Saturday, 19 January 2019

Bandai TV-Jack 1000

Hi folks!

It's been quite a while i haven't posted here (about 8 months) but i haven't closed this blog and neither the others. OK so let's go to the topic: the Bandai (Video Mate) TV-Jack 1000.

I have received 2 days ago some electronic games and game consoles from Japan and since this game
console is going to a long-time friend game collector in the U.S., i thought i would take pictures (and tested it of course) before it hits the road to the "BBQ" state. ;)



It's is quite small and that is understandable as space in Japanese homes is usually small (rather compacted). Even if all the writing is in Japanese, it's really easy to figure out the buttons.

The one on the left top is the "Game Select" (Tennis, Hockey, Squash & Practice", the one on the left bottom is the ON/OFF switch (What gave this away ? LOL!!), the three buttons in the middles are (not in order as i didn't tested those): Ball Angle, Ball Speed and Automatic/Manual Serve aand the big one on the right is the "Reset" button.


The AC adaptor (also tiny) has a 9 volts DC (Direct Current) at 80mA (milliAmpere) with positive tip. 80mA ? That's almost nothing as power consuming and i'll show why later on...Oh and the same AC adaptor can be used on the TV-Jack 1500.

So before i open the beast (the game console)...here's my residential black beast! :P


She is called "Princess" as my daughter loved the Disney Princesses back then, as for me, i call her "Black beast" (when she done something wrong) or "Guidoune!"



This is the PC board of the TV-Jack 1000, not much electronic parts but the "All-in-one Pong chips" back then didn't needed much electronic parts to make it worked.


As you can see in this picture, the chip is a TMS1955NL which is a Texas Instruments "AY-3-8500-1" clone but this chip is almost half size then the generic one (this is the first time i'm seeing a TMS1955NL so small) and that's why the AC adaptor uses so few milliamps!


And here's the chip which colorize the games, the "SN76499N" also made by Texas Instruments, and the big grey thing underneath is the crystal.


And here's the back of the PC board.


And this is where i took the video signal: Pin# 8 of the SN76499N

And here's the screenshots of the games:

 TENNIS


 HOCKEY


 SQUASH


PRACTICE


So that's it for the Bandai TV-Jack 1000, it's a simple 4 game console but can play 6 games as the light gun games are not used (rather not connected) in this game console. So this one will be going to a good home quite soon! =)


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Unisonic Champion 2711 40th Anniversary!

Hi folks!

I know i've been out of the picture for quite some time as my last post was end of February. Well  my personal life (job, kids, etc...) takes mostly of my free time but i always come back when i have a chance (like this one!).

Remember the post of January 8, 2018 ? Well in the meantime that i went "into the void", decle has released the final two missing games and a bonus: a brand new game for the Unisonic Champion 2711!!

That's right, a new game called "Bottom Gas" which is a port of the Atari 2600 game "Dragster" made by Activision, just go at this link to get the roms: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/273767-lil-bro-ii-a-better-unisonic-champion-simulator-for-the-intellivision/



And if you're curious on how the Unisonic Champion 2711 internally works (hardware & software) then read everything on the top link and also here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/273768-download-lil-bro-ii-digital-game-roms-free

Decle made a hell of a great job and he so much impressed me that my brain went kablewwwyy! LOL!! it's guys like this that i love retro video gaming! =)

Until next post, take care all! =)

--- Sly DC ---

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The "boomerang" effect

this is weird...i'm usually the one who makes donations but this time, it's me who gets a donation. I have made donations to the "Imusée" some few years ago as we were partners (i was the president of the CCJVQ back then) of some Pong and standalone consoles (Like a Nintendo Racing 112 or a Bandai TV-Jack 5000 to name a few...).

But it is strange who things can turn around (like a boomerang) as Marc-André Léger (from the Imusée) gave 4 Pong consoles to Éric St-Cyr & Sarah Szefer (from Noir Magnétique and also the ones who replaced me as president after my departure) and they gave me those 4 Pong consoles, which are a K-Mart S4000, a IEA Technology Teletainment, a National Semiconductor Adversary 370 and a Sharp model 2200.

So a huge "Thank You!!" goes to Marc-André, Éric and Sarah for the Pong consoles!! And here,s some pictures of the consoles:















 I'll mod these when i'll find some spare times as i still have two Soundic Victory MPT-03 to fix first (and those are also donations from my "good-old video game collector buddy" Ianoid).













Saturday, 27 January 2018

Many Magnavox OdysseyService Manuals and more!

Hi again folks!

I finally had the time this week-end to scan many service manuals and other things and now these are uploaded on Archive.org. So which service manuals did i scanned ? Here's the list:

* Magnavox Odyssey 1TL200 Black & BK12 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 100 & 200 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 300 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 400 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 500 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 2000 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 3000 Service Manual
* Magnavox Odyssey 4000 Service Manual

BTW, all the Service Manuals were scanned at 600 DPI)

Plus:
* Magnavox Odyssey 4000 Games Manual (at 600 DPI)
* Philips Odyssey 2100 Games Manual (at 600 DPI - French/Dutch/German)

And additional files:
* Philips Odyssey 2001 (model G7512) Service Manual & Odyssey 2100 (model G7513) Service Manual (both scanned by Wil Manshande of www.freeservicemanuals.info)
* Magnavox Odyssey 5000 flyer (Yup, Odyssey 5000 and was scanned by David Winter)

You can read and/or download any of these here: https://archive.org/download/MagnavoxOdyssey
or simply go here: https://archive.org/details/MagnavoxOdyssey

Have fun! =)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Late Merry Xmas & Happy New Year! - Unisonic Champion 2711 on the Intellivision ?!?

Hi folks!

Last year wasn't my best year as many personal things happened but now it's a new year which just started and hopefully it will be (way) better than last year.

Decle of Atari Age forum has posted this announcement on January 1st, 2018: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/273767-lil-bro-ii-a-better-unisonic-champion-simulator-for-the-intellivision/   Talk about beginning the New Year with a bang! LOL!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Unisonic Champion 2711 (Hey! Even the world's most obscure game system can have a celebration), decle released for now three game packs of the Champion 2711 which are: Blackjack & Baccarat (the built-in games), Poker Games and Family Fun simulated for the Mattel Intellivision! Yep...that's right...for the Intellivision as both game systems uses the same CPU (CP1600). 

The two missing packs will be coming pretty soon so keep an eye out as decle has done a marvelous job simulating these games on the Intellivision! =)

Until next,

--- Sly DC ---

 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tomy TV-Fun 602 TV Game // トミー TV FUN 602 テレビゲーム

After about 15 years...i finally got one of the most unknown Japanese Pong console ever: the Tomy TV-Fun model 602! And as Fall starts today, i have received this rare game console as it was the last game console/system i was truly looking for, but sadly, i am not enjoying it as i should be as my father passed away 4 days ago so sorry if i'm not jumping and screaming like a little kid who received the best toy. But this TV Game will be forever in my mind (last console / father passed away).

So without waiting, here's some pictures i just took:










And here's the "guts" or teardown of this console:








And here's the infamous game chip, photographed for the first time!

And now, here's some screenshot of the 3 games:

 RF connected..ARGH! But at least i know it works.

 5 minutes later, 1st attempt to plug by video input...Booya!

 So easy to modify to "Video Output", just connect a wire to Pin #17 (it is the 
Composite Video output on the MSL9320).

Clear image, way better than RF!

 The "Squash" game.

The "Tennis" game (duh!).

And the final one, the "Hockey" game.

So that's it for now folks. The next post will be videos of this rare gem! Until next! 


Death in the family...

Last Sunday (September 17, 2017) my father passed away at the age of 75 of leukemia. He was
diagnosed with this cancer only in April and after 5 months, he his now in a better world.
As i would say, it's not a farewell but only a "next time" as we all must go one day.

So to my father, see you next time and until then, i'll miss you so much! :(

--- Sly "in mourning" DC ---