtc 900?
Cannot take pictures until Monday...


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on February 29, 2012, 08:35:03 PM
Ouhhhmmm, I'm not very sharp today.....its a Hantarex of course....duh...


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Level42 on March 01, 2012, 12:12:55 AM
Obviously a short road trip...but efficient!  8) For your fist road trip here... the 'homepage' honor of course ;) :P  :arrow:

(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/centipede-dimmu.jpg)

 :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:
No offense but why does this one get a "headline" and Gyruss' PP cockpit not ?


Title: Re: Short roadtrip for the need of the Green monster...
Post by: Arch on March 13, 2012, 02:50:16 PM
Any luck with the monitor yet? Judging by the pictures you have the screen volt too high and the colours too low. Also, the brightness and contrast pots are separate from the chassis and might be located elsewhere in the cabinet. The focus sits on the neckboard. Don't kill yourself while adjusting that btw! One hand around your nuts mate - always.

You say somewhere that the colours are wrong. Are they inverted? If so, plug CY/CX is the rgb negative - just move to the other header position (it is a three wire plug of red/green/blue). Also, as you say, it needs to be degaussed.

If, after recapping and adjusting everything there is it's still milky white, there is a chance that the tube is borked.  :(

And in case you haven't found it yourself yet: http://mameandcoinop.xoom.it//mameandcoinop/utility/mtc900.pdf