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« on: April 08, 2005, 09:15:19 AM »


7th april 2005 :

It's start like my previous road trip ( Quest for Gauntlet Legends  roll eyes  ), with my personal 'loader man' called Charlyx and his famous 'Citroen Berligot' car :

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Thanks to him for beeing so nice and quick on this story  

So we start to drive for a HUGE road trip ( about 10 km  to go ...  roll eyes )



At location, Steph -the salesman & most important a friend on mine- helps Charlyx to load the new toy inside the car :



Am I dreaming ? No it's now loaded in the car...



Oppss, I'm not sure that Steph will let me go with the Tron... He still has his  hand on it and seems to think : "What the F@#% I'm doing  oppps  ..."

oppps

 Twisted  Am i dreaming ? No, the TRON is really ready to go with me ...



Steph now give me the symbolic coin of 20 belgium franc, who allows me to play the game ( the coin door is set for old belgium coin... not used anymore ... now we use €uro Cool  )



So we're starting to leave, and Steph watch me go away with his baby...
Please Steph, promise to me that we'll be still friend                    



Well, it's time to bring it back home... and we've 10 minutes to drive  roll eyes



I'm so happy, of course  Tongue



There it is : my home, and the TRON is really here :



Oh my god, the only free location for the cab is ... on the first floor  confused
Look at us, before to fight the staircases  Cool



Fortunately, I'm not under the cab... and Charlyx has strong enough...



Ok, that cab is not so heavy, so it's ok but...



... I'm not smiling anymore roll eyes



A last effort...



... et voilà !!!   Tongue


The TRON is now in location !!! My got we've done it   Twisted


The job is done, thanks to Charlyx  for help me to bring back and carry my new toy  Tongue  You really deserve a good Belgium beer ( I'm still with my Coke Light... )      
Thanks also to my friend -the seller- Steph  ! You rule !!!

opssss, we're not  with the right cabinet roll eyes
 Tongue    

...to be continue...
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2005, 02:47:21 PM »

Man that looks good.  You don't have a long way to go with that Tron.  I posted a link to your site on my Tron blog as well.  Good luck!

http://home.earthlink.net/~rescuetron/

RescueTron@Earthlink.net
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2005, 08:19:30 PM »

Quote from: "1hookedspacecadet"
Man that looks good.  You don't have a long way to go with that Tron.  I posted a link to your site on my Tron blog as well.  Good luck!

http://home.earthlink.net/~rescuetron/

RescueTron@Earthlink.net


Thanks to add my project on your website.
By the way, all the information from your website will  help me to fully restore my Tron cab  Tongue

Thanks again  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2005, 08:41:15 PM »

8th of april 2005 :

Start to clean up the monitor, bezel & control panel  confused

Here's the cab... dirty  roll eyes



A view of the 'precious' CPU laser beam background artwork, in a very nice condition  Tongue
Tongue

Ok, I'm starting the clean up process with the monitor ...
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... and next the control panel :
:

On the top left, the overlay has some dirty spots that I can't remove actually... I'm using some classic multi-usage cleaner, and I need something stronger  confused  Any idea to remove  them ?
You can also see some cracks in the CPO all along the edge...

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Same diry spots on the top right. The most damaged part of this cab is the Cab' interior right, there are missing paint artwork... and you can see directly the wood... confused


OK, here's the complete view of the control panel, after cleaning :


Now, it look better, isn't it  Tongue



... to be continue...
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2005, 09:10:58 PM »

9th of april 2005

... still in the clean up process.

Today, I'll clean up one of the most important Tron's item : the MCP cone background artwork


here's the MCP sheet before operation :



the back side:



I'm just using some paper napkins with a little water, very carefully ... and voilà  :



...looks good now  



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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2005, 09:17:25 PM »

10th of april

Well, it's time to plug the game ...at least  

The first Tron boot shows me the horizontal & vertical line, like a test mode...  

Ok, I power off / on the game and it start correctly  

Here's few pictures when playing the game :















Some graphics are missing, and there is some sound problem... While some music plays, there is some sounds missing  The music -well know- sounds strange ...

Worst, after something like one minute, the picture starts to shrink, roll, ...  Check the video problem to see what's happen

 :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  http://www.dragonslairfans.com/forforum/tron-monitor.avi

Any idea about this problem ?

... end of line for now...
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2005, 09:20:25 PM »

ZX81 Posted :
 Posted: 11 Apr 2005 09:53 pm    Post subject:

 
To Play this game u need the right Costume.
Have a look Here http://www.tronguy.net/TRONcostume/

if u wanna order take one for me too   Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2005, 09:22:07 PM »

Hi ZX81, and welcome aboard  

Glad to read you here  

As you can see, this Tron Cab is still in good hands ... Feel free to come when you want to play it  

The TRON curstom on your link is amazing ! I 'll order two of course  

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2005, 09:34:41 PM »

11th of april

Well, the monitor seems to have a vertical amplificator problem... or maybe another things ... huh well, any I decide to clean what I can do   roll eyes

So I 'll remove the monitor to clean it up...



Here's the parts removed to access to the monitor :



... and there it is :



That's now the most thrilling part... I don't use to handle monitors, especially naked like that... But I have too     Evil

...It is now safe on the desk, ouf   shock



Never handle a monitor when you're alone... it can be very dangerous  ... opssss, you certainly already know it !!!



Date is december 82 ... my god, I was nine year olds   confused  roll eyes



Ok, now that the monitor is out of the cab, it'll be easy to clean it up a little with air spray and other electronic cleaners...



A view from inside the cab...

...Unfortunately the monitor, after the cleaning process has still a display problem   oppps  :x  oppps  :x  confused
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2005, 09:45:46 PM »

12th of april

For my monitor problem, I got a great idea  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

 arrow  Bring it to my brother, who is a TV reparator  Tongue  Yeah, it helps isn't it  roll eyes  

Ok, So I load the monitor into my car :



My next car will be a truck or a pick up.... well something like that  Twisted

This Tron cabinet was made for europe [ 220V ], but the monitor is made for US [ 110V ], so my bros need to have the original tron transfo to test & repair the monitor  confused

... another car trip to bring him the Tron transfo :



... Now I waiting for the fix  roll eyes    ...

End of line for today  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2005, 09:38:16 PM »

15th of  april

Here's my first Tron GoOdIeS  Cool  lol

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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2005, 08:13:10 PM »

25th of april :

Just receive anHAPP/MIDWAY coin door look (N.O.S.), to replace the original one because I don't have the key  confused

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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2005, 10:35:29 PM »

27th of december 2005

Ok, I've got anoter monitor, but no luck the pcb doesn't seems to work anymore  confused

Well, I'll replace all the game roms, with a brand new set :



Old roms  :



New roms :



... but still the same error messages  :x


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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2006, 12:29:43 AM »

OK, at this point I'm still not able to make work the orginal PCB;, so I'll send it to repair in an arcade shop  confused

But while this time; I don't want to have a non playable cabinet, so I'll use mame to emulate the Tron PCB, and only that game  Cool

I want to keep the orginal hardware, so the major problem is the spinner.

 :idea: I'll use the optical board of my SlikStik Tornado spinner  :idea:



... removing all the parts...



...cross the fingers... Let's see if the SlikStick hardware works with the old Miday's wheel...

 roll eyes



YYYeeehhhaaawww  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue It's working, so let's fix the optical board to the Midway hardware...



So, do you prefere to see an non working cab, waiting years to be fully restored, or see & play THIS   Cool  Cool  Cool  Cool  :









And now, check out this VIDEO ...  roll eyes  arrow  arrow  arrow

http://www.dragonslairfans.com/tron/TronAlive.wmv
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2008, 07:11:56 PM »

Sorry to bring up this old thread, but I have two questions:

1) Did you fix the Hantarex? Since I have two myself, I'm interested to know what was wrong with it.

2) Why did you replace the ROMs when you had a RAM error?
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