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4 January, 2017

DOF installed

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 08:19

So, last time I had some issues. I don’t know the reason for it – but suddenly PinballX didn’t want to start and it was related to a hang provoked by pindmd.dll distributed by that software. Took me awhile to figure that out.

So, well. Since then, a new year has arrived and turkey dinner has been devoured. I started setting up DOF (Direct Output Framework) that adds feedback to the cabinet two days back. It was a whole different experience I can tell you. But, I had a small issue with the night-mode that in effect turns off the noisy parts. A short mail to Steve in Canada and a bit of poking around with at small screwdriver following his directions and I had if fixed.

Ended up playing for a couple of hours yesterday with night-mode on. It was really fun. Headset + the backlight you see in this short video really changes the experience. I have a day off on Friday, and I can tell you now that it is going to be used in front of the cabinet with the night-mode off.

The cabling inside the cabinet doesn’t look very nice at the moment. That I’m going to address next week.

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31 December, 2016

Even more progress

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 06:32

So, the ugly beast has got some legs now. Added a button and put in the long awaited coin door. Did play for a couple of hours last night. Was very fun even thouh I haven’t connected any of the DOF hardware.

Suddenly the power went and all kind of weird stuff started to happen. At first I didn’t manage to get the backglass monitor start. Once that was resolved – and I don’t know why it came back all of a sudden, then PinballX, the frontend that I’m using is refusing to start.

Hope to get it up and running again today. No clue what might cause it.

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28 December, 2016

Even more progress

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 21:05

Might not look to be much difference from yesterday, but now at least the buttons are attached. I still have to cable them to the controller. I’ve decided to first get the computer up and running and only connect the plunger/nudge controller. Once that is working I’m going to attach the DOF controlled kit.

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26 December, 2016

Progress

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 20:10

Looking at earlier pictures it may seem that I haven’t done much lately. Well, both true and false. I had some issues that isn’t fully resolved. The pf monitor is attached to a VESA bracket. But, this bracket is still allowed to move too easily. What you don’t see is that the legs – all of them has been attached. I planned to put the rest of the hardware into the cab, but, since the original measurements are 18mm plywood and I’ve run with 15mm. That requires me to shim some of the parts in order to make them fit. The flipper buttons are one of these.

I almost 100% sure now, where to put flipper holes but decided that I’ll wait after I’ve been to the shop and know if I’m able to get some solution for my missing 3mm. I will need to do some test cuts for the plunger as well.

So, to put it short. Complete all wood stuff before attaching the rest of the hardware. Don’t want a computer full of crud.

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24 December, 2016

Started putting the cabinet together

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 04:31

So, I’ve started putting the cabinet together and I must say – it is looking good so far.

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22 December, 2016

Backbox is ok

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 16:20

Measured the difference of the main cab and it is exactly 3cm. So 2 times 15mm equals the difference. That mean, if I’m not mistaken the fault lies in the non existing 45 degree cuts.

So, I checked the drawings. There where no mentions of 45 degree cuts for the back-box, so, it did a quick measurement. Seems ok to me. I went upstairs and verified the width by placing the hand rail onto the front panel cut. It fitted snugly.

So, soon I’m off again to get that darn 45 degree cut.

Update: 45 degrees cut correctly. Looks to be fitting – but, too tired to start the build today. Beers where calling my name. Haven’t had a good night sleep in days, so, hopefully that will happen tonight and I will be able to start early tomorrow while my wife is at work. I still have some days left of my holiday.

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Cabinet parts produced

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 14:35

My colleague, Marius, helped me today to cut the cabinet parts. It’s has arrived at my apartment about half an hour ago. We pondered a bit about the sizes from the Williams Widebody drawings since the material used where 18mm instead of 15mm that we had available.

When I put the base cabinet parts together it became quite obvious that something is not 100% correct. The drawing state that we should cut the corners at an 45 angle degree, That can explain some of the reason why the total length looks to be slightly off. And the wood itself is of course when you just mock it up like this – stealing some length as well.

I’ll have to ponder a bit about what to do next. I can’t really cut the sides to smaller lengths either because of the metal rails I have for the glass cover.

Hmm.. To be continued … 🙂

Willams Widebody

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30 November, 2016

Monitor ordered

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 00:45

So, I’ve used a lot of time investigating. What kind of playfield display am I going to go for. I kind of descided on that last week. But, I noticed that the monitor wasn’t going to be available until the 7. December.

But, today – I revisisted some of my pinball links for need to do stuff and noticed, komplett.no did in fact now have it in stock.

So, I ordered promptly a Philips 43″ 4K LED BDM4350UC with 1.2 3m DSP cable.

I’ve been kind of layed back on the whole build process lately – since I was going to need to wait for this in the first place. Now, I need to start nagging on a collegue of mine that has promised me to help out getting the cabinet built.

Update: Ah crap, seems komplett.no lied about their status. Now, they suddenly don’t have the monitor in stock again. Estimated arrival at store on the 7. Dec – like before.

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22 November, 2016

Zebs EZ install kit

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 02:59

So, the stuff I’ve been waiting for has arrived. But, I didn’t get the time to play with it today. Priority to test lag on a regular TV. It was really bad. But, well, it was a 4K TV – 58″, expected it to be crap and no way of setting it to eg. game-mode.

Soon black Friday, will be lookout out for 43″ monitors for sure. Will post more about this kit at a later date.

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14 November, 2016

Good news and testing of the AMP

Filed under: Pinball — Thalamus @ 23:26

So, last Wednesday evening I was kind of bored after staying home being sick – and, wife was not at home either. Hmmm … I had this Amplifier that I hadn’t had the time to test yet. So, I cut myself some short speaker cables and went to work. The sub will be facing downwards, so, I kind of emulated that by putting it upside down on the floor and laid a bit of the cable underneath on of the edges. Your see me test the following tables. Sword of Fury, Tales of the Arabian Night, Terminator 2 and Sopranos.

I used rest of that evening to secure the GPU better. I might go with it as it is right now.

Further, today I got the mail I have been waiting for. Steve had forgotten to write down my telephone number, so he asked by mail, confirming that it will be shipped tomorrow. So, maybe. I will get the parts I’ve really been anxious to get my hands on next weekend ?

Update : Uh, got a SMS today – saying that the parcel is expected to arrive on the 18th. That I don’t believe.

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