Darwin 4078 get! Also, fixed some layout issues.

Last night I had a small shmupmeet at home and one of my guests presented me with a very nice gift - a Data East "Darwin 4078" PCB! He knew how I had longed to own this game, but it really never pops up for sale, so he gave me his board. Thanks a lot, Sticky! As I added this game to my list of vertical games, I noticed that somehow the page's layout has been messed up, so I fixed it. In other news, I'm almost done with the supergun I'm building, so I had it running all of last night so my guests could play horizontal games on my TV without me having to rotate my screens. It was quite a success, I'm happy to say. I'll do a write-up of my supergun buil when I'm 100% done with it along with a list of used components. BONUS! Here are a couple of Youtube videos from my shmupmeet last night: ...
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TAITO arcade stool refurbish

TAITO arcade stool refurbish

I got myself a pair of pretty sad looking TAITO arcade stools a couple of months ago but hadn't had time to get them looking good until now (currently on vacation). I took a photo of one when I got them, thinking the fabric was orange, but now in the process I actually noticed that these where red when they left the factory. :/ Japanese ass-sweat™ can do that I guess. Here's the picture: I then opened it in Photoshop and played around with the colour until I made my mind up to have a purple fabric to match my EGRET II's: At the start of this week, I began the work on removing as much rust as possible from the legs, but having removed the worst, I still have a bit to go, so to keep myself motivated to continue, I took a break from polishing and began re-upholstering the cushions today. (Before the steel-wool, sweaty workout on the left side, pretty awesome stuff) Left...
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360 Video settings – Mushihimesama HD

360 Video settings – Mushihimesama HD

I just updated my 360 Video settings page with Mushihimesama HD (scroll down to the bottom). I also noticed (with this game)that at least using the Ultracade Universal Video Converter, the backgrounds will wobble (tearing) terribly unless SMOOTHING is enabled. I don't know if you'll get the wobble if you use a native 480p (or higher) display, but you might give the SMOOTHNESS setting a try if you have issues. I wanted to add video settings for Under Defeat HD as well, but the 4:3 mode is currently in need of an update patch so I feel I want to wait and see what'll happen....
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SUZO 500 Rubber edition

SUZO 500 Rubber edition

I was browsing eBay and found a SUZO 500 that had gray plastic at the base instead of the red I normally find in arcade parts stores online. I know that joystick guru Kowal has mentioned that there used to exist an older revision of these sticks that had a rubber grommet doing all the shaft centering instead of that poor plastic pivot piece that's in use in the "red versions" with the hard springs. I contacted the seller and he informed me that this was indeed the rubber grommet version. I immediately bought one and it arrived a couple of days ago. I promptly installed it into one of my EGRET II cabinets, switching out a "red version" SUZO 500 with a custom shaft. The rubber version came with CHERRY microswitches that has a bit bigger connectors than the OMRON I had installed, so I just took the middle part (with the switches) from the spring SUZO and put it...
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I got me some SPARK!

I got me some SPARK!

Today I received a the latest offering from modern time alchemist, Toodles. Behold THE SPARK. This little piece of high-tech will turn your SANWA JLF into the equivalent of SANWA's long gone epic FLASH 1 optical joystick. I really wanted to test this properly (with some game I really know, like Ketsui) today, but due to some other hardware giving me a hard time (no TATE screens, PS360 start button not working), I only had the chance to test it with the XBLA port of SEGA's classic, Shinobi. The stick felt very nice, but I'm sure I'll be needing a much harder spring to really enjoy it. Also, my only JLF (I've never liked 'em that much) was rebuilt from a bunch of scrapped ones I had laying around the house, so not a prime candidate for a good test. The SPARK PCB however performed wonderfully, and the installation took about 10 minutes, most of that time went into removing an LS-32 from one of...
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Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Mounting a (pretty) SUZO 500 in an EGRET II

Updated 2010-05-02 (added a picture of the screw, extender and washer I use) Most EGRET II owners (or any Japanese cabinet owners) swear by their SANWA or Seimitsu sticks (I used to do that as well), but then I read someone @ the shmups forums write how awesome the SUZO 500 is for shmups, because of the extremely short throw and the lightning fast engage, so naturally I had to try them. The trouble is though, these sticks don't come with a threaded metal shaft that you can fit any ball top you want to with ease, like you might have grown accustomed to with your choice of quality Japanese sticks. Instead you get a pretty sad looking moulded shaft cover/ball top combo with a dust cover thrown into the mix as well. The SUZO 500 can be found in many popular part shops under a couple of different names: Ultimarc (Euro-stik) | Groovy Game Gear (Omni-Stik Basic) | Arcadeshop.de (Multi-way Joystick) As you can...
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Easy EGRET II speaker upgrade

Easy EGRET II speaker upgrade

EASY EGRET II SPEAKER UPGRADE How to put a 2.1 speaker system into an EGRET II with or without intrusive measures. Very easy to do as long as you know how to do it and what you'll need. Speaker choice After a whole-heartily recommendation (i.e. "these are cheap, mate") I went with the Logitech s220 as they are at an extremely good value. Pros: The smaller speaker will fit in the originals place by a slight wedge-in manoeuvre The bass is "just right" and is small, so it fits very well behind the coin box The little wired remote has volume control and a speaker muting phones outlet Very competitive price Cons: Doesn't have bass adjustment on the remote Doesn't fill the hole made for speakers in the cabinet completely, but that's easily solved with some pieces of cardboard Parts needed (to keep JAMMA compatibility) If you plan on keep running your JAMMA PCBs in your cabinet and not only stereo, line-output systems such as CPS2, NAOMI, a PC or...
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