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« on: January 02, 2007, 11:49:27 PM »


Yeeeeehaaaaaaaawwwww !!!  (c) Duke of Hazzard

2007 will be a great year  Tongue  And it start today, the 2nd of January with my first roadtrip for this new year  

For that cab', located in the Finny's Lar, Jason says me : 'If you want to bring back that cab' you've to brings your boots..."  shock  shock  shock

...So I'm preparing all the stuff needed for that third UK expedition  Tongue



OK, just for archive    :





My 'offical' sponsor  Cheesy



As you probalby know, I'm from Belgium  Cool  So I've to cross all my (small) country  shock

...now entering in France ... 4 hours later...



...and I arrive in the Eurotunnel :



Jesus Christ  Evil  I didn't print all the route for going to the Finny's Lair  oppps  Hopefully, I sitll have a good old map, like the good old days  roll eyes  



Welcome in UK  Cool



...and here we are : The mission for today will be to climb overthere and get back the cab  shock  :



...mud...  confused



Ok, I send my wife as a scout  roll eyes  



...so many traps to reach the lair ...



...no matter, the prize is a ROLLING THUNDER



Now the funny part : bring back the cab to the car...



...hopfully Jason 'Indiana Jones' brings a friend to help  Smiley Thanks to him too :-)



...and there it is : The Holy Graal for that Journey  Tongue  



Jaz's apprentice, Jaz 'Space Ace' and I Cool  :



So after loading that Namco's piece of art in my car, it's time to eat together ... the 'official' Fish'n'Chips'n'Ghost'n'Goblin... coool  Shocked

...but It's already time to go back to home  Shocked

Once again Le Shuttle ...



after 13h30 of fun and ...915km on the road ( don't rembember how many under the sea ) ...

Home Sweet Home





We'are so tired, but I don't want to let that game in the car for the coming cold  night, so I unload it and ... put it in the NUNO's Lair  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



I would like to thanks Jason to help me to catch that cab'  Tongue

Rolling thunder is in my all time favorite  top 10 arcade game ever  Cool

Thanks for your nice welcome and also to your friend for helping us (sorry, I can't remember his name  confused  )

OK now StaY TuNeD for the 'indeep' examination of that new cab'  roll eyes  
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007, 08:03:08 AM »

cool, i read the post at mame univers ...

i dont really remember that game  confused

ok let me go to my MAME FILES  
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007, 02:19:51 PM »

Bruno,

Was great to see you and your wife again, you have rewarded yourself with a great Gameroom and Games with all your hard work and effort, you are a great example of determination and effort, yes it has been hard work for you, but in time you would have forgot about the effort and money spent...however your Gameroom/Games will always be there.

take care Buddy
Your UK Buddy
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007, 05:26:56 PM »

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cool, i read the post at mame univers ...

i dont really remember that game  confused

ok let me go to my MAME FILES  


Hey Fred, go & play it on Mame right now  Cheesy  Rolling Thunder is a great game... ENJOY IT NOW  lol  lol  lol
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007, 05:29:14 PM »

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Bruno,

Was great to see you and your wife again, you have rewarded yourself with a great Gameroom and Games with all your hard work and effort, you are a great example of determination and effort, yes it has been hard work for you, but in time you would have forgot about the effort and money spent...however your Gameroom/Games will always be there.

take care Buddy
Your UK Buddy
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Thanks Jas'

It's always a please to come at your place  Shocked I don't care about km to drive  Cool

Hope to meet you soon  
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2007, 06:00:37 PM »

OK, so here's the cab inside my lair :



The control panel... It looks good under a ton of dust :



...dust from UK ... woooaww ! Collector item  Tongue  Cheesy



The front looks good. The main door is open but I have no keys.  The coins door is closed  confused



The marquee is in great condition :



...the back :



The S/N of the game, located on the top of the cab...



...also carved here...



... and finally here, on the flyback of the monitor :



I'm now cleaning all the outside of the cab, even under the cab :



Have a look inside ... no dust... nice Tongue



The pcb looks very clean, and most of the chips are socketed
 Tongue  Great for fixing in case of problem  roll eyes



No more dust  Tongue



Before to plug the game, it need a little modification. Let's remove that UK plug ...



...and put a new one... for Belgium socket    :



Ok, I plug the game but ... no picture  confused  I can hear the game, but nothing on screen...  confused

OK, the plug from the monitor and the power supply wasn't fixed... easy fix  roll eyes  



Great  Tongue  It's working fine  Tongue  I've just to clean the controls because theey are not working very well, but it's working  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue



Ok, let's look closer the control panel overlay :









I remove all the controls, and I'll use this to clean as best as possible the overlay :



After the cleaning :









Better isn't it ?

StAy tunED  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007, 09:42:56 AM »

Such a pleasure to see such a beauty...  Tongue

arcadefever,
you don't know that game ?? go hurry to discover it...

I don't believe another game make me spend more money than this game

It may be quite awful, compared to shibobi, which is quite close in term of gameplay, but it has an unbelievable addiction power.
And imho, the evil guys lok like the goldorak characters, with their KKK-like masks...

/me going 2 shoot some giant bats and blank panthers

Bruno, you lucky bastard  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2007, 07:56:46 PM »

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It may be quite awful, compared to shibobi, which is quite close in term of gameplay, but it has an unbelievable addiction power.
And imho, the evil guys lok like the goldorak characters, with their KKK-like masks...

/me going 2 shoot some giant bats and blank panthers

Bruno, you lucky bastard  Cheesy


It's a really good description of the game  Tongue  It really looks like Shinobi, but 10 x better...  arrow  sound & music are better, bad characters looks like the Vega's soldier in goldorak  :



Next time  you'll come in the Nuno's Lair, I'll challenge you on that game, start your training now  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue   roll eyes  
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007, 08:03:12 PM »

OK, back to work...

Let's clean the controls...



...and the screws / parts of the original joystick...



up : water + soap

down : dust removing product



...now let's wait at least 24 hours ... Cool I  have nothing to do for that step

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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2007, 10:16:51 PM »

OK, no more dust, no more rust  Smiley



I'm fixing the controls like this :



While I was testing the controls, the monitor starts to go wrong  shock   Evil  Evil  Evil



... no more green ...  Sad

OK, I suppose a new CapKit will solve the problem... but .. I don't want to spend time on that, and this game DESERVES to have a *brand new* display isn't it ?

So let's remove the monitor :



...done :



... It did good work these 20 last years  



I just need to keep the frame. Before removing the componants, I discharge the tube like that :





...and there it is... -once again- ... a *brand new* TV  

Model :  Manhattan T 5106 MAV 19" ... 109  Tongue



*out of the box*



... 5 skrew l8ter...



the frame is ready :



I'm fixing a wood support for the TV platine :



REady  Tongue



Let's quickly build a PCB to SCART RGB adapter  Cool



Done  Tongue



...put back the the stuff  arrow



YEeeessss  Tongue  Great picture  Tongue



As you can see the picture has to be set... coz' it's a modern TV, there's no potentiometers on the platine so what...  confused

Fortunately, there is a technician code who allows me to enter in an hidden menu, where I can set everything  Shocked  Cheesy



...better isn't it ?



The display problem is now fixed  Tongue

But I get 2 new problems now  confused  :

- no more sound

- graphic problem on the title screen



to continue... of course  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2007, 08:17:09 AM »

Seems that the in game has some trouble too, look at your energy bar, it looks   not regulary full, but with vertical bar inside  it.
Maybe it's the same layer of graphic employed by the title screen which seems tho have exactly the same vertcal bar problem.
Not sure but it's maybe a corrupted eprom that gives you those anoying bars
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2007, 09:19:21 AM »

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Seems that the in game has some trouble too, look at your energy bar, it looks   not regulary full, but with vertical bar inside  it.
Maybe it's the same layer of graphic employed by the title screen which seems tho have exactly the same vertcal bar problem.
Not sure but it's maybe a corrupted eprom that gives you those anoying bars


Thanks Funkycochise, I didn't notice it yet.  I'm waiting for IC chip to fix the sound problem... and I'll try to have a new set of roms for that graphic corruption.

Fortunately, I'm waiting for a *fully working* Rolling Thunder pcb soon  Cheesy

Start to practise on that game for your next coming at the Nuno's Lair  lol  
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2007, 02:27:32 PM »

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Thanks Funkycochise, I didn't notice it yet.  I'm waiting for IC chip to fix the sound problem... and I'll try to have a new set of roms for that graphic corruption.

Fortunately, I'm waiting for a *fully working* Rolling Thunder pcb soon  Cheesy

Nice to hear you're gonna fix those troubles very soon.

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Start to practise on that game for your next coming at the Nuno's Lair  lol  

Be sure i'll be there  
I haven't so much time to practice, because of my WIP on my cocktail cab.
(wires soldering in progress)

But expect to find me in front of your door pretty soon as I'm gonna start working in Luxembourg next week...

See you soon, good luck with your pcb

Funky cochise aka Rolling master  Twisted
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2007, 05:24:13 PM »

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But expect to find me in front of your door pretty soon as I'm gonna start working in Luxembourg next week...


Great news  Shocked  Gimme all the details ( When, why, where,... ) by mail please  

See ya very soon then  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2007, 12:24:51 PM »

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But expect to find me in front of your door pretty soon as I'm gonna start working in Luxembourg next week...


Great news  Shocked  Gimme all the details ( When, why, where,... ) by mail please  

See ya very soon then  Cheesy


Sure mate, i'll send you detail thru mail via mame univers forum
in dragon's lair fan, PM are disabled  roll eyes
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