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    Reproduction Card reader kits from the guy that makes the led marquee.

    I was asked if this was possible and thanks to a friend I was able to get my hands on one and I have a design based on parts I can easily buy. I can also make up leads if needed, but before I go and spend money, is this something people want ?

    It would be like my led marquee kits and you could use existing cables if you have them. I have sourced all the parts to make leads up if you want a complete kit, but it's not going to be cheap and I would be happy to pass on part no from digi key so you could make your own.

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    So what do you all think ? is it worth me getting the PCB made up (well 5 of !) and buying a set of parts to make the first one and a set of leads ?

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    Is this a memory card reader for an MVS board? Ive been looking for one

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidchameleon1 View Post
    Is this a memory card reader for an MVS board? Ive been looking for one
    Yes that is correct it's for the mvs arcade boards.

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    How much would it cost? I'm not sure if I have the wires, there are a few unused wires in my cab

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidchameleon1 View Post
    How much would it cost? I'm not sure if I have the wires, there are a few unused wires in my cab
    I am not sure of the costs until I know the parts I chose will work. You will know if you have these wires they are two very thick bundles and connected to the front two ports of the MVS. A complete kit with board and wires could be close to 100 and you could also need a metal bracket to mount it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidchameleon1 View Post
    How much would it cost? I'm not sure if I have the wires, there are a few unused wires in my cab
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    OK thanks ill have a look and see if I have those wires. Ill be in touch if I am interested. Great project!

    *edit* Forgot to mention I have your mini marquees, they are great!!
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    I have successfully reproduced a MV-1C

    https://youtu.be/8IItSGL1kW8

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    Quote Originally Posted by leejsmith View Post
    I have successfully reproduced a MV-1C

    https://youtu.be/8IItSGL1kW8
    Nice work!

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    Hi Lee,

    I have an Electrocoin 6-slot NeoNeo, and the EL (electroluminescent) panels in the marquee died a while back. I've been looking for replacements for literally years, with no luck whatsoever, but you've done it, and apparently in just one year! Thank you so much. I ordered this tonight :-) Very impressed with your skills, dude. The ease of the paypal checkout is much appreciated too.

    Thanks,
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    http://www.neogeoledmarquee.info

    You mentioned in your video you wanted other sites to spread the word. Might I suggest pinside.com. A huge pinball forum (the biggest) that I frequent, with a large 'other' section(s).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinball View Post
    Hi Lee,

    I have an Electrocoin 6-slot NeoNeo, and the EL (electroluminescent) panels in the marquee died a while back. I've been looking for replacements for literally years, with no luck whatsoever, but you've done it, and apparently in just one year! Thank you so much. I ordered this tonight :-) Very impressed with your skills, dude.

    Thanks,
    John.

    http://www.neogeoledmarquee.info

    You mentioned in your video you wanted other sites to spread the word. Might I suggest pinside.com. A huge pinball forum (the biggest) that I frequent, with a large 'other' section(s).
    I just saw your order , Thanks It's been quite a while since I started this, I would say 3 years easy when I had the first idea after making a neo geo themed cab and wanted a working mini marquee. I then spent close to a year refining the panels and trying to find suppliers that would work with me on small qty's. Next was asking for people to help me test the panels in each cabinet style and working out that I needed many different versions, like in your UK 6 slot and how the space is limited because they are stacked top and bottom or the the big red and having to bring them forward otherwise there is a gap. I am still working on tweaking things now, mainly trying to make them easier for me to make as they are very tricky.

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    I also just placed an order for new panels yesterday.

    Really glad someone is making replacement parts for these cabs..You're a real life saver..

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    Thanks IrOn, I made a start on three kits today , I had to place 720 smd components by hand for the led PCB and then built the control boards.

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    I did find replacement EL panels a couple of years ago (original type not LED), but they were individual panels and couldn't be connected to the SNK 3-panel boards. Also, I couldn't find the SNK boards anywhere. So to my knowledge your solution is the ONLY solution currently available.

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    I actually have no idea if my card reader works or not. I don't have a card to test with. =( Are they difficult to come by?

    If my reader ends up being dead, I would definitely be interested .. just from a "gotta have it all working" perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sememmon View Post
    I actually have no idea if my card reader works or not. I don't have a card to test with. =( Are they difficult to come by?

    If my reader ends up being dead, I would definitely be interested .. just from a "gotta have it all working" perspective.
    I managed to find one in the UK for 35, I looked for alternatives like CASIO sram ect, but the original was just as cheap.

    Tested with actual games today and it said they saved ok, Dont have all 4 buttons on my test setup so have not had time to look at the memory manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leejsmith View Post
    I managed to find one in the UK for 35,
    Nice! Can you recommend some place online to find them beyond eBay and here? I will have to track one down.

    Looking forward to my EL marquee replacement order, btw. =]

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    Amazing job, thanks a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sememmon View Post
    Nice! Can you recommend some place online to find them beyond eBay and here? I will have to track one down.

    Looking forward to my EL marquee replacement order, btw. =]
    sorry I am new to this card reader stuff so not much help.

    Thanks for your order, I posted it yesterday and you should have had the tracking no via papal.

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    Spent some time playing Puzzle Bobble and saving games today, It worked just fine, but my card's battery is totally empty of charge so although it would save and load in the game as soon as I restarted and pressed A,B,C and D to look at the save games it would say not formatted. Took my card apart and the coin cell is showing 0v.

    I am also looking at adding a SRAM socket to this so you could save games without the card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leejsmith View Post
    sorry I am new to this card reader stuff so not much help.
    No problem. While looking around for original memory cards (I guess they're pretty rare these days?), I found this guy's little project. Hopefully the next revision of his NeoSaveMasta will be available soon.
    Quote Originally Posted by leejsmith View Post
    Thanks for your order, I posted it yesterday and you should have had the tracking no via papal.
    Thank you for your efforts! I'm looking forward to trying out your product in my cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sememmon View Post
    No problem. While looking around for original memory cards (I guess they're pretty rare these days?), I found this guy's little project. Hopefully the next revision of his NeoSaveMasta will be available soon.

    Thank you for your efforts! I'm looking forward to trying out your product in my cabinet.
    I am looking at add save game to my board without a card as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sememmon View Post
    No problem. While looking around for original memory cards (I guess they're pretty rare these days?), I found this guy's little project. Hopefully the next revision of his NeoSaveMasta will be available soon.

    Thank you for your efforts! I'm looking forward to trying out your product in my cabinet.
    The originals are hard to come by (especially working) As they have a internal battery that dies and is a bitch to change.
    But I use one of these on my 2 slot CMVS.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Es-1-Memo...72.m2749.l2649

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    Quote Originally Posted by titchgamer View Post
    The originals are hard to come by (especially working) As they have a internal battery that dies and is a bitch to change.
    But I use one of these on my 2 slot CMVS.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Es-1-Memo...72.m2749.l2649

    Tell me about it, I spend a good hour just removing all the glue yesterday, but now have it clean and the battery removed ready for a new one.

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    All current kits are complete and will be sent to the post office tomorrow.

    I have just designed a NVRAM based plugin PCB for save games and will be making a very rough prototype soon. The same NVRAM can be added to the card reader via a socket so you have the option to use a card or plug in the NVRAM.

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