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  1. I received The 8-Bit Book this morning and it's really nice read. There so much content in there - it's the opposite of those big coffee table retrogaming art books. It's small, neat and full of interesting stuff to read. Very impressed Mr. Ellis... very impressed. Thanks for the quick delivery too. Cheers...
  2. How to get the best out of my CRT

    As often as you can you should be using RGB scart. Get as many of those cables as you can for your consoles (even get the consoles modded if needed) and get them plugged into one of those two scart sockets. I'm guessing the blue one as the red one seems to say S-VHS above it. Might be wrong on that one though. Then, for those RGB scart consoles get 1 or more (daisy chained if need be) scart switch blocks. The silver ones from Argos are excellent and carry the signal well. For the non RGB scart consoles, either try to get them modded/converted to RGB scart or try the next best cable - in this order: Svideo (into the Svideo port to the left of the blue scart socket in your picture) and Composite either at the front in the yellow, white and red ports OR better still, into scart convertors (a dozen a dime) which all then go into the other scart socket on your TV (again using an Argos switch block). No wires in the front which looks nice and the best image quality from each console based on what they support. Cheers...
  3. Mega Drive. Yeah!

    I've just bought one with a pad, AV cable and PSU on ebay for £25. That price wasn't common but there were a few that were there or thereabouts. Cheers...
  4. I am Level - Spectrum Graphics

    Just bought it. Thanks for the heads up. Cheers...
  5. Emulation front ends for XP

    I have an XP based arcade cab and I use Hyperspin on it, configured to launch the individual emulators. With a video for each system and game it's really neat. Highly recommend it anyway. Cheers...
  6. Candy Cabs

    They are amazing kernow. I love the egret 2's but could live without the rotation so a more basic one would still be perfect for me. Would happily pay £750 right now for a decent astro city if someone had one for sale - anyone on the ole muk got one going? Cheers...
  7. Candy Cabs

    Hi everyone. I'm in the process of trying to get my mame cab repaired and at this point I'm wondering if I should just try and buy a candy cab instead. I saw an awesome machine at Retro Revival the other weekend and started to research them. They seem hard to get hold of! Does anyone here have one? Are they reliable? Do the screens last well? Can you easily upgrade the control from 1p with 3 buttons to 2p with 6 each? Cheers...
  8. I tweeted that to Jim Bagley and someone else agreed with me. Jim Bagley liked my tweet too so he's definitely aware of it. If you'd like to find the tweet so you can like it or agree etc. then you can find it here: Cheers...
  9. NES Hamy HD console

    That's really kind of you Nick_L. How would that work though? Sorry, new to this kind of thing is all. Cheers...
  10. NES Hamy HD console

    Bah, missed that one then. Will keep an eye out.
  11. NES Hamy HD console

    I'm after an AVS NES too and would probably pay over the odds for one if I could get it. Anyone selling one? Cheers...
  12. Framemeister help

    Pity I didn't know this the other day as I did buy a new cable from there but elected to get the cheaper one (which was a direct replacement for the one that had been working fine). I would have paid the extra had I know but not to worry. I do still have one console (Dreamcast) that I have to change the sync value up and down just once before I can play but that's it. Still, would have been nice not to have to do that even. Maybe I'll still get one sometime. Thanks for the heads-up. Cheers...
  13. Framemeister help

    Hi guys. I got it sorted after about 10 hours of grief. I managed to extract the cables for the PS2 and the framemeister and tried them all on a different TV and it all worked fine. Put them back into the original TV and the problem came back instantly. I started to think that perhaps there was something wrong with the sockets or wiring behind the consoles. Turned all the sockets off apart from the bare minimum and everything was fine again. So, spent about 5 hours taking things apart one by one and testing each variation to finally find that the PSU of my Super CDROM 2 (for the PC Engine) was causing it all. Turn it off and everything was fine. Turn the socket back on and the framemeister couldn't sync. How weird is that? I spent the next 5 hours putting everything back together again minus the faulty PSU and all is well in the retro room. Phew! Now I need to find a replacement PSU for a Super CDROM 2 from somewhere. Thanks for the input though - it's always handy to know there's someone on the 'muk to ask. Cheers...
  14. Framemeister help

    Thanks Alexlotl. That's not a bad shout as it's the cheapest option and I can always sell the cable on if it proves not to be that. I'll buy one now. Cheers...
  15. Framemeister help

    Hi all Framemeister users out there. I've got a favour to ask. At the weekend my Framemeister started to play up and wouldn't sync any consoles properly. Fast forward a few days and I've tried everything to see if it's a physical fault or not and I'm pretty convinced that the Framemeister is knackered. I have about 20 consoles wired up into it and none of those or their cabling have changed over the weekend and yet the RGB input won't sync properly. S-Video, HDMI and composite all work fine but RGB struggles. Every 480i input fails to do anything but flicker (at best) so I can't get a picture for PS2, Wii, Xbox original or Dreamcast. 240p signals work okay it seems so my RGB, 60Hz modded SNES works fine. The PAL Megadrive, Saturn, N64 etc. all fail to sync. (which may or may not have something to do with them being 288p PAL signals). Having tried everything I can think of I am considering giving up and ordering a new one (this one is about 22 months old) to replace it. However, before I do, I'd like to know for 100% certain that it's a faulty Framemeister. So, would anyone who lives near the midlands and has a Framemeister let me try it out in my set-up for an hour or so? I know it's a big ask but I'm reluctant to just buy a new one and find out it's something else! TL, DR; can anyone lend me a Framemeister for an hour or give me some ideas on how to get mine working? Cheers...
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