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    Neo-Geo Deck (Hotel Unit) bios dumped

    Hi,

    time passed and recently I decided to (finally) clean my Deck Unit, take a look at the pcb and the bios stuff.

    As it was a socket type, I decided to dump it, as I was guessing it's afterall still an obscure object, even for those (few) people who actually owns one.

    I was right, as the bios actually differs from the others dumped for MAME, so I submitted it and will be probably officially supported on the next version.

    Here some screenshot for comparison:

    MVS Jap (V1)


    MVS Jap (V2)


    MVS Jap (V3)


    Deck Unit


    The features are of course the same of other MVS, the differences at a first sight are in the main menu screen, and the missing "Setting up the code number" (the deck unit doesn't support the memcard).

    From a production point of view, I think the Deck bios should be placed beetween MAME's "Jap Ver2" and "Jap Ver3" as is the only one dated '93, but with the revision "6" on the upper right corner, logically after the "5" of JapV2.

    The most similar bios is probably the "ASIA" (a "6" too) but dated '95 and with the clock feature present on the last JapV3.



    While RAS (Room Amusement System) is used to identify the Deck too on flyers and the manual, the only detail which makes me wonder is that "Neo-Geo GIT Ver. 1.3" acronym, which is probably referred to the Deck lineup alone:



    I'm quite sure the first production run (wooden) was slighty different not only on the chassis.
    I suppose mine was actually one of the latest runs, as it have metal chassis and stickers promoting games like Garou Densetsu Special, so it could be interesting to dig on previously made units.

    Well, I'm following the MAME update, documenting the Deck pcb with pictures and numeration details, and after everything is done proprerly I think we all can "enjoy" a new NeoGeo bios, saved from oblivion (^_^).
    Last edited by massimiliano; 03-11-2009 at 03:07 PM.

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    Good stuff! Interesting to see yet another BIOS revision. Does this BIOS enhance Mai's boob sway in any fashion?

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    Very cool. Thanks for dumping this!

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    Thanks for sharing this. Interesting to see this rare NG variant. If it's cool, can we see some pics here of this kick ass rig? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRONOS View Post
    If it's cool, can we see some pics here of this kick ass rig? Thanks!
    Sure! Just gimme a couple of days so I can clean and well document the parts, I'll post them right here (^_^).

    Btw, it seems that "GIT" is the board codename, as written on the pcb and daughterboards too... nice.

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    Ok,

    pcb cleaned:



    (yes, the only MVS board *without* a JAMMA connector!)



    the bios, (labeled!)




    probably the most interesting part, the s-video/rgb/stereo daughtercard:



    video connector detail




    soon with more pictures! (^_^)
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    Great job man.

    Folks, here you can see video game history preservation in action!

    I find the hotel unit very nice but never had the means to get me one, would be cool to fool around with the bios in MAME, hope they will implement it.


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    did you get the hotel book with this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by massimiliano View Post
    Hi,

    time passed and recently I decided to (finally) clean my Deck Unit, take a look at the pcb and the bios stuff.

    As it was a socket type, I decided to dump it, as I was guessing it's afterall still an obscure object, even for those (few) people who actually owns one.

    I was right, as the bios actually differs from the others dumped for MAME, so I submitted it and will be probably officially supported on the next version.

    Here some screenshot for comparison:

    MVS Jap (V1)


    MVS Jap (V2)


    MVS Jap (V3)


    Deck Unit


    The features are of course the same of other MVS, the differences at a first sight are in the main menu screen, and the missing "Setting up the code number" (the deck unit doesn't support the memcard).

    From a production point of view, I think the Deck bios should be placed beetween MAME's "Jap Ver2" and "Jap Ver3" as is the only one dated '93, but with the revision "6" on the upper right corner, logically after the "5" of JapV2.

    The most similar bios is probably the "ASIA" (a "6" too) but dated '95 and with the clock feature present on the last JapV3.



    While RAS (Room Amusement System) is used to identify the Deck too on flyers and the manual, the only detail which makes me wonder is that "Neo-Geo GIT Ver. 1.3" acronym, which is probably referred to the Deck lineup alone:



    I'm quite sure the first production run (wooden) was slighty different not only on the chassis.
    I suppose mine was actually one of the latest runs, as it have metal chassis and stickers promoting games like Garou Densetsu Special, so it could be interesting to dig on previously made units.

    Well, I'm following the MAME update, documenting the Deck pcb with pictures and numeration details, and after everything is done proprerly I think we all can "enjoy" a new NeoGeo bios, saved from oblivion (^_^).
    If you don't mind me asking where abouts did you score this unit? I've been looking for some time with no result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaLCzAr View Post
    If you don't mind me asking where abouts did you score this unit? I've been looking for some time with no result.
    A friend of mine *managed* an auction and then I picked up it when in Japan.
    Now I can laugh at it, but it was a real pita to ship ...(^_^!)

    In case pm me for details (ie about EMS fees= AKA "the phantom menace" )
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    Quote Originally Posted by massimiliano View Post
    A friend of mine *managed* an auction and then I picked up it when in Japan.
    Now I can laugh at it, but it was a real pita to ship ...(^_^!)

    In case pm me for details (ie about EMS fees= AKA "the phantom menace" )
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    Thanks a TON for the PCB/internal pictures. They are always interesting (to me anyways), but especially when it's something like this.

    Honestly, I expected an MVS motherboard with a custom daughterboard, not an entirely different PCB design as seen here. Awesome stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68k View Post
    Thanks a TON for the PCB/internal pictures. They are always interesting (to me anyways), but especially when it's something like this.

    Honestly, I expected an MVS motherboard with a custom daughterboard, not an entirely different PCB design as seen here. Awesome stuff.
    (^_^) You're welcome!

    I expected a "recycled" MVS board too, but the fact it's an entirely dedicated board with no jamma connector, to me testify also the incredible effort SNK putted, especially during the early nineties, at the days of the "new world" project.

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