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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2011, 02:35:30 PM »

Atari Dragonslair/Space Ace. Easy.

 Yes ...ATARI Euro Dragon's Lair  Wink

Muerto, your pictures doesn't show the Atari Dragon's Lair version, which is different than the US Cinematronic one  Wink

Atari Dragonslair/Space Ace. Easy.
Yeah that's what I said in the first place. A laser game...and I meant a DL/SA cab. Maybe it's from a certain make like Sidam or Atari ? But Bruno said it wasn't one, right ?

You were on the right track, but you didn't mention DL or even SA  Roll Eyes ... and there are more than two laser games released  Tongue

Full story & pic to come  Cool
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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2011, 04:19:43 PM »

Before entering the 'house' (because at this point, Nuno's Lair V1 & V2 are full, and the V3 is not finished), let's see for where this cabinet is coming from  arrow



That cabinet comes from the south of the France : Toulouse.

At this point, I would like to thanks 'Le Toulousain' (seller of this cabinet) but also Patrice from www.starcab.net who organized together the shipping  Kiss

Let's make enter the beast now...


You can already spot the damaged corner on the bottom of the left side.


Same problem on the right side.

Now standing ...in the kitchen  Grin ... let's size the WAF  Roll Eyes  Grin  arrow


Come on... it's just one more game... OK, but there's already a too long waiting line in the living room  Twisted  oppps  arrow


OK, let's see if it's the cab' I'm waiting for... YES  Kiss  arrow


Let's continue to unpack...


Yes!!! It's a lovely Atari Euro Dragon's Lair cabinet, very hard to find nowadays! Most of them were destroyed by the operators, unable to repair the laser disc related problems  Undecided

...yes, like you... I see ... the control panel  oppps oppps oppps  arrow


Here's the "why and how", from the seller himself  :

When I was a kid, there was a game located in a game room in the city's port of "La Rochelle" in France, and each time I went, it was for playing that game ...and nothing else!  What a picture/video quality, American voice during attract mode, extraordinary for me ...
I had bought in Tours, from a guy who had a game company and game room. I was looking for a very long time but it was the only one who remained in France, I went around by telephone across the country for months, and the operators all throw away or burn their Dragon's Lair cabinet, which did not work anymore! This one was in original condition, but the laser disc wasn't working, so the operator had to throw the laser disc player. So I bring up that cabinet in my van to Auch (Gers prefecture)... already a Road Trip at the time  Wink
The laser disc no longer available, and Internet was not developed like today, I thought I was alone in the world with my Dragon's Lair cabinet Embarrassed. So I've used a PlayStation and put buttons without asking me too many questions  oppps , but I'd say I did not touch anything else in case... Today with computer hard drives, or full of something else, and the net, I could have it back on, but at the time in 2000...
Since I'm an electrician, I did it with what I had, and I did not know you could fix it, the guy would have destroyed him if no one had taken, I am sure.
I also had to buy a batch laser disc players (15 units for approx 75), hoping that there have one that works but they were all out of order! Later, thanks to Internet, I found the Dragon's Lair 2 in UK in working condition...
So, now it is yours, and you can after its renovation, to share the fun at shows, to show that in 1983 (not so long time ago), many young people have been "traumatized" by what they seen! ! ! ! and their life changed, isn't it  Roll Eyes Grin


Well, I forgive you  Wink  (who knows what we would have done 11 years ago, without any information or help?  Roll Eyes) ... even if this panel will give me a lot of work to restore  Twisted
Thanks again for that smooth transaction  Kiss

As you know, I already have an Atari Dragon's Lair, up & running with the original board and Sony Laser Disc player (with the fabulous Euro DL Interface by Matteo).
So my idea with that new one is to keep the original boards/parts (dunno if it work or not by the way?), as spare for my first one, and restore that one with a Euro DL Daphne setup.
I'll plug the original Dragon's Lair for special occasions or true arcade fans, and the other one (under daphne setup) will be used for exhibition and can be plugged hours & hours in ...my ... (let's say for now) "Museum" to come  Roll Eyes Tongue (I can guarantee that cabinet won't be alone, "Le Toulousain"  Wink)

Stay tuned for the complete analyze of this cab, before the start of the 'work'  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2011, 04:29:21 PM »

Niiiiiiice!
+ I always love to read the (often adventurous) lifestory of the cabs.
Congrats again Nuno Exclamation
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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2011, 04:37:19 PM »

You were on the right track, but you didn't mention DL or even SA  Roll Eyes ... and there are more than two laser games released  Tongue


Not fair Bruno, it was TOO obvious that it would have to be one of these.....it could hardly be a Mad Dog Wink

I also noticed that the cab was too high to be Nintendo and the corner on the front was too low.... Wink

Now get her ready for Eurocade !  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2011, 04:50:00 PM »

....it could hardly be a Mad Dog Wink

You really should check how many laser disc games released, and you'll be surprised  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2011, 06:47:26 PM »

I'll plug the original Dragon's Lair for special occasions or true arcade fans, and the other one (under daphne setup) will be used for exhibition and can be plugged hours & hours in ...my ... (let's say for now) "Museum" to come  Roll Eyes Tongue (I can guarantee that cabinet won't be alone, "Le Toulousain"  Wink)

Congrats on the catch!
But wait until Matt's new interface will be fully developed and then you will be able to let the game on for hours and hours even with the original HW. No more LD players needed. Check out the WIP here.

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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2011, 06:50:59 PM »

I'll plug the original Dragon's Lair for special occasions or true arcade fans, and the other one (under daphne setup) will be used for exhibition and can be plugged hours & hours in ...my ... (let's say for now) "Museum" to come  Roll Eyes Tongue (I can guarantee that cabinet won't be alone, "Le Toulousain"  Wink)

Congrats on the catch!
But wait until Matt's new interface will be fully developed and then you will be able to let the game on for hours and hours even with the original HW. No more LD players needed. Check out the WIP here.

Matteo


Woow! Thanks Matteo for the update on that  Kiss Kiss Kiss

Sure I'll try that way ! Hell Yeah!
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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2011, 06:58:31 PM »

I guess that's a fully solid-state replacement for the laserdisc info....mmm, interesting ! However, boooohhh, we want original crappy hardware ! Wink

No kidding, this would be a brilliant product for those machines ! To be released from the unreliable LD players has to be a dream for collectors of these machines !
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2011, 07:10:06 PM »

nice catch, bruno, although i like the other cabinet's version much more. those buttons on the control panel are "not my type" (mildly put)!
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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2011, 09:54:41 PM »

those buttons on the control panel are "not my type" (mildly put)!

I guess they were installed to make the Playstation work....

Otherwise: nice catch!
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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2011, 10:17:43 PM »

Looks really nice, can't wait for the cp restoration report. Grin
Congrats Bruno!
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« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2011, 10:30:13 PM »

Sure nice indeed !

but like everyone says , that CP need those playstation buttons removed and restored

its in good hands now ...  Wink
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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2011, 06:45:47 PM »

Thanks Muerto, You are great! I find this pics long time ago.
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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2011, 09:15:13 AM »

First, its identity  arrow



SN 132665, impossible to miss it, it's written on every components as you'll see.

Now let's check what's inside that box  Cool





SN on monitor...



The power 'brick' :



...and the Audio II / Regulator...



...to be tested on my other Dragon's Lair cab' ...



...so the main board :







The ROM version :



Anyone know them?  arrow



Maybe I should call them? Hello, do you still repair or provide Dragon's Lair stuff?  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2011, 10:16:29 AM »

It's always fun to find old adresses from back in the day in/on cabs. It gives them character !

I also like the "EUROLAIR" rom names.....nice name for a meet or gameroom.... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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