Archive for January, 2010


Friday, January 29th, 2010

Been working on the Quake LAN recently, but I’ve bumped into a few issues along the way. I’ve gotten some new switches, for the LAN itself too, which replace some older hub technology I had. Bought some extra ethernet cables too. No problems with that stuff.

The issue I have now is getting the Macs (iMacs) ready. I started on my Blue iMac (500MHz) model, which is working just fine, as I figured. I then started working on a Dalmation iMac I got recently off of craigslist. Well, suffice it to say, but that unit is now considered partially operational. It works, but the from bezel (part of the casing) shattered into a lot of pieces when I was taking the unit apart (to clean it, and to get to the hard drive). I’m sure I can get it back together, but it won’t be as pretty as it was (it’ll be the battle damaged iMac). The plastic bezel is from an old computer that was on a lot, thus the plastic became rather brittle. I have been told about this, but this is my first encounter with it. Not much fun. But, lesson learned, when it comes to certain old iMacs.

For now, I’m working on taking the hard drive out of the Blue iMac, so I can use a PowerMac G4 to clone the drive to other iMacs (Dalmation and Snow one for sure). I’ll be using two Newer Technolgy drive adaptors to do this. This should save a lot of setup time, as all I would have to do is just change a few settings after the drives are cloned (in theory). Will have more on this in the short time ahead. I need to get this stuff done. If it comes down to it, I’ll use the tower units from last year, but I’d rather go all iMac this year. Time will tell…

New Netgear switch – Good old OS 9.2
Netgear Switch Mac OS 9.2
Shattered bezel! – Newer Technology drive adaptor
Shattered Bezel Drive Adaptor

Getting more stuff for the show

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

It has been kind of silent lately. But trust me, I’m still getting ready for the show. I’ve been getting ready to go through all of my iMacs, and probably upgrade some of them, with memory and hopefully better and bigger hard drives. In also need to clean the ones I bought this year. And I ordered some more network cabling and a spare switch today. This will come in handy, as I plan to have at least 8 computers in the Quake LAN this year, with an extra machine controlling it (so I don’t bump into issues like last year with the controlling machine being used to play too). Hope to have more posted in the coming weeks.

Things I need to do soon:
– Test all my TV sets (yeah, they can die just sitting on a shelf)
– Start testing the old iMacs
– Setup my cloning hardware so that I can copy the OS and Quake from one computer to a newly bought one (new hardware I got will make that much easier).
– Pick out a few more system to bring to the show.
– Test network equipment with Quake.
– Test the voice module I got for the TI-99/4A, and some more games I got for it to!

That is all for now. Be seeing you!

Vectrex added to ’10 lineup

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Vectrex is a fairly popular video game machine in regards to it being in the Underdog Chamber exhibit. I’ve decided once again to display the Vectrex system for the MGC ’10 show. Testing was easy, as it has been for years. Plugged it in and it ran just fine. I’ll have a series of game for this at this show, not yet determined. The old B/W Vectrex is such a cool and unique system from the early 80’s.

On the side, I finished testing a new video cable for the TI 99/4A, which turns the signal from the TI computer into video signals for my TV sets. This way I do not have to deal with that somewhat large RF box, which is a good thing in my book. It does give off a bit of audio feedback though, but it isn’t bad enough for me to consider it not worthy of use.

I also bought another old iMac yesterday from a nice guy out in Waukesha (off of Cragslist). It was a great deal on a Dalmation G3 iMac (thanks Keven). I’ll post a picture of it some other time, after I’ve opened it up and gave it a thorough going over. I hope to have this in the show this year, as it is a rather unique looking older iMac.

One other thing too. I’ve decided not to have the Atari Jaguar in the UC area this year. I’ve been wanting to, but it will be in two areas of the show, one which will possibly be right outside my area. If this is the case, I’d rather not have it then this year. Not a big deal, as I’ve got plenty of systems to choose from. More on that soon (I hope).

TI 99/4A video cable – Good old Vectrex!
TI 99/4A video cabler Vectrex

It’s 2010, only 2 months will MGC ’10!

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

The Midwest Gaming Classic in now about 2 months away (about 2 1/2 to be more precise). I’m still working on things, including more testing with the TI-99/4A and another system (to be announced soon). Between that and work, this is all I have to post for now.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a better year than last year (even though it wasn’t that horrible in ’09).

Oh, and school for me starts up again in 1 1/2 weeks. Weeeeeeee! (or should that be Wiiiiiiii?)