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I actually could have had one of these computers years ago at a yard sale, but had other computers already and didn't know what I was looking at. Had I known then what I know now..
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This is great. Please post what you come up with. I'm very interested.
? Is there no archive of manuals for this intriguing machine? In any language? I'm having a hard time finding anything. The http://www.floodgap....retrobits/tomy/<- floodgap website has lots of information. But I'm surprised I cannot find text archives... I guess it was sold as a child's toy.....
I spent a lot of time last night just staring at the motherboard. Like I did as a kid staring at the TI-99/4A when I first opened it up.
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The games are fun to play but as others have stated they play very slow. Neat little computer that's very rare. I found one game in the wild for it once at an electronics recycling drop off. I own a complete US set and a few of the Japan only games. I should break it out again.
Posted Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:02 AM
I managed to get the F18A into the Tomy Tutor.
I needed to unsolder the TMS9918A, and any of the capacitors on the DRAM that were physically obstructing.
I also desoldered the wires connecting the RF modulator / TV out from the board.
Once this is done, the +12v from the power-supply is not needed at all.
Here is a short video ( after about 6 seconds my phone focuses )
I've played around with it a bit. The US cartridges work when the -5v is not connected on the powersupply either. However the -5v does go to the cartridge and rear expansion port. It is otherwise not used on the motherboard, from what I can tell. This is cool because my Tomy powersupply is buzzing, and the requirements to replace it are much simpler... I have sat and played scramble off of just a +5v wallwart. (Oh, I put some molex connectors on the power supply you can see in the video. Just so I can remove this easier... The pinout on that is not matching typical disk drive usage of those connectors. )
My keyboard is still not 100%. I used silver conductive paint and recovered 14 of the 16 keys that were failing. However I lost the space bar and '>' along the way. This will just require patience.
Edited by jedimatt42, Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:09 AM.
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Posted Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:16 PM
So, Sega Genesis 3 button controllers are just so versatile... I picked up one at PRGE for a few bucks, pulled all of the discrete components and the encoder chip off of the board, and then wired the gamepad up for player 1.
The tutor has 2 button controllers, and I only had the bare console and cartridges... So I had to do something... Sorry Genesis.
Posted Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:25 AM
I've reworked PC gamepads for similar purposes. I have access to a whole box of unwanted gamepads, so plenty to experiment with.
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