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Author Topic: Got me a Vectrex.  (Read 8809 times)

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #80 on: October 08, 2017, 04:14:57 am »
Hi, just signed up for this forum, is that controller still for sale?

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #81 on: October 08, 2017, 04:39:31 pm »
My controller arrived yesterday. Couldn't wait to try it. Worked great out of the box, so I haven't done the calibration or put the feet on yet. The stick is easy to handle and the buttons respond beautifully. Thanks for putting together a professional looking quality product!
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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #82 on: October 08, 2017, 07:57:25 pm »
I got all the vectrex cool kids coming out of the wood work to this thread....  :afro:

@nexusmtz awesome pic, may your scores be higher and the tendons in your hands thank you.

@Vectrexer, I wasn't expecting a full macro focus porn shoot of the CTDE panel. Great Shots! man....

Columbus Day is gonna add an extra 24hrs to the wait for some other folks.  :badmood:



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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #83 on: October 10, 2017, 12:30:25 pm »
@chopperthedog

Sir it' s beautiful, how can i get one please?  :)

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #84 on: October 21, 2017, 07:41:52 pm »
Hello,

is it possible to order one, please?

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #85 on: December 02, 2017, 01:01:59 am »
Chopper, do you mind indicating how you got those nice curly cables?

Best,
Avi
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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #86 on: January 09, 2018, 08:35:33 pm »
Nice Job.

Think I got lucky with mine, when I stumbled across the vectrex online. It was just before everyone seemed to want one (so before the imo crazy prices)...at that time there was one guy sell his boxed collection (most still have the film on the overlays) and another was selling his vectrex right nearby.

I took that as a sign, not that I needed much convincing. :D

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #87 on: January 19, 2018, 03:50:35 pm »
@chopperthedog

I picked up an ebay Vectrex with display issues just before Christmas.  I've long since tracked the problem down, it was a faulty power switch.  After getting the screen going and making some adjustments I then had a great looking Vectrex that I couldn't play because it didn't come with a controller.  So I made a controller, which it turns out is similar to yours, though your case and logo look way better, (I used a plastic tackle box for my case).  I've been having a problem with my control stick though.  I've only got Minestorm to play so far, (a Sean Kelly Multi-cart should be arriving next week), so the only directions I need are Left and Right.  The Right works great.  The Left works good to about the midway point and then starts turning Right.  In trying to figure out what was wrong I found this thread.  After I read that your sticks are 5k ohm I checked mine and found that I have the same.  I had thought I was ordering a 10K, but that's not what I have.  Anyway, I was wondering if you would post or message me with a diagram of the resistor board you made to overcome this problem?  Thanks in advance for any help you give.  I would have messaged you but, where I am new to the forum I can't.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #88 on: January 19, 2018, 11:08:05 pm »
My diagram is the same as the stock vectrex analog circuit, but instead of the "trim pots" used in the original circuit I used a fixed value of resistors. Since the joystick I used has a way of adjusting the X Y centering position. I used 3 resistors in parallel that yielded a value of 1.53KΩ and finalized the trim with on the joystick itself. The sean kelly cart has the Test Rev4 rom so you will be able see what"s off and to tune yours more precisely. If your joystick has no centering abilities I would add maybe 2 - 3kΩ trim pots to your design.



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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #89 on: January 20, 2018, 12:03:30 am »
@chopperthedog

Thanks for replying.  Since making the post, I did some more testing of the joystick with my mulitmeter and found that when I tested it removed from my case and the circuit, both pots showed as being 10K.  While in the circuit both pots are connected in parallel through both the -5v wire and the +5v, which seems to be what gave me the 5K readings.  Once I had that figured out, I checked the original controller circuit in the Vectrex service manual, (which I belatedly read in your reply, great advice for sure), and noticed the two 4.7k resistors and the two 10K variable resistors.  I hadn't had these in my original circuit.  so I added the two 4.7k resistors and in the place of the variable resistors I used two 10k regular resistors.  Left worked great, Right not at all.  I then started thinking those originals were variable for a reason so I took out the 10k resistors and figured I'd start at half of that, the closest resistors I had were more 4.7K, so I put those in, and now in works awesomely.

My joystick does have the adjustments on the potentiometers too, so as you suggested, I will definitely be checking the calibration once I get the multi-cart and have use of the Diagnostics program.  Thanks again, and like all the rest I gotta say that is one great looking controller you made.  It really matches the Vectrex, you'd think it was an OEM pro controller offered GCE back in the day.
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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #90 on: January 20, 2018, 11:03:44 am »
Glad you were able to get a handle on it. If you're using a similar style stick in yours, check post #78 of this thread for my little instruction sheet.



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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #91 on: January 21, 2018, 02:20:59 pm »
Hello, I'm new here
do you sell those controllers?
I'll be interested if you do!

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #92 on: August 14, 2018, 09:57:26 pm »


Caught a thread on AA advertising the above cart. I had seen some "spinner hack" roms and also noticed in some homebrews with spinner control options and never tested the games with the driving controller. Well, once I finally tested some of the roms, my mind went to work and ordered up a spin cart.






Spent some time at the bench and came up with this thing, took a way different approach and used 16mm buttons. I had no real plot for the buttons, just kinda laid my fingers down at my playing position and made dots with a sharpee. For those not in the know, you can plug an atari 2600 driving controller into port 2 and use it with the hacked roms and brews. So the thumb joystick and 4 buttons act as full player 1 control panel and the grey encoder from the atari driving control is in port 2.




First objective was to figure out a way to mount a PS style thumb stick on a sloped panel without visible screws from the top. I used some 8/32"x1" flat head nylon screws to act as mounting studs and epoxied them to the interior, which also works well for setting joy to tight clearances.






Second objective was to avoid having the paddle knob floating 3/4" off the panel. I've seen the lazy work of others that just mount encoder in hole and slap the knob with a huge gap between panel and knob. I came up with a small chunk of hdpe to act as a recessed mounting plate, the spinner knob is large enough to hide the 2 screws and the knob is down low.




Also if you own an atari driving controller with the smaller AMP connector, there is no modding needed to the plug end or controller, it will fit in the joy port with no issues.




Pro-Tip: The particular grey encoder I was using was easy to take appart and clean/lube. While cleaning it, I got the idea to just bend down the 5 unused sweeps to reduce the friction. Makes a huge difference!




Overall inside shot. I don't like the buttons, I've got some others on the way to try.




Cosmic Chasm with a spinner just feels right... Also, the edit of Bedlam on the spin-cart is fantastic, the resolution on the spinner is perfect, where the previous spinner hack of the game you can find online is kinda frustrating to play. The over all menu and way the spin-cart acts is great. For the couple bucks that it was, a proper Bedlam spinner edit and CC are well worth it, all other games on cart are a bonus.

I have NO plans to do a run or make anymore of these. I saw the other side before and wasn't really a fan. I enjoy creating stuff for myself in my spare time. I just wanted to share my ideas / methods of what I came up with for an all in one vectrex spinner controller. Someone with more time than I have, copy  it and ca$h in, make 20 of these and retire large on your own private island.  :cheers:


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #93 on: August 14, 2018, 10:03:50 pm »
Thanks for sharing your latest build here. 

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #94 on: August 15, 2018, 08:37:09 am »
You do nice work Chopper.

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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #95 on: August 15, 2018, 02:25:10 pm »
That's awesome!  Though I see what you mean about the buttons, they don't look built for gameplay. Are they industrial-type pushbuttons, or are they actual arcade ones?

On a related note (but not to steal chopper's thunder),  I was able to purchase a set of NOS Vectrex boards from a guy on a vector facebook group, who bought a huge stash from a repair tech. 


My Vectrex has been out of commission for years now, and I've tried everything to get it to work, including bringing it to a tech to repair as well. Unfortunately the multiple attempts by me exacerbated the problem, beyond being able to repair it. But now I've got these replacement boards for a swap!  Gonna try them out this weekend when I get a chance.  I'm really looking forward to using Chopper's custom joystick I bought from him as well as the Multicart I picked up.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #96 on: August 28, 2018, 11:53:21 pm »


Been thinking about a generic set of overlays for some time. Finally made some things happen and this is the new offering from CTDE. All 7 colors are pretty damn cool on the vectrex, purple is the bomb. The material is a little thinner, original overlays are around .50mm and the material I'm using is around .28mm, but is sturdy material. You can also use 2 of these at once to mix up more colors.




Precision cut to match original.




I have 14 sets ready for sale and will be doing more as well.

$30 shipped to the USA and $36usd shipped internationally paid via paypal for a set of 7 overlays.

To order or for more info send an email to: orderctde@gmail.com
You can also just click appropriate link below for your location.

USA / Canada order:  https://www.paypal.me/ctde/30
International order:  https://www.paypal.me/ctde/36

Please leave "paying for goods" box checked. If paid by "gift" it takes away 2 click shipping option for me. I don't mind the fee.


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Re: Got me a Vectrex.
« Reply #97 on: September 06, 2018, 04:47:42 pm »
Thanks to all! Been some great responses. 28 sets shipped so far and 3rd material order placed.

Vectrexer also did a a very sweet photo shoot just like he did with my controller, but featuring the set of overlays he received. https://photos.app.goo.gl/VJb34CpGRXqroynF7   Thanks again sir!

I also lowered the price of international orders to $36usd now that I have a handle on shipping worldwide. I kicked back $4 to all folks that paid the original $40 for an international order.


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