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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SWT: Cleaned out the control panel and put in a 42 inch TV

After an unsuccessful CRT tubes transfer, I ended up getting an inexpensive 42 inch TV to put into my Star Wars Trilogy. I had wanted to keep it as close to original as possible. After weeks of diagnosing the original CRT tubes and then changing out the guts with another TV, only to find out that the Blue CRT wouldn't focus and that I would have to make major cabinet changes to get the angle of the tubes right, I decided to just go ahead and change out the screen entirely.

I spent a day removing the tubes again and trying to determine where to set the tube high-wise. Just when I got it all set, the screen started flaking out as if it couldn't hold sync anymore. I had seen this problem before as there was a couple loose wires between the  screen and the control panel that had been stretched due to improper harnessing. I spent 3 hours going through every cable and did some repairs on all the ones that were questionable and the problem persisted. In desperation, I started playing around with the CGA to VGA converter card and pressed the "Auto" button and it resynced. It turned out that I had pressed that button while the input wasn't plugged in and had lost my previous sync settings.

After calibrating the converter and the screen, things started to look really good. All I need to do is build a bezel to make it look good.

I then opened the control panel and removed about 10 years of soda and ice cream goo along with about $3 in coins and a 2003 ticket stub. Loot! I reconnected a few wires that had come loose and replaced the panel bulbs to try to get the panel to light up, but the bulbs still wouldn't come on. Very odd. Looks like I have some more wire debugging to do.

Of course,  I had to play through the game again to make sure it all worked. Scored in the Colonel rank, again.

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