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    Okay something I've wanted to do for some time but a real lack of free time held it back.

    I've finally gotten around to installing a Wiki so that we can organise the plethora of great information and tips spread across the forums here. All too frequently we have literal information gold that tends to get buried behind newer threads. When questions do come up we quite often point our members to other sites for info when it already exists here.

    The wiki is designed to alleviate that but it will only work if we have people willing to submit content. Now normally a wiki is open to anyone who registers but given the recent issues we've had I've locked it down to approved Users only at this stage. Anyone can read the wiki but only approved Users can create or edit content. That may change in the future but for now I'd like expressions of interest in producing content for it and also advice about the structure.

    I've quickly and I mean REAL quickly put up an index page with a starter structure with the intent of changing it once we have real content and an idea of layout.

    So anyone who thinks they have the time and expertise to contribute to this little project please PM me with details. The site is NOT integrated with the Userbase here and I want to keep it that way for security reasons for now so you will require a Username, Password and Email address.

    Please bear with me for a few days whilst I sort all of this out amongst all the other stuff I have going on.

    http://wiki.aussiearcade.com.au/index.php/Main_Page

    Cheers,
    Brad
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Arcade King's Avatar
      Arcade King -
      Added a Tab to the main forum Brad
    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      Thanks mate =)
    1. Krumm's Avatar
      Krumm -
      Sounds like its a good idea, I assume this covers all the topics we talk about here.
    1. Frank_fjs's Avatar
      Frank_fjs -
      Great idea and good on ya for kicking it off.

      Wiki editing is pretty easy once you know the syntax, yell out if you need a hand.
    1. andykmv's Avatar
      andykmv -


      i would like to see a series of troubleshooting/repair sections and resources for willliams 80's games, a bit like the pacman pages http://www.arcadegameover.com/pactrouble.html with a table, fault desciption, screen snapshot, possible fixes. could also add Si, and dk pages and anything lai.

      lastly, looking thru some coin op mags i have on loan from necroscope, i would also like to do a "cab spotters guide" for aus manufactured cabs (lowboys, lai cabs etc)!

      hope that sounds ok! will take time to compile, but the wiki is a good place to compile it!

      - - - Updated - - -

      and maybe dezbaz could do some stuff on jamma incl labels for connectors ?
      and vector monitors ?
    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      All ideas welcomed and as far as I'm concerned if we talk about it on the forums (pinball, arcade, console) it can go in the wiki.

      Cheers,
      Brad
    1. visy's Avatar
      visy -
      Yep interested in adding content.

      As far as structure goes all I can really think of is content that could be there.

      Learning material such as beginning electronics articles.
      Maybe a resources section so links to useful info can be centralized. Hell, even interstate shipping stuff could be put up there as that question seems to be asked once a week.

      How to guides categorized by pinball and arcade to start off with. These categories can then be expanded to different parts of arcade and pinball machines.

      Repair logs for pinball, arcade, PCB's, monitors. It would be great to see all repair lugs centralised.

      What else.......I'm sure I'll think of more later.

      PM sent.
    1. chainchomp's Avatar
      chainchomp -
      I wouldn't just use it, i'd make it my homepage.
    1. necroscope's Avatar
      necroscope -
      I would love to see a list of monitor chassis repair tips for instance here is an example For the Nanao MS8-29

      Looks like sync has gone but clears after a while or after repowering, also may encounter some size issues
      Change C911 C913 C442

      Poor colour definition with brightness issues, sometimes intermittent
      Change C332

      Monitor does not power up or cuts out
      There are many reasons for this, here are some that I know of:
      Check the fuses first
      If you get a line across the horizontal and then the chassis shuts down then there is a fault on the vertical deflection circuit

      Signs of frame foldover
      Change C433 R433
      If full vertical frame collapse then also change R436 Q401 Q402 C437
    1. millsy56's Avatar
      millsy56 -
      Great idea
      Happy to contribute
    1. Womble's Avatar
      Womble -
      Quote Originally Posted by andykmv View Post
      [INDENT]

      i would like to see a series of troubleshooting/repair sections and resources for willliams 80's games, *a bit like the pacman pages http://www.arcadegameover.com/pactrouble.html with a table, fault desciption, screen snapshot, possible fixes. could also add Si, *and dk pages and anything lai.
      I have a big Defender Repairlog coming up.
    1. andykmv's Avatar
      andykmv -
      Quote Originally Posted by visy View Post
      Yep interested in adding content.

      As far as structure goes all I can really think of is content that could be there.

      Learning material such as beginning electronics articles.
      Maybe a resources section so links to useful info can be centralized. Hell, even interstate shipping stuff could be put up there as that question seems to be asked once a week.

      How to guides categorized by pinball and arcade to start off with. These categories can then be expanded to different parts of arcade and pinball machines.

      Repair logs for pinball, arcade, PCB's, monitors. It would be great to see all repair lugs centralised.

      What else.......I'm sure I'll think of more later.

      PM sent.
      one of the blokes at work has a set of crt repair notes (a training manual from ???) whic i am going to PDF so that can be added too!
    1. ostybeef's Avatar
      ostybeef -
      Great idea!
      One thing I have found to be a little lacking on the net is a decent picture library for identification of PCBs. Is this something that could be added to the wiki for people to add photos from personal collections or is it too hard to manage?
    1. Arcade King's Avatar
      Arcade King -
      Quote Originally Posted by ostybeef View Post
      Great idea!
      One thing I have found to be a little lacking on the net is a decent picture library for identification of PCBs. Is this something that could be added to the wiki for people to add photos from personal collections or is it too hard to manage?
      Great idea.
    1. WOKA's Avatar
      WOKA -
      And an AA-LOV..
    1. andykmv's Avatar
      andykmv -
      Quote Originally Posted by ostybeef View Post
      Great idea!
      One thing I have found to be a little lacking on the net is a decent picture library for identification of PCBs. Is this something that could be added to the wiki for people to add photos from personal collections or is it too hard to manage?
      there are a few resources showing pcbs, so we could include those as well all the other stuff aa'ers have!
    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      My only concerns in doing that would be storage space and then bandwidth. Management would also be an issue.

      There is a PCB photo collection running around somewhere. It was put together to use with Mame32 and other frontends but not sure where it's at these days. Found a resource here though:

      http://arcadecollecting.xmission.com/pcbpics/

      Also downloadable collection here:

      http://www.progettosnaps.net/PCB.html

      That PDF sounds great Andy. I'd love to convert it out of PDF for proper display though. I can do that if you need me too.

      Cheers,
      Brad
    1. Mr_Staypuft's Avatar
      Mr_Staypuft -
      Awesome idea, thanks Brad.
      i'll happily do a bit of work on the wiki at some point, but in the near future 'other stuff' will keep me a bit too busy.
      Wikis are a great invention.
    1. Brad's Avatar
      Brad -
      Yeah time and knowledge is the bottleneck here. I'm just not knowledgeable in most of this stuff and what I do know will take some time to put together. Others need to step up and provide content on those aspects where possible.


      Cheers,
      brad
    1. dezbaz's Avatar
      dezbaz -
      Happy to add info when I can (As Andy said)

      Amplifone Vector Chassis / Schematics
      LAI Vector Chassis / Schematics
      Jamma and other Labels

      Great ideas guys
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