First of all, let me thank everyone that took a chance on my new project releases and helped my test them. Special thanks for the people out there (you know who you are) that reported back with feedback and provided suggestions on how to improve things.
The last few months were pretty exciting getting folks out there to put my stuff through the paces. These were some of my most complex projects to date and so the pressure was on.
Now that this is completed, based on the feedback I received, I believe these products are ready for public release:
PJ – Raspberry Pi to JAMMA Adapter
JAMMA Test Card
Video Testers (4 different designs)
Cabinet Adapters (11 out of 12 at least)
New JAMMA Adapters
I will be adding more information on these projects to the site, then listing them on Ebay soon after. Please check these out if you are interested and a big thank you in advance if you chose to support my work.
This came out of nowhere! I enter my url into a browser to find that I’ve won some prizes! Totally unexpected….
Usually, when crap like this happens, it’s Cloud at Cost trashing my VM, but this was different.
Turns out an exploit in WordPress’ Duplicator plugin (which I use for backups) allowed hackers to upload and modify PHP scripts to the HTML root and so they inserted some code to redirect a user to the site of their choice.
All I have to do now is to collect my prize….
Seriously though… the joke’s on them. I usually make a backup after each modification so I just simply restored it, disabled some plugins, and we were back in business. I may have lost some minor updates in the process, but nothing serious.
Based on what I saw though, the hacker also installed a backdoor and made a ton of changes to the WordPress core scripts. It would have been a drag cleaning this up without a full restore.
Wow… 2020 has been an interesting year so far. From the threats of war, to the COVID outbreak, the tension now reaches a boiling point with the riots in the US. Hopefully we will all stay healthy, fix what’s wrong and overcome our differences and resume our normal boring lives… but this isn’t a political blog.
Many of my projects were supposed to be completed now, but with these hiccups resulting in delayed production and shipping, I’m once again behind.
Things are moving forward though. Here’s an update:
Raspberry Pi to JAMMA adapter – Currently in beta testing with a number of people. Still early to call, but I’m waiting of feedback on some functionality issues, and reliability data.
JAMMA Test Card – In beta testing as well. No major issues reported. Will probably be going into production soon.
JAMMA Mate – Issues with the latest hardware design, may need to back to fabrication for another revision. Very close to being completed.
As this was going on, I decided to make arcade cabinet adapters. A lot of people have asked me for these, and here we are. These are basically the opposite of a JAMMA adapter. Instead of converting non JAMMA games to be playable on a JAMMA setup, these will allow you to play your JAMMA boards in one the non JAMMA cabinets listed below.
Many have already been completed and some have been properly tested are ready to be sold. Here’s a list of what’s here and the status:
Capcom – tested
Sega System 8 – tested
Sega System 16 – tested
Konami – tested
Data East – tested
Tehkan – testing
Taito – beta testing
Irem – testing
Universal Mr. Do – design completed
Namco Galaga – design completed
Nintendo – design completed
Also, three generic type cabinet adapters have been designed to wire up your own cabinet adapter. These will allow you to use you JAMMA game in practicly any cabinet with either a 36, 44 or 56 pin harness.
I decided to spend the last couple of days working on completing the IC Pin Label / Sticker project and it is now online.
The tool will allow you to create an IC or a connector pinout label, on your label printer or a regular household printer, that will actually fit! The tool needs your printer’s DPI, pin list and pin spacing and it will generate any arbitrary pinout label. When printing you will need to disable scaling and print actual size for the label to fit.
Two sets of images can be created. A single image for small label makers, or tiled version for larger label maker (4×6″ or larger) so that labels can be fully utilized.
Once you create a label you can bookmark the URL and reprint it when needed without having to recreate it each time.
There is also a pretty comprehensive list of already predefined devices for you to use here. These can be edited before the labels are created.
There is a couple of bugs and missing functionality that still needs to be dealt with but 95%+ of the work has been done. Not bad for a couple of day’s effort.
People have been asking me about the current projects that I’ve posted about here. Here’s a more detailed look at where things are with the projects that are work in progress or not currently available:
Major Arcade Projects:
PJ – Pi to Jamma – mostly tested working, last revision in fabrication
JammaTest – mostly tested working, last revision in fabrication
JammaMate – mostly tested working, last revision in fabrication
JammaMinigun – working on video conversion issues, release unknown at this point.
JAMMA Adapters – Here’s a list of the adapters that are work in progress and status:
Midway Space Invaders – avaliable at limited quantities
Alpha Denshi – available but unlisted
Gottlieb – testing (need Qbert sound and Krull / Mad Planets pcb)
Rally-X – available but unlisted
Taito – available but unlisted
Tecfri – available but unlisted
Atari DigDug – testing (my Digdug board is busted)
Nintendo Playchoice 10 Single – tested working
Nichibutsu A (Frisky Tom, Seicross, Radical Radial) – tested working
Taiyo – available but unlisted
Bagman – in fabrication
Taito Space Invaders – in fabrication
Miscellaneous Arcade – Projects for the modular supergun or misc arcade boards.
JAMMA Generic Adapter PCB – available but unlisted
Fingerboard – available but unlisted
JAMMA to Headers – available but unlisted
Genesis Controller Module – available but unlisted
Arcade Monitor Tester – last revision in fabrication
VGA Monitor Dongle – last revision in fabrication
TV Tester – last revision in fabrication
Logic Analyzer Probes – I have had difficulty manufacturing these while making them reasonable priced. As a result I am not selling these at the moment until I come up with a good strategy on how to do this. May involve gettin a pick and place machine and making them myself.
Reflow Oven Controller – available, contact me for details
As you can see I piled a bunch of outstanding stuff with the goal of wrapping up most of these at the end of the year. While most of these are completed and ready to be released it will take the next few weeks (January and February) to document everything and get it out there. Stay tuned for more info.
I ended up buying a few arcade cabinets recently. These were a bulk purchase that were sitting in a barn for too long. I’ll spare you the details.
This was in preparation for setting up my gameroom in the new place, and to give me something to do over the winter and spring. In the end, I ended up trading some of these cabinets and plan to restore the rest. In the process I made a video on a Wei Ya Chinese monitor chassis that decided to put into one on these cabs.
I also pretty much perfected my monitor testers (featured in the video) that I’ve been working on for the last few months, and I think these are ready to go. The last hardware updates have been sent to the PCB fabrication place and I’m just waiting for the boards to come back to start putting the final product together.
I’ll update this page with more information soon. There has been a number of new developments on various projects that I haven’t had a chance to document yet.
I have submitted a couple of new adapter designs and they are currently in production. With these two new designs, I have now created exactly 50 unique designs that cover approximately 500 unique PCBs. This took about 2 years, so that averages about one new adapter every two weeks. Not too bad considering all the other stuff going on.
The two new adapters are:
Taiyo – for games like Chinese Hero and Shanghai Kid
Nichibutsu Type A – for Frisky Tom, Seicross, Radical Radial
A few more designs and the project is pretty much completed. On the immediate to do list we now have:
Atari – for the most popular Atari games. Unfortunately most of those are unique
Taito Space Invaders – to complement the Midway boardset
Zaccaria – for some old faves like Money Money and Jackrabbit
Bally MCR – for Tapper, Tron and the other Midway games
Bally Sente SAC – For Night Stocker, Hat Trick, etc…
… and maybe a few others that are not on the top of my mind. After that it’s requests only, for not uncommon games.