Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tomy TV-Fun 602 TV Game // トミー TV FUN 602 テレビゲーム

After about 15 years...i finally got one of the most unknown Japanese Pong console ever: the Tomy TV-Fun model 602! And as Fall starts today, i have received this rare game console as it was the last game console/system i was truly looking for, but sadly, i am not enjoying it as i should be as my father passed away 4 days ago so sorry if i'm not jumping and screaming like a little kid who received the best toy. But this TV Game will be forever in my mind (last console / father passed away).

So without waiting, here's some pictures i just took:

And here's the "guts" or teardown of this console:

And here's the infamous game chip, photographed for the first time!

And now, here's some screenshot of the 3 games:

 RF connected..ARGH! But at least i know it works.

 5 minutes later, 1st attempt to plug by video input...Booya!

 So easy to modify to "Video Output", just connect a wire to Pin #17 (it is the 
Composite Video output on the MSL9320).

Clear image, way better than RF!

 The "Squash" game.

The "Tennis" game (duh!).

And the final one, the "Hockey" game.

So that's it for now folks. The next post will be videos of this rare gem! Until next! 

Death in the family...

Last Sunday (September 17, 2017) my father passed away at the age of 75 of leukemia. He was
diagnosed with this cancer only in April and after 5 months, he his now in a better world.
As i would say, it's not a farewell but only a "next time" as we all must go one day.

So to my father, see you next time and until then, i'll miss you so much! :(

--- Sly "in mourning" DC ---

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Reply to Dennys Marques Ferreira (for Entex/Epoch)

Dennys wrote (January 07, 2017):

Incrível, mas eu gostaria de saber qual é o título da janela, para poder usar em frontends.

Translation: Amazing, but I'd like to know what the window title is, so I can use it in frontends.

My reply in Portuguese:Olá Dennis, basta pressionar "F1" e você verá o título do simulador, o mesmo que todos os outros simuladores que eu tenho e vou fazer. A resolução padrão para qualquer simulador é 800x600 no modo de janela, mas pode mudar para qualquer resolução pressionando "F7" ou "F8". =)

In English: Hello Dennis, just press "F1" and you will see the title of the simulator, same as all other simulators i have and will done. The default resolution for any simulators is 800x600 in Window mode but can change to any resolution by pressing "F7" or "F8". =)

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Entex Gameroom Tele-Pong & Epoch Electrotennis all-in-1 Sim

Hi folks!

As i promised to Miguel Simón, i just made a new version of the Epoch Electrotennis and since the Entex is a clone of this console, i've combined both previous simulators into one. The intro boot screen for both previous sims are now gone so when you start a game, it is in "pause" mode so this gives time to players to be ready before starting a game.

The new sim also boots-up in full screen mode and a new addition is that you can now choose the resolution you want but still depending on the TV or Video Card which resolution it can displays. Please do read the text file which is inside the RAR file.

You can donwload this new version (0.10.1) in the "Simulators" section of the right-side of this blog. Hope you'll like it! =)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Xmas!!

Just wanted to say to all: have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! =)

--- Sly DC ---

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A/V modding a Magnavox Odyssey 400 (and also 100, 200 & 500)

Audio/Video (A/V) modding vintage game console can be easy to hard depending on how the video signal is processed, and for audio, it's usually very easy.

Today is how to make an A/V output from a Magnavox Odyssey 400 (and this also can be done on any Odyssey 100, 200 and 500) as this (and the others Odyssey) is very easy to mod as you don't need any electronic components, just a simple A/V cable (and a soldering iron, etc..).

First, you need to open up the console by turning the only screw in the back and after the back panel removed, you should see this:

After that, remove the cardboard so it's easier to solder the wires.

Ok, now find the inscription: "COMP. VIDEO" (it's near the RF section and channel select switch)

Once you found the "COMP. VIDEO" trace (see yellow line), you can solder a video cable on any of the solder on the (yellow) line and solder the ground cable on the RF shield. (i myself solder the video cable on the last solder point and soldered the ground next to the last solder point - see next 3 pictures). Oh and don't forget to cut the RF cable!

And now for the Audio part, find the PIEZO speaker (upper left - up to the SOUND ON/OFF Switch) and solder the audio cable where the "engraved A (note that it's not there originally)" and the ground beside it - see next 3 pictures):

By soldering to this specific solder point, you can either use the audio out or both audio out and piezo speaker. I put the sound switch to OFF and by doing this, the piezo doesn't "chirp" and the audio out makes a "thund" sound. Now it's up to you if you only want to hear a "thund" sound only or "thund & chirp" sounds (OR...only chirp sound if you unplug the audio out cable).

Now before closing everything up, test your mod and you should get a clean picture (on the TV) like this:

Voila! So now your Odyssey 400 (or 100, 200 or 500) is ready to be played on any recent TV's!

PLEASE NOTE: I'm not responsible to any damage that you may inflict or cause on any game console you (or someone else) by trying to modify, use these information at your own risk.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tandy/Memorex VIS MD-2500 - M.A.M.E. style!

Yep, the VIS is finally emulated in MAME 0.180 and the driver was made by "Carl". OK it's not 100% emulated but at last it's already has a good start as i tried 2-3 ISOs with it and they all worked, even my hack called "VISguard" works nicelly.

And here's a screenshot of the VIS booting screen:

Cool to see this game system finally emulated after some years! Two thumbs up for Carl and everybody who works on all these drivers for MAME! =)

And just in time too as i sold my Tandy VIS to a fellow Canadian collector 2 weeks ago. Oh and i will upload the "VISguard" hack soon if anyone wants to try it out.

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Dennys Marques Ferreira posted this message on November 20, 2016:

Ok já enviei seu email para ele espero ansioso pelo primeiro emulador de Telstar Combat!

(In English:  Ok I already sent your email to him I look forward to the first Telstar Combat emulator!)

My reply/Minha resposta: Muito obrigado Dennis, mas tem sido cerca de 3 semanas agora e ainda eu não recebi nenhum e-mail de James, talvez ele está muito ocupado.

English: Thanks very much Dennis but it's been about 3 weeks now and still i did not received any email from James, maybe he is very busy. 

EOF (for today) ;)