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HunterZero

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  1. Sorry for your loss, my condolences. Cancer takes so many too soon.
  2. 1. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cloudy Mountain 2. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Treasure of Tarmin 3. Thunder Castle 4. Thin Ice 5. Burgertime 6. Bump 'n' Jump 7. Space Spartans 8. Lock 'n' Chase 9. Pitfall 10. Utopia
  3. Best tips I can give for soldering... 1. Use the correct tip, the larger the tip the easier it is to get enough heat into what you are working on. A chisel or bevel tip is better for this type of work than a conical tip. 2. Use flux! A flux pen is good enough, flux paste is also handy. 3. Always tin the tip of your iron. It should be nice and shiny. 4. Heat the joint, not the solder. The solder should flow freely into the joint and be nice and shiny. 5. Clean off flux residue with isopropyl alcohol 6. Tin wires (coat with a little solder) before soldering them If you have trouble with shaky hands, use a wrist rest, or try to rest your wrists on something solid to help stabilise your hands. A soldering station with a lighter soldering pencil might be easier to use. Check this link out, this is a neater solution to the broken power ribbon situation (the gap between the pins on the power connector happen to be a standard spacing): - James
  4. The leaking green thing is a 4.433618 MHz crystal oscillator for the PAL colour signal. There's corrosion on the resistor next to it that should be fixed. Try replacing that crystal and trimming it. Gameplay crashing issues are usually logic board issues, most commonly the RA-3-9600 RAM chip. If only player 2 is having issues, it could be the AY-3-8914 sound chip. If you have a working unit, try swapping these chips. These chips are the same as the ones in the 2609 NTSC North American Intellivision, only the STIC chip is different of the logic chips (and the replacement of the NTSC color chip with the PAL daughter board). - James
  5. Faves: 1. AD&D Treasure of Tarmin and AD&D Cloudy Mountain (tied!) 2. Burgertime! 3. Bump 'n' Jump Hidden Gems: 1. Thin Ice! 2. Thunder Castle 3. Tower of Doom
  6. This looks amazing, I am definitely down for 1 copy.
  7. This is really useful info for anyone who might want to take on a project to create a drop-in replacement package for the RA-3-9600... Would revive quite a few dead Intys. - J
  8. Quite normal, as the power supply board with its voltage regulators and heatsinks is in the top left corner.
  9. Very interesting stuff here! So the RA-3-9600-1 could work as a drop-in replacement for NTSC systems, but not PAL due to the slightly higher CPU/bus clock? And the RA-3-9600A should work as a drop-in replacement on both? The SRAM is such a common failure I always wondered if a modern RAM chip could be adapted to fit the RA-3-9600 pinout with a small adapter board. It may need some logic for the buffering registers, and address bus logic, but can't imagine it being too hard. The STIC chips (CCIR and NTSC) and CP-1610 CPU would be good candidates for replacement with a FPGA drop-in replacement. This would be an interesting project for someone... - James
  10. I won my Intellivision (with Star Strike pack in!) in a Streets Paddle Pop ice cream "Lick a Prize" competition when I was little. I mailed away a competition entry for 2nd chance draw, and they told me I'd won a bicycle... but the Intellivision turned up instead. It was the only game console I had as a kid.
  11. Not including homebrew: AD&D: Treasure of Tarmin Thin Ice Thunder Castle Just missing out... Burgertime Bump 'n' Jump AD&D: Cloudy Mountain (the game that I remember most vividly being used to display an Intellivision at a Grace Bros department store back in the early 80s)
  12. I'm not really interested in the Amico at all, I cannot see it succeeding long term unfortunately. I am more likely to support projects that push the original Intellivision hardware to its limits, I find that far more impressive. - J
  13. Seriously impressive! I am definitely keen to support this. - J
  14. Speaking of the RA-3-9600... In my experience this is the most common failure, it would be really good to develop some sort of adapter PCB so that a modern RAM chip could be used as a replacement. Similar for the EXEC PROM/SROM/GROM chip adapter boards, allowing replacement with newer flash EPROM. This would have the side effect of enabling things such as custom firmware and graphics mods. - J
  15. Yes that definitely looks like a version of the composite kit produced by retro_mood (eBay name) in Turkey. Good reliable kit, compatible with PAL and NTSC. As for other options for composite kits, here are the ones that come to mind... Has anyone tried the Retrofixes kit? Here: https://store.retrofixes.com/products/intellivision-composite-upgrade-amp-kit-coming-soon Otherwise, there are schematics by Solarfox for a simple AV mod, I've heard varying results with this mod (from good results, to jailbars/dark picture). It wouldn't be too difficult to lay out PCB's and have them printed for this mod. Here: http://solarfox.triluminary.net/hwh_intvav_p4.php - J
  16. One of the membrane keypad buttons might be stuck down. When this happens, it can "lock out" the disc control and other key pad buttons. As suggested, disconnecting one or the other controller can help check this. - J
  17. Bubbly looking traces on the Intellivision main board are completely normal. The GI chipset is known to be susceptible to thermal faults. I would try swapping the ICs out with known good ones one by one, starting with the RA-3-9600 SRAM, then the AY-3-8900-1 STiC, then the CP-1610 CPU, then the AY-3-8914 sound chip. - J
  18. The Intellivision uses a STIC chip to generate the picture, and a supporting chip/circuit to generate the required colour signal. Old analogue TV signals were compatible with both black and white and colour TVs. The STIC chip comes in NTSC and CCIR variants. NTSC Intellivisions use the PAL STIC for 60Hz timings, and an AY-3-8915 IC to generate the colour signals. PAL Intellivisions use the CCIR STIC for the 50Hz timings, instead of an AY-3-8915 color PROM, a discrete circuit is used to generate the PAL colours. There must have been some frequency tolerance reason why the AY-3-8915 was deleted and replaced for PAL systems. - J
  19. The disc controller itself is decent. It's the side action buttons and number pad that are not great. - J
  20. You do usually have intrinsic rights to claim a trademark, if you were using that trademark in business first. Eg, if two parties apply for the same trademark, the group that can demonstrate officially using that name for longer will usually win. Trademarks usually apply to company/brand names, but in some cases can apply to unique (not generic) product names (eg Liquid Paper is a trademark, correction fluid is not, and cannot be a trademark), unique logos (like the Coca-Cola dynamic ribbon device), icons (such as the Mickey Mouse head), mascot characters or even some 3D shapes that would normally come under design patent (again the Coca-Cola hobble skirt bottle). Some of these areas overlap into copyright and design patent laws. You are correct that the name/title of a book, video game etc cannot be copyrighted, but if you have a series of books, video games etc that come under the same title, then that name can be trademarked. Eg, Nintendo's Super Mario Bros, or Harry Potter series of books. Also, a unique lettered logo design based on the title could be considered an artwork, and falls into that area of both being covered by copyright, and eligible for trademark. Application of copyright laws are almost subjective for some scenarios... - J
  21. The game name, code and original art from it would be covered by copyright, but unless BBWW has actively applied for a TM for the video game name "Piggy Bank" and had it registered, it won't be protected as a trademark. BBWW, have you applied for a trademark? - J
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