Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A pink problem

It's been a long time since I first posted my guide to customising a Grundig CUC 5630 chassis for use with GroovyMAME.

For ages I've wanted to finish the write up by uploading some screens of the finished product in action. The only thing that was stopping me was a persistent gauss problem. I just couldn't shake off a pink strip down the left hand side of the screen.

At first I thought it must have been a faulty degauss circuit and so I swapped out the chassis for another identical CUC 5630. Once I saw that the problem was still there I knew I had to go to the hassle of dropping in a different tube. Luckily I had another Loewe CT1170 waiting in the wings. Yesterday I pulled the tube out of the that and swapped it over...

Magic! No more discolouration. The finished product is now working very well indeed! Great colours, perfect geometry and awesome image stability. The only problem is the soft edges. It must be something about CUC 5630s... they're always slightly foggy in the edges. Their focus just can't compete with later Loewes, Sonys and Philips. The problem is that those other TVs tend not to have the same range of analog geometry controls... There's always a compromise to be had in SCART Hunter land!

Anyway, I'll update my review with some images once I've caught up on sleep! In the meantime, check out a preview:

Hammerin' Harry (info screen)
Hammerin' Harry (title screen)
Hammerin' Harry (in game)

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