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    How to get a 'brand new' monitor screen? My experience...

    Maybe a Dremel buffing bit would make it a little quicker. I use them for buffing and polishing molds when I make carbon fiber parts because they are not that powerful (so less risk of adding scratches).
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    RGB amp (VGA to JAMMA)

    Again, the Ultimarc amp doesn't change the image quality. If your contrast is effected it's because the amp converts all 0.7-1v rgb to 5v and 5v might be too much for your monitor. The specs on arcade monitors typically state a range like 3v-5v. If the monitor is a tri-sync then the amp might...
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    RGB amp (VGA to JAMMA)

    The ultimarc rgb amp doesn't change the image quality, just the brightness. The confusing point I think he (Andy) was making is that the amp require a 5v DC power supply. Most graphics cards already provide this so no external PSU is needed. Some sources don't so you need to solder an external...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    Vampire Night on the PS2 (apparently) has a progressive scan mode but it doesn't work with the Guncon 2 attached, which makes it useless. I think the arcade version of Vampire Night doesn't use real light guns or at least has an alternative for progressive scan monitors. Time Crisis 3 is 480i...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    I've had them running side by side here and they look identical to me. The only scenarios where I see a difference in how smooth games run is where the 246 version runs at a different res like Vampire Night. Where are you seeing extra ram in the 246 specs? According to these specs, they have...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    I've never heard that the 246 hardware has extra ram. The specs show the same cpu and cpu speed and the same amount of graphics memory. It's possible that the two versions load in different places I guess. That might be what you're seeing. Or maybe just an age related issue with the PS2. No...
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    Question about 29" new Makvision arcade monitor, if it will work with New Astro City

    I thought the back of those cabs mounted to the frame (of the cab). What issues would you see with attaching the back with a different monitor in there? The Makvision frame, tube and chassis is slightly shallower than other 29"/27" crt monitors so it's not like it wouldn't fit (in terms of...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    You can definitely use the PS2 gun as almost all light guns use the same tech. It's the I/O that differs. I use a Time Crisis arcade gun with a PS2 by connecting it to a Guncon 2 PCB instead of the arcade I/O. The gun itself is not modded (as it's just a photo diode inside). The question is...
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    Question about 29" new Makvision arcade monitor, if it will work with New Astro City

    I'm sure there's a solution for all that in a scenario where there's no other choice (aside from not using the cab). You can drill and thread new holes in metal. I do it all the time. It's not fun but it's not the end of the world. You just need a plug-in drill and the right type of drill bit...
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    Question about 29" new Makvision arcade monitor, if it will work with New Astro City

    You can get a bezel that will fit the 27"/29" Makvision monitors from Suzohapp or Betson as both still sell those monitors new. Well, they sell the analog variant with the LG flat tube but the bezel will fit. I have some of these and a bunch of other arcade monitors. I don't think the...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    I wouldn't say there's no point. Having the game control recoil is a meaningful benefit (at least it would be to me) and owning a 246 allows you to play other 246 games and not all of them are available on the PS2 in an identical form. Vampire night, for example. The arcade version is EGA. The...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    It's literally identical on the PS2. It's the only Time Crisis game I know of that wasn't upgraded or downgraded for the home release. Time Crisis 1 on the PS1 is noticeably downgraded. Time Crisis two has upgraded graphics on the PS2 although it still looks fairly similar. Crisis Zone has...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    Does a Guncon 2 even work with Time Crisis 3 on a 246? I thought TC3 on the 246 needed the gun I/O to work. I haven't heard of anyone playing it with a guncon 2 connected directly to it's USB port. I play the game on my PS2 consoles using converted Time Crisis arcade guns and pedals. The game...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    I just had a quick look out of curiosity at Craigslist NC and it took me around 6 seconds to find multiple free Sony Trinitrons. I don't know what area of NC you're in but I tried 3 different ones on Craigslist and all had free or nearly free CRT TVs. Forget thrift stores and pawn shops...
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    What is all that is needed to be able to play time crisis 3?

    Seriously? They are still giving away tons of free or super cheap CRT TVs on Craigslist near me. There's someone trashing a Sony Trinitron or CRT rear projection TV almost every day. Given that almost every house in the civilized world had at least one CRT TV, I'm sure it won't tale long to...
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