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Author Topic: Got me a Vectrex.  (Read 2411 times)

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2017, 09:57:39 pm »
I love your projects.  :applaud:

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2017, 01:53:53 pm »
I stopped at microcenter today to pick up some microSD cards and wandered off to the always trashed and sad project/component area. Stumbled upon 4 yellow "mini arcade buttons", no other colors, couldn't find anymore stock, there was just 4 of these. Brain instantly went into overload and I raced over to Fry's to obtain a robotics joystick and a slanted project box.




Was able to whip up this nifty little thing. The joystick is sooo nice and the buttons are pretty damn good as well. Perfect controller to have out when I have friends over, won't have to hover making sure they're not abusing my sh!t.




After some trial and error I came up with the absolute perfect combo of resistors to compensate for the 5k pots in the robotics joy, an original stick has 10k. Using the test rom I was able to have the original and mine side by side and get the sweep matched up on the new one. Played 2 minutes of hyperchase, yup feels the same....  :cheers:






Thing came out great. I had to go with the strain relief on the side because of the way the back of the box is molded, the bottom ridge is too tick to slot and work with the relief.




And a pic for size comparison to original. After about 20 minutes of play after building it, I'm pretty impressed. Will report back after some more gaming sessions.



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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2017, 06:49:02 pm »
Now open a store on ebay selling custom vertex controllers. Get a bunch of knockoff genesis controllers to work with.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2017, 09:32:41 pm »
Thanks Guys! :applaud:

It be rainin' Vectrex goodness up in here!

Quote from: Richard H.
I make the VecMulti.

If you want one, I'm selling the last 10 units at half price ($45 USD shipped)

So, last Tuesday I happen to see the post above by Richard Hutchinson in some noob vectrex help thread on atari age 20min after he made it. Had the man paid about 15min later, I'm no idiot, Helluva deal. Package arrived from the UK today. Fabulous product.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2017, 01:55:13 pm »
Did he happen to sell all of them? (I don't have an Atari age account)

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #45 on: June 22, 2017, 08:41:45 pm »
Did he happen to sell all of them? (I don't have an Atari age account)
Same, I've read a ton on AA, just never felt the need to create an account and post there. I sent you a pm.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #46 on: June 23, 2017, 08:47:28 am »
Really like the joystick, I'd be interested in building one!

Do you have a part no. for the joystick? From what I understand vectrex joystick wiring is pin to pin, no encoder is needed, correct?

I have some old analog tandy/ch mini computer analog sticks in the parts bins, I wonder if they could be suitable...would probably have to dial in different resistors too.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2017, 03:26:38 pm »


The VecMulti from Richard H. is a neat piece of hardware. I just didn't like how it was packaged in the 3d printed case and how it just kind hung there in the cart slot with the edge connector being the only support.




The SDcard reader was soldered to the underside of the main pcb with a straight header. After some thinking and planning I came up with a way to mount the SD reader to the top of the main pcb and offset the SD placement so that I could use a stanrdard cartridge shell.




No modifications were needed to the scramble cartridge shell, I'll find a repro shell to use in the future. The 2 plastic posts in the bottom shell are narrower than the width of the SD reader pcb, so it made sense to figure out a way to top mount it. The SDcard has been set up and sorted the way I want and I haven't had the need to pull it for a couple weeks. It's only 1 screw to get access anyway.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #48 on: September 14, 2017, 09:36:21 am »


mmmmmmmm, Nothing like the smell of fresh Sanwa 24mm buttons in the morning.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #49 on: September 14, 2017, 02:08:33 pm »
when you scroll down the page your pic of the buttons in the box creates an optical delusion of it getting bigger.
totally made my eyes go  :dizzy: LOL!

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #50 on: September 14, 2017, 02:46:21 pm »
If you can read this, it means Photobucket's money grab ruined my signature photos.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #51 on: September 14, 2017, 06:05:04 pm »
I'll have what you 2 are smokin'.....





chopperthedog engineering has been established.   :cheers:


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2017, 06:44:25 am »
Oh good. Its not just me.

Good luck with the venture, Chopper!
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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2017, 06:45:11 am »
Well said Chopper. So what are you up to?
This thread makes me wish I never sold my Vectrex.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #54 on: September 16, 2017, 05:04:45 pm »
I agree with ark.  (Falls over from shock)

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #55 on: September 16, 2017, 08:09:21 pm »
I agree with ark.  (Falls over from shock)
If you look at the original GCE logo, and if one were to create an "O" you would just close off the opening in the "G". For the "D" it was based off the "E" with the wider left side of the letter and offset opening. I tried the opening on both sides, and it looked better right heavy.



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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #56 on: September 16, 2017, 09:24:05 pm »
With respect... no it looks better the other way.  I know you are going for a specific graphical style, but a "D" needs the curvy bits on the right so people know it's a "D" and not an "O".

Everyone check out this revised version.  You could still argue that it kinda still looks like CTOE, but with the curvy bits on the proper side most people will know what you are getting at.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2017, 01:57:24 am »
With respect... no it looks better the other way.  I know you are going for a specific graphical style, but a "D" needs the curvy bits on the right so people know it's a "D" and not an "O".

Everyone check out this revised version.  You could still argue that it kinda still looks like CTOE, but with the curvy bits on the proper side most people will know what you are getting at.
That was a variation I tried, it looked ok to me, but got away from sticking to the original format of the logo with only having the rounded corners on the left side of each letter. I tried about 3 other ways and I went with what I went with because I liked it the best. :burgerking:


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #58 on: September 18, 2017, 11:38:46 am »
Cleanup on aisle 3!

Carry on.   :cheers:

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #59 on: September 18, 2017, 12:48:10 pm »
I get what Chopper is trying to do with the visual consistency, and I'm all for it. I wouldn't overthink it - if the product works, no one cares what the logo looks like.
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