Tech / Repair Archive

Tourvision BIOS tool & updates

I’ve updated the Tourvision BIOS post, there’s a new version of the BIOS decoder tool that offers different output formats including one that tells you what all the bytes actually do, it now supports multiple BIOS versions

Irem capacitor update & Artemio video

Artemio (@artemio) has made a video discussing the issues with leaking capacitors on Irem and Konami boards (the infamous sound custom).  I’ve updated the Irem games and leaking capacitors article here with the cap list for M99

SNES 4 slot arcade switcher

I recently obtained this from another member of The Dumping Union group, if you’ve seen my Tourvision posts then you’ll understand how eager I was to obtain a similar unit for a different system.  So without further

Cassette collecting – the mould problem

Living as I do in the UK and being the age I am, I grew up with home computers being my primary gaming experience with arcades being a rare treat if we visited the coast.  In the

TourVision – V1 cart support rail

Just a little update – when I obtained the V1 system it seemed odd that there was no physical support for the carts and that they’d just use their edge connector to stay in place.  The rail

TourVision – new information on score panels

I’m very excited to reveal I obtained a type of score panel which answers more questions on this system – the main article has been revised here: TourVision – like a Playchoice for PC Engine

Repair – DVD-A01 spindle clasp repair

The DVD-A01 is an early PC DVD player, which is used by the Nichibutsu High Rate DVD system.  It’s one of the few models that work with this system, which only supports drives that have RPC Phase

Strider original Japanese version graphics/sound fix

A while ago a user on the KLOV forums called willkaotix created a set of replacement graphics ROMs for Strider which remove the censorship added for the final game (the leaf on the Amazons) as well as

Amiga (various models) Kickstart switcher

The Amiga has had multiple firmware versions over the years, known as “Kickstart”.  Unfortunately a lot of software that hits the hardware directly is affected by which version of Kickstart you’re using, leading to various hardware and

Thunder Blade / Afterburner capacitor list

I’m having to recap a Thunder Blade PCB to try to eliminate a noise problem in the audio – the schematics exist online but the audio section is barely readable.  Aside from the ‘supercap’ – here’s a