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  1. I remember Nukey for three projects. 1. As already mentioned, his PacMan hacks are the best. 2. Galaxian. He and KevinMos3 reworked Galaxian so extensively that I consider it more of a homebrew than a hack. Probably the best home version out there. 3. Starpath Superchanger hacks. If you don't remember, before we had SD card multicarts like the Harmony, the only way to play game binaries on real hardware (other than owning the cartridges) was to load them via the Starpath Supercharger. It wasn't perfect. Due to the Supercharger's memory limits it only worked for 2k and 4k games. I think all the 2k games worked but only about half the 4k games did. So Nukey hacked the binaries of hundreds of games to work with the Supercharger. Kind of moot nowadays but at the time this was huge. I remember working with him on this, mostly identifying which games needed hacking. Galaxian-Arc-Exp.bin
  2. The stereo end on the 3.5mm side might give you trouble. The Supercharger originally had a mono plug. But give it a try, it might work. Also, if you have trouble loading a game, try changing the volume of your audio source.
  3. Well, I've narrowed down the problem. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the XEGS is fine. The problem is in the TV. The bad news is that the TV is my prized 32" Sony Wega flat CRT from 2001. At least the picture is still good. I might have to come up with an external audio solution. Thanks for your help.
  4. Unfortunately I don't have an XEGS keyboard to test the keystroke sounds. I just use the XEGS as a game console.
  5. Thanks, good idea. I almost forgot the XEGS has RF output. I've never used it. Anyway, just tried it and same problem. Well, a little different. I starts out at almost normal volume before it fades. And once it fades I can still hear it but it's muffled, very bass heavy.
  6. So my XEGS developed a sound problem today. When I power it up with a game cartridge the game's audio is very low, about half normal volume, and within about ten seconds it fades to almost nothing. If I cycle the power or hit reset the sound returns briefly at half volume and again fades. I opened it up. All solder points on the audio port look good. And all the caps on the motherboard look good (though I know that's not conclusive). Any ideas? Or can anyone suggest someone for repairs (possibly in the NJ area)? Thanks.
  7. Please add my to the list. Red cartridge, PokeyMax, and YM2151. Shipping to New Jersey, USA.
  8. So there's currently a listing on ebay asking a hefty premium for Stargate because It says "Atari, Inc" on the label instead of "Atari, Corp". Is this really a rare or collectible label variation???
  9. You know, I just double checked and you might be right about only the top three scores remaining saved after powering off. Weird.
  10. I seriously considered the Best Buy Deluxe Edition but decided on the Centipede. Main reason was I wanted the vertical monitor. Secondary reason was the mashed up cabinet art makes the Deluxe look like just another multi-cab.
  11. The entire high score table in Centipede remains saved after powering down. Surprisingly, Missile Command high scores are lost after powering down. Not sure about Crystal Castles, I haven't been playing that game. Millipede came pre-loaded with a high score table with scores so high I haven't been able to post a high score yet, so can't comment on how it handles the scores. I'm not up to speed on what a standard sized trackball is. But this trackball looks about the size of a billiard ball, if that helps.
  12. Got my Centipede unit earlier this week. Pre-ordered from Gamestop on September 6. Love it. I wasn't too interested in the others but I had to have Centipede. You can play most of the games on the other Arcade 1up cabinets reasonably well on numerous platforms nowadays. But to properly play Centipede and Millipede you really need a trackball and a vertical screen. So when this came along for $300 I was sold. First let's address the size. I don't have the riser yet but it will add one foot to the height. This will almost exactly match the height of a cabaret cabinet. If you're ok with playing on a cabaret then you should have no complaints about the size of these Arcade 1up units. Without the riser it is strictly a sit down affair. I thought this would be awkward but it's a lot like playing on a cocktail unit, but with an upright screen. It took me about an hour to assemble with a screwdriver in one hand and a beer in the other. A second person would have been helpful for a couple of steps but I managed alone. Build quality is ok for home use. It's particle board, you have to be careful not to over-tighten the screws or you'll strip the wood. It's not built as stout as a real arcade cabinet but it's also not $2000. The art work is bright and glossy. I had no issues with chips or scratches as some others have reported. I didn't notice any dead pixels either, though the games on this cabinet have mostly black backgrounds so I probably wouldn't notice anyway. The games play spot on, sound great and look as good as you can expect on an LCD screen. My only issue was initially the trackball didn't spin very smoothly. I thought I might have to take it apart and lubricate the rollers. But after I removed the trackball assembly from the control panel I noticed that it spun perfectly. Something in the fit between the trackball and the control panel was causing drag. My solution was to re-install the trackball assembly with washers between it and the control panel to act as spacers. This extra 1 or 2 millimeters did the trick. So try that if you have the same problem. Should you buy it? Well for me it filled a niche. It's an inexpensive way to properly play Centipede and Millipede and the cabinet looks great. It'll never be the centerpiece of anyone's gameroom. But if you have some extra space in your gameroom then this unit will fill that space nicely and inexpensively.
  13. Of course my story is anecdotal. But when the biggest store of the largest retailer in the biggest market fails to move a single unit for 1/3 of 1988, that's telling.
  14. In the summer of 1988, while on summer break from college, I had a job at Toys R Us at the corporate flagship store in Paramus NJ selling video games. In that nearly four month period, console sales broke down like this: Roughly 80% NES, 20% Sega. If memory serves, I sold exactly one 7800 to a guy in his mid 20s who specifically wanted to play classic arcade games (perhaps the first retro gamer?). We stocked the XEGS. Didn't sell one.
  15. Any differences between the two cartridge releases of Pac Man? CXL4022 was the original 1982 brown label. RX8022 was the later 1986/87 gray label. Did RX8022 perhaps include the intermissions? Or were the intermissions only included on the disk version?
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