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by thegleek
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread
Replies: 110
Views: 7045

Re: TR BBQ XVI 8/10/19 - Official Thread

i'm in (with the wife too), reserve us a room at the Fish B&B! :)
by thegleek
Sat May 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

just brew it! wrote:
SOP for figuring out which boards had issues was to run a massage vibrator across the exposed edges of all of the boards while the system was running a test workload.


Hitachi?
by thegleek
Fri May 03, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

I noted that I would post why I didn't get as much done this weekend as I had planned. So I picked up another old game: Zaxxon. I won't go into the full storry, but suffice it to say that it was in horrible shape. Water damage is an understatement! It had a nasty lean just sitting in the garage. Th...
by thegleek
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Are you familiar with 3M DP270-Clear epoxy potting adhesive? The nail polish seems fine enough for these test runs, but once you work out the final coil design, it's likely to become brittle from heat over time. DP270 has an initial viscosity similar to thin syrup and remains slightly flexible afte...
by thegleek
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

This is hands down one of the coolest threads that has passed through here in ages. Tip of the hat to you SS, the work here is amazing. Definitely preserving a piece of history SS does a great job of presenting his hobby here with only 1 game. Imagine having a collection of 28 of these games. That'...
by thegleek
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

This is hands down one of the coolest threads that has passed through here in ages. Tip of the hat to you SS, the work here is amazing. Definitely preserving a piece of history SS does a great job of presenting his hobby here with only 1 game. Imagine having a collection of 28 of these games. That'...
by thegleek
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I have the best wife ever!!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2660

Re: I have the best wife ever!!!!

To be clear, I'm completely fine with what I paid for it, so by that definition I paid exactly what it was worth. Could I have found one cheaper, maybe. But, being able to drive 45 minutes, see and play the game, and bring it home and have it up an playing before dinner is definitely worth a lot to...
by thegleek
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I have the best wife ever!!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2660

Re: I have the best wife ever!!!!

We are getting a Data East "Secret Service". Well, assuming it lives up to the sellers description, that is what we are getting. --SS congratz on the pickup! you gave us full disclosure on the ms pac ($100) , but have not given us the same justice for this 1988 Data East Secret Service fi...
by thegleek
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Yeah, the electrical specs are similar enough. But, for about $3 worth of parts, and some time, I'm going to wind one that actually fits the chassis properly. Going to put my 3d printer to use and print the mounting hardware. :D you minds well go into business and start reproducing these! i'll buy ...
by thegleek
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Find me a 9A2795-003 width coil. None on that site. While 9A2838-003 is likely a compatible coil, electrically, it is not physically. I checked the original wire. Its 10/35 Litz. Ordered a spool of 16/36 as it is available and of similar cross section -- equivalent to 24AWG. --SS Ok so I guess I've...
by thegleek
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

Since original coils are unobtainium, I'm going to have to fabricate a replacement. At one time, I had a collection of scavenged parts, including every manner of inductor and coil. I did some internet scrounging last night and have sourced 1/4" straw coil forms and 1/4" ferrite tuning slu...
by thegleek
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

If all the above match, then you can just drop in the new tube. If everything but the coils match, then you have a decision to make. If the difference is small, maybe 10-20%, you might get away with it. You might also blow a horizontal drive transistor. Once you get too far out, you have to re-use ...
by thegleek
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

You can still buy CRT televisions on Amazon, so not OEM equipment, but you could probably substitute if necessary. FleaBay has several 19" CRTs available. it's not as cut-n-dry as you think. Just because arcade games use 19"monitor's doesn't mean you can drop and replace. Most common (90%...
by thegleek
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

SecretSquirrel wrote:
I'm not sure what is under the big black blob at 6H. I haven't pulled it off yet.


The blobs are typically Dallas NVRAM ic's to save high scores. Maybe this was an attempt at an early high-score kit?

I don't think the hack job on the main pcb was to bypass the daughter pcb.
by thegleek
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

SecretSquirrel wrote:
Don't suppose you have the combo Ms PacMan/Galaga, do you?
--SS

i did. the pcb only. i gave it away for free this 2018 xmas for my secret santa gift. oh well.
by thegleek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 161
Views: 11804

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

so cool! long time TR member, haven't post **** in years, cuz that's just the way life is. frobozz alerted me to this thread, and me being a huge arcade hobbyist, i'm here! nice find indeed secretsquirrel! over the past 5 years, I've amassed over 30 of these arcade refrigerators! :) i'll muster up s...
by thegleek
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598010

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Redocbew wrote:
I assumed that was the "devil's key" from the news blurb at the beginning of the video. Either way, it's a spooky bad thing sought after by spooky bad people so they can step up their game at being spooky and bad, I guess.


yay for evil people! i'd gladly accept that key!
by thegleek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598010

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Panic! at the Disco : Say Amen (Saturday Night) The official video is disturbing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVXauWq9Hwg the key she got from that dude at the end, does it matter? is it relevant? what does it open? otherwise, cool video, i guess. but furthest from being disturbing. violence is...
by thegleek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598010

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Topinio wrote:
NIN, Bad Witch, having just got home from the shops (like it's the 90s!)


worst NIN release ever. It's like a new genre called Industrial JAZZ. 0.5 out of 10 stars.
by thegleek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

gleek, let us know how the mouse and pad are after using them for a while. I am due for a mouse purchase and that combo may be the way I go. sure thing, flawless so far (hardware wise), the QI charging system works so wonderful. it changes the dark core rgb se mouse as desired and it also wirelessl...
by thegleek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Thanks again TR and Corsair! It was great to put some faces to people I've watched and interacted with for so long. Hope to make it next year if I can! yes, thanks to TR staff, Gigabyte, and Corsair! I walked away with their Dark Core RGB SE mouse and the mechanical wireless keyboard K63 for 2nd pl...
by thegleek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Oh, congratulations. What was it awarded for? Distance, or BBQ lifetime achievement? Not sure. I wasn't really paying attention at that point and suddenly found myself the recipient. Surprise! I'll leave it to the person that nominated you to reveal their identity should they so choose. :wink: hah!...
by thegleek
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

I’m bringing my White Fox with custom keycaps and several switch testers for keyboard nerds to check out. If you have interesting keyboards to bring, please do! I want to see a vintage Model M or F and a Topre board. :) not sure if a Mitsumi KKE-E99AC mechanical clicky AT 5-pin din wired keyboard w...
by thegleek
Fri May 25, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

BTW, the count on the bedrooms in the front cottage is as follows. There are three rooms with twin beds and one room with bunk beds. All of them are upstairs. zgirl gets one on Friday for sure. The Frobozzes have one booked for Saturday night. I think that's all I've committed so far, but let me kn...
by thegleek
Thu May 03, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 529323

Re: Gun prOn!

I'm hoping you lay off the Red Bull when you are down at the range... it's an important responsibility and one i don't eff around with. in the range, outside the range, etc... i have long ways to go with my aim. but i don't cheat and use scopes or lasers like the other noobs do: https://klovimg.com...
by thegleek
Thu May 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 529323

Re: Gun prOn!

Please tell me you bought this used? Its the older model without rails and I hope you didnt pay new prices........ :/ You live and learn. And i obviously don't know jack **** about guns! So yeah, the sig was purchased brand new. And sadly it doesn't have any fukcing rails - so i can't put any mods ...
by thegleek
Thu May 03, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598010

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

DancinJack wrote:
JBI - I was in this crowd....somewhere...having a beer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqheWBIK2Nw


i have no clue who this buckethead is. never heard of him in my life. oh well... probably not missing much! :)
by thegleek
Thu May 03, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gun prOn!
Replies: 3463
Views: 529323

Re: Gun prOn!

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by thegleek
Wed May 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 17527

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

hory ****. how did i miss this! haha frobozz just text'd me to remind me. i don't think i've logged into TR since last BBQ. That's how i roll sukkas... i'm 100% in, add +1 for the wife too. bam! https://klovimg.com/images/2018/05/02/watch_out_thegleek_is_coming.jpg https://klovimg.com/images/2018/05...
by thegleek
Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 179
Views: 43189

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!







merry x-mas TR!
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