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« on: August 02, 2007, 07:21:23 PM »



PART 1 : It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock'n'roll) !

Sorry but ...because my major sponsor sends me more & more stuff, I've to display them for each roadtrip... That's the deal, so here we go :



Run to the hills ... run for your liiiffe... here's the deal... 600km to drive... If I wanna rock'n'roll  Tongue



Today, it's the 27th of June, and it's 5:23 in the morning :



... I always need that picture for statistics  roll eyes    ...



The 'tools' of the day... The ususal Nuno's car... and a trailer... It's the first time I'll get a trailer in UK by the way  confused
Of course my wife is with me   Tongue



...going to UK is common now  roll eyes  roll eyes  roll eyes  ... Belgium... France ...
 


...and we arrive at Calais... in order to pick up the Euro Tunnel... once more  lol



"Euro Tunnel", official Nuno's roadtrip partner since blablabla  lol



And here we are... on the UK version of the 'Road 66'... the terrific M20 Twisted   arrow



Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don't need reason, don't need rhyme
Ain't nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there too

I'm on the highway to hell

No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody's gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody's gonna mess me round
Hey Satan, paid my dues
Playing in a rocking band
Hey Momma, look at me
I'm on my way to the promised land

I'm on the highway to hell
(Don't stop me)


 Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted 


This time, it's over London (by the north)... and we have to pass a huge bridge (can't remember its name oppps ) :



... have a look at the height of this truck...  shock  shock  shock  Impressive !!!



...still impressive too ...driving on the left...  shock  Cool



Ok, we arrive a the meeting point : the seller's house.
He are a little bit early, so let's check where to eat, and close to here of course  Smiley

Holy Jesus  Cheesy  A Burger King at 12.4 km  shock  Cool



Goooo for it !!! ( note for people : There are not Burger King in Belgium... so that is the reason why I'm looking for it in other coutries  oppps  Don't blame me pleaaassseee  roll eyes  )

...and I'm happy... I'm feeling fine...  Cool  Cool  Cool  ... in a parking ...



...and finally... one hour later... we are back... the seller is now there... and here's the beast, who was waiting for me  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted



KONAMI's GUITAR FREAKS !!!

 Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

PART II : Start Me Up  ! Start Me Up

I'm a rock guitar player in the real life, so I guess I can handle that toy/guitar... but I can't  oppps  So the seller'son show me how to play  lol



Ok, let's check the cab. Everything looks fine, exept a bad contact on the guitar #1, and one of the two speakers sounds a little bit 'fuzzy'... nevermind, It should not be a problem to repair I think...

Well, regarding the size of that game, I wasn't sure if It could be loaded into the car ... and so that's the reason why I got the trailer ... and hopefully...



... don't even think about it ...



Let's bring the trailer, and be ready to 'drop' that Konami's beast into it  Shocked



It was quite easy to lay down the cab...because at no time we had to really carry the game... thanks to the 4 wheels under it  Cool

Great, the package is ready... it's time to pay for that toy ... still the worst part of the story  confused



Did you notice the red arrow ? At that time I lost something...

...

MY WEDDING RING !!!!  shock  shock  shock

...


Of course, I didn't know I was losing it at that moment  confused

Reminder : Never remove a wedding ring and put in a pocket !!!

Time to say goodbye to these three very nice  guys, and go back to home...

...after something like 20 minutes of driving, I notice that I didn"t have my wedding ring around my finger anymore !!!!
I say to my wife :"Don't worry, I'll call the seller, ask him to found it for you... and send it back via mail to Belgium"

NNNooooo Waaayyyyyyyyyy she says  Twisted  Twisted  Twisted  Make a U-Turn... you must find it now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, so we go back to the seller... and hopefully, after 5 minutes of research on the floor... I found it  Shocked  I was very lucky... because it was in a middle of 1.000.000 small stones  (check once again the last picture)shock



MMYYY PREEEECCCCCCIIIIOOOOOOOOOOUUUSSSS  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

That 'ring story' costs us more than one hour... we are now a little bit late  confused  ...the way of home now...

Go back on the bridge ...



...very impressive isn"t it ?



...and very long too ...



... and of course, not free !



Ok, we are now at Folkestone... just 20 meters to go before entering 'Le Shuttle' ... we are waiting for that bus who has some problems to enter in ...



See the blue van, and the woman... For some reasons, the blue van starts to make a revese gear... and... drive on that poor woman  :x  :x  :x 

Hopefully the van were at a low speed, but the driver didn't notice the woman... and she was screaming....  shock
I immidialty start to hoot like a crazy, and ... the blue van's driver stop immidialty !

Thanks my Lord, that girl wasn't too injuried... but she was very shocked of course !!!!



A lot of people came... security .... and of course, they stop the eurotunnel traffic almost one hour ! Can't you imagine ?!

Ok, so after one hour, we can enter into the train  arrow



We were a little bit tired, after showing that accident, I can assure you that we were fully awake now confused

Ok, after 100km 'under the sea', we are now in France... but we have to stop because the tarpaulin is starting to fly on the trailer... very dangerous when you're driving of course shock  ... hopefully, my wife has the correct 'tool'  arrow



... overview ... it's more safe now 



...on the road again ... again ... now arriving in Belgium  arrow



One more cab stolen from UK !!!  Tongue

Opsss.. it's late ...



...by the way, Where do I will put that cab  shock  ? I've no free place at the moment...  shock  ... Let's call Freddy (See the Galaxian 3 Theater roadtrip  roll eyes  )

As you can imagine, he's starting to be angry on me !!!! He has to remove his caravan  shock  It's so late !!! He gonna hate me for real  Cool



Ok, it"s now safe... I promise to Freddy and to my Mom that I'll remove the game asap  roll eyes 



...and 45 minutes later, we are finally at home  Cool

Ok, now the usual pictures  Smiley  :





...few days later, I bring the game at home...



...and because I've no more room inside the Nuno's Lair, the only issue is to put the game directly into our house  confused

Because that game is REALLY heavy, I need some help  roll eyes  We must be at least 4 guys to carry the game  Shocked

Thanks to Hervé, Pat & Alain for the help  Cheesy

After a long trip and many stories... that Guitar Freaks is now safe  Tongue

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Stay TuNeD for the 'in deep analyse  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007, 10:19:54 PM »

okay, lets see a picture of you and your wife lift that mammoth machine onto the trailer!!  Tongue  Tongue  impressive stuff indeed, sir, and a rather new game too to your collection. it must have cost an arm & leg. cant wait to see the next part of the adventure.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2007, 07:17:42 PM »

Quote from: "vib_ribbon"
okay, lets see a picture of you and your wife lift that mammoth machine onto the trailer!!  Tongue  Tongue  impressive stuff indeed, sir, and a rather new game too to your collection. it must have cost an arm & leg. cant wait to see the next part of the adventure.


Nope, It's was easy to put that game on the trailer... but ...yes... very difficult to unload it  confused

Check all the storyn ow, the part II is now available  roll eyes  
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 11:58:31 AM »

Nice machine. Can't wait to have a go.
Hope the repairs will be as easy as you expect them to be.
Due to the size of this one (not to mention the size of Galaxian Theatre) I'll bet Nuno's Lair V2 will be visble from The Netherlands.

Great cab.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007, 10:39:17 PM »

you know, it was an easier solution !!!
the game exist on ps2 "guitar hero"



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nice road trip, as usual !!!! i love that game. the music rock !!!! Twisted

btw --- will be  a song of METALLICA on guitar hero 3    shock  "one"

yheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Cool
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007, 05:26:03 AM »

Nice score! Say, how does that work with customs? You're always taking road trips to other countries, do you have to stop and pay a duty?
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 11:39:31 AM »

Found this in wiki, as you can see we're lucky: no customs.

Customs Control
Most of the members of Schengen are also members of the EU, between which customs controls have also been abolished, leaving no checks at all at the borders. On borders between two Schengen members where one is a non-EU country, customs checks remain. Between two EU members where one is non-Schengen (for example France and the UK), there are identity (passport) checks but no customs checks.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007, 09:22:55 PM »

Quote from: "Havok"
Nice score! Say, how does that work with customs? You're always taking road trips to other countries, do you have to stop and pay a duty?


Thanks Havok  Shocked

Because it's most of the time very old games, customs don't care about them  Cool
I'm not sure what happens if it was modern gambling machines  confused:  :idea:
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007, 09:08:48 AM »

Most of the time you won't have any problems with the English customs, they're pretty correct as long as you aren't transporting big amounts of alcohols and tabacos or foodstuff. And ofcourse if you're passing with new stuff make sure you'll have the correct papers on you. And for the rest be nice, kind and helpfull, it will be much appreciated, but I guess that will be the case wherever you'll go.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2008, 05:02:35 PM »

Back on this  Cool

During the last test done in July 2007 ( oppps)... the game didn't power on. One of the three power suppled looked bad...





...and I Left that project for other ones on my top list...

So, one year and half later, let's go back on this one  Grin   arrow





A first box/cage that seems to be the sound amplifier  arrow



Here's the main Konami board  arrow



The protection dongle :



An other view of the main 'board'  arrow



Ok, so I'll replace the *dead* power supply with this one (a Peter Chou) :



Don't pay attention to that 'dirty' wiring  oppps It's just to test with the new power supply  Wink  arrow



Yess  Smiley Kiss The game boots... I can hear it but I can't see anything on screen  Embarrassed I pull off/on the wires in the back of the monitor + other wires and  arrow



Yes... it works... but time to time the picture goes away for a micro second... I think I still have a bad contact somewhere around the monitor  confused



OK, let's put the new power supply in a right place and clean all that mess... it looks better now :



At least the game is playable  Kiss Kiss Kiss  arrow





But :

- The guitar #1 doesn't work all the time. I'll check all the connections
- The left HP gives me some bad noises during the games. I'll check all the audio connectors
- The worst problem : time to time the picture goes away for a micro second. Probably a false contact somewhere...
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2009, 07:54:33 PM »

Back on this  Cool

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- The worst problem : time to time the picture goes away for a micro second. Probably a false contact somewhere...

One step backwards ... the original monitor is now *dead*  Ghost



It's a Polo 28"  arrow



I'll have to replace it... Let's remove it.

Hey, what's that ? what behind?



HP of course  Cool ... acoustic reasons?



Ok, the monitor is removed :



Here it is :



Now I'll have to replace it... and at this point, I can tell you I'm very lucky  Roll Eyes Tongue

Yes, because of this  arrow



It's the last 'old' CRT TV I own... I have it since 8 years... and I didn't know what to do with it?... because the size is not right for all my old cabinets... 28" is just big! ... but not for the Guitar Freaks cab'  *PERFECT MATCH*  Grin



I'll use of course the SCART connector in order to input the native RGB signals from the Konami's board.
 
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2009, 08:12:41 PM »


Hey, what's that ? what behind?





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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2009, 08:26:59 PM »

After checking once again...




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well, you're right vib_ribbon  shock Cool  I've just find this  Shocked  arrow






Impossible !!! How the hell the customs officers didn't find it?




Let's check what's inside these bags  Roll Eyes arrow










...Mhhh very strange... let's taste this ?  Roll Eyes Tongue  arrow











Hey... I don't know how... but my Guitar Freaks is working again  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  arrow











...and I'm playing guitar better than Eric Clapton, check this out  arrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrt6H1lDPR4  Cheesy



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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2009, 08:28:20 PM »

bruno, you should contact your dealer eh seller about that!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2009, 08:57:25 PM »

Ha Ha

Hey bruno

are you sure your actual job is the one you told us, right?

Mav

I hope it is a joke otherwise I think our man soon or later will be famous at the custom office in Uk
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