I put together a few screenshots that illustrate the quality of my capture card... m1200-screenshots.jpg438.12K72 downloads
One thing I noticed is that the cartridge version of Blackjack lets you bet 1-10 dollars (I presume) per turn. The built-in version in the Conic waits for two keys to be pressed, meaning you can bet 1-99 dollars per turn.
I'm surprised the main background colour is green. From the brief photos I've seen of the Sheen M1200 and Mustang 9016 both have blue background colours.
Today I ran through all the games I've got. I even made video captures, but my Bt848/878 PCI cards (yes, I've got multiple) in my AthlonXP produced very poor results when plugging in the RF cable. Also despite how much I fiddled with the settings, I didn't get any sound recorded. Thus I'm planning to obtain some newer (USB based) and hopefully better TV tuner/capture device that I can use on one of my newer PC's and eventually get better results. While technically all my PC's have at least one PCI slot, I doubt installing one of those older cards into a newer computer would yield better results.
Anyway, as for the background colour, all RCA cartidges give me white graphics on dark blue background, with the exception of Biorhythm that gives me four different colours on dark blue background.
When it comes to the built-in programs in the Conic M1200 console, the plot/sound program (not sure what it is called - Doodle?) gives me the dark blue background. It then paints in red, medium blue, medium green, dark green, light blue, white/yellow and black plus that it beeps in eight different frequencies, enough to play Freire Jacob on the keyboard. :-)
The Bowling game has white graphics on dark blue background for player 1, and white graphics on dark green background for player 2. Yes, it changes background colour between each player.
The Blackjack game has dark green background in both one and two player modes, as you saw from the screenshot.
I might take some more screenshots using a camera pointed to the TV, to illustrate the different colours even though they might not show the perfect RGB values. Of course I could upload some of the captures I already made, or at least extract screenshots from those, but they're of sub-standard image quality so I can just start to imagine how many nitpicking comments I'd get on YouTube...
Well, the background colour seems to depend on which of the buit-in programs I run. It's 1 AM right now, but I'll give a better rundown later on. It might also depend on whether I play one of the built-in programs or plug in a cartridge.
An interesting note is that my Conic M1200 has a channel 3/4 switch on the underside. I've always found it rare for European machines to have such channel switches at all, they often have RF output on UHF 36 rather than VHF, or at least that is how most home computers worked. There is a hole for another switch next to the 3/4 switch, but the second hole is not populated. I suppose I might as well disassemble it and take pictures of the inside, unless those clones have been documented on the inside already?
Well, colour me surprised but I got a VERY nice picture on my 40" Toshiba LCD. For many years I feared upgrading from CRT to LCD because vintage computers and consoles would not look good or might not even display at all on a LCD but this unit seems actually to work best with very old CRT's and modern flat screens... conic-screenshot.jpg226.81K32 downloads