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July 22nd, 2007


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02:09 pm
I've been lazy about LJ lately. Sorry to everyone that's had to *actually* explain what's going on in their lives vs. me reading about it. ; )

The good part:
Over the last ~month, I've acquired pretty much every common game console from my formative years, starting only with an NES and a PS2. The bulk of which was acquired yesterday. relsqui and I will compile a list in the near future. For now, I need to go to the store, get power strips, and another switch box for RCA video/audio.

The bulk of which were acquired in this piece of insanity which I drove yesterday in the MR2 with the tops down the whole way. My scalp is sunburnt, but the rest of me isn't, and it was *incredibly* worth it.

The bad part:
When I hit Santa Rosa, the MR2 wouldn't start again. Fortunately, with the help of one of the guys there, we cleared some corrosion from the battery and got it to turn over. A little ways down 101, the alternator gave out. I was able to coast through traffic to the side of the road (with no turn blinkers). AAA towed me back out to the mechanic.

The slightly less bad part:
The alternator's definitely under warranty.

The slightly more bad part:
I suspect bad wiring. Both the battery and the alternator have been replaced in recent memory. I may have to finally get around to changing the windshield wiper switch and the like.

In other news, people in Santa Rosa are interesting. They're very slightly like zombies.

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From:theswede
Date:July 22nd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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If you have the connectors on your TV, I recommend getting RGB cables and connecting that way instead. It makes a huge difference in picture quality. The PS2 will support that, but the NES won't. You can also get an RGB switchbox for that. I'm getting one, since I'm up to four RGB devices and I have only two RGB equipped SCART connectors.

Of course, component is even better, but only the latest generation consoles will support that, and you need a quite modern TV for that. My TV has no component connectors, sadly.
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From:testing4l
Date:July 22nd, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
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It's a nice idea, but:
1. I have the first generation of PS2, so it doesn't support RGB
2. My TV doesn't either
3. Virtually every one of the consoles I have come with a proprietary connector which comes out to composite video. In principle, I could go running around looking for hacks, but for the moment, I'm much more interested in making up for lost time in gaming 8)
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From:theswede
Date:July 23rd, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
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Well, if your TV doesn't have RGB, that's pretty much that. =)
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From:testing4l
Date:July 23rd, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Yeah -- my point really was just that I don't give up easily.

I checked on the feasability of an RGB hack and it doesn't look that bad surprisingly. Some dude already did it for the N64 and the Dreamcast.

As it was, I'm shamed to say that I didn't find the time to hook them up this weekend.
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From:velikij
Date:July 23rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
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My ISP is in Santa Rosa, and (fortunately) they aren't zombie-like. Very nice people, excellent support (Sonic.net).

Your electrics problem reminds me of a friend's problem with his VW van. The battery kept running down, so he suspected either the alternator/regulator or the battery, or both. Turns out he'd recently got a new stereo installed, and didn't want to have to turn the ignition on to listen to tunes (the old van has no accessories position on the ignition switch). So he had it connected before the ignition switch. It turns out that the stereo power switch doesn't control the amplifier, which is always on (separate unit without its own power switch). So yeah, look for something else that's possibly always on.

Show up for SMAUG sometime! That's tonight. :)

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