Yo, I've got a new item that I've added to my collection of arcade stuffs. Found an ad on craigslist that had a SNK Neo 50 cab for sale. I contacted the seller and proceeded to exchange information and from there so on, BAM! I've got me a new cabinet to install some games in. Now the buyer said it needed some minor work to get back up and running so before I even bought the thing i went to check it out and there was nothing wrong besides it simply not having any game board. So of course I went along with it and decided to throw some time and money into restoring an older japanese style arcade cabinet with a 50 inch rear projection monitor.
Heres a picture of what it looks like originally. I have all the parts beside the bench connected to the control cabinet, but I could care less about that.
Now I've already begun taking a few things apart because I plan on completely revamping this from top to bottom, but not the screen unless I need to. (Screen Picture Quality still under testing)
This is a picture of the control panel and tid bits I plan on re-surfacing or ripping the paint off and applying a new coat in a different color. I want to make it red like the American wooden like cabinets.
Seriously do not know why it had 7 button layout, MVS systems never used more than a 4 button configuration, even for its fighting games. (Unless I'm missing something)
I plan to replace all the japanese style pushbuttions with american types because I hate how your finger can just slide off. And for fun they'll be LED lit pushbuttons.
This interesting little do-hicky was inside the control cabinet. All the wires and leads from the main harness met under here, it even had two molex connectors just chained in connection to themselves as some sort of like switching configuration. One led to the audio output on the harness and the other to the speakers. Possibly a switch for Mono/Stereo config between MVS and JAMMA boards. The other connector was attached to the player start and select button, which in this case MVS systems use 4 buttons per player plus 2 additional game select buttons (Up/Down) while standard JAMMA configs only use 3 buttons per player and nothing else.
The whole harness linking all the components from the power supply, control panel, audio, and MVS board (if it where there.....)
I generally hated the electrical wiring on this cabinet. The power cord is 2 pronged, no ground, and the whole cabinet is wired like there is an official earth ground........I mean the cabinet is like entirely metal and yet there were ground connections to the chasis everywhere. I bought a 14 gauge 3 prong replacement power cord at home depot and plan to re-work the busted fuse box later when i get my hand on some fuse holders for both the AC lines in.
The MVS/JAMMA thingy, and the white object next to it is a small plugin for the video out and an extra outlet for the 50 inch screen. Mounted right below the back access door on the control cabinet. The cables where a bit beaten up on the screen's input feed, but should be an easy fix. Not sure if grounding is necessary here on the screen's half.
I rarely trust older power supplies, even if they are switching power supplies. Going to replace this..................and those 2 Zippy joysticks which where surprisingly in ok condition compared to the rest of this machine.
This looked to have a Japanese coin mech, and it did, but the coin comparitor is for US quarters........
And inside look from the back of the control cabinet.
Original logos, some a little torn up
This SNK logo is right below the screen on the monitor rig.
Neo 50 logo is on both sides of the screen.
And the Neo Geo logo on both sides of the control cabinet.
Well these are all the pictures I have so far. I need to go and run some checks on the screen's picture quality so I can tally that on my list of things to do.
I've ordered some parts already but not all. Just a 4 Slot MVS board and one game cartridge (League Bowling). Plan to buy the buttons, joysticks, replacement power supply, and a 1-150 Game Multi cartridge (which does not include League Bowling) later. I just need to wait on the MVS board because of international shipping..........OYE!!!