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Post by AArdvark » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:42 pm

Quick update. Since I need an LED indicator for the hard drive and power on the PC I decided to use the number leds that came with the console set.


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I figure that I can wire them up to display 03, with zero being the power indicator and the 3 the hard drive light. The set HAS to have channel 03 displayed. It wouldn't be all retro without it.


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Post by RetroRomper » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:41 pm

What I've always found scary about you Aardvark, is that not only do you announce a project, but then you actually act on and finish it!

Great looking monitor and am looking forward to the finished result.

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Post by AArdvark » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:06 pm

I am deeply touched by that compliment, seriously. Everyone else I try to explain my projects to (at home) just looks at me and just rolls their eyes. "Oh no, what are you building now?" So any compliments / encouragement is really appreciated.

Update!

Wired up the control board to the PC. Took me all freaking day too. Not complaining, just took longer than anticipated.
'Borrowed' some multi-strand wire from work cause the solid wire Magnavox used kept breaking off at the solder joints.


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Post by AArdvark » Sun May 07, 2017 6:23 pm

Removed Windows off my retro game Magnavox machine and put Linux Mint as the OS. Also took apart the inner tower and bolted the mobo to an inside wall for a cleaner look. The Sata drive was iffy so I put in an old ribbon cable style HD ( I ferget what they're called) and removed half the memory. 8 gigs of ram is way too much for Commodore 64 and Atari 2600 games. Wasteful, I'll use it somewhere else. I've been playing PS2 on the thing while waiting for the OS to install. Good times, good times. Oh yeah, I glued black cover strips all around the monitor to fill in the flat panel screen. I put a test pattern as wallpaper cause it looks cool.


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Re: The next project

Post by AArdvark » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:59 pm

Ya know, sometimes these things fall right into your lap.

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Guy at work was trying to get better reception on his boombox with this. I offered him ten bucks but he wouldn't take it, he just gave it to me.

I think this is going to be my new basement wireless router

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Re: The next project

Post by Flack » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:24 pm

Man, that's a really cool idea.
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Re: The next project

Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:25 pm

So the first thing is to assess how it's going to fit together. A few screws and plastic snap tabs later and viola!

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Re: The next project

Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:26 pm

I must be getting an eye for these things because it's an almost perfect fit!
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Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:28 pm

Simply remove a couple screw tabs and carve out the back some and it drops right in. it's like they wanted me to do this when they built the antenna back in the early 80's.

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Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:32 pm

Little bit of electrical tape and hot glue to secure it...I was going to re-route the amber and blue LEDs but they are the super tiny board mounted type. Too much bother for a simple power light. I can rig something off the input power IF I ever get really excited.

(which means never)

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Re: The next project

Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:34 pm

Put the bottom cover back on and it's ready to go!
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Post by AArdvark » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:36 pm

And it fits right in. I should play some Barney Miller and Welcome Back Kotter episodes on Youtube for the full effect.

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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:45 pm

Good old Yar. I hope he gets his long-deserved revenge.
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Re: The next project

Post by Flack » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:45 pm

Haha, that's fantastic, 'Vark! I love those little one day projects that add a little bit of style to a room.

I'm tired of my only style being "cluttered". I'm really thinking about boxing up 90% of the stuff in this computer room and redoing everything.
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Re: The next project

Post by Jizaboz » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:07 am

Nice job!

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