(Topic ID: 281549)

Pinball 2000/Nucore issue

By MrMikeman

3 years ago


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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by Grauwulf
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#1 3 years ago

Hope someone can help me. I have a RFM running on original hardware. I have a SWEP1 playfield coming but without the Prism card so I need to set up a Nucore/Pinbox computer to run things. I'm tech/computer savvy except that I'm pretty useless in Linux.

The computer has an ArcadeVGA and runs on the original monitor. I have zero desire to switch to a flat screen. My CRT is bright and crisp and has no burn-in whatsoever. The Nucore box is running fine on the CRT.

I know some folks have this exact setup running ok. I also know that there is a 'resolution issue' to resolve but can't find any tips on how to resolve it. The game runs at 640x480. That's the problem. It should run at 640x240. I don't know where to go in the linux file structure and which file to modify in order to get the correct resolution going.

Can anyone help? Like I said Linux ain't my thing. I can get to the terminal (text) window but I'm not even sure how to start the Ubuntu GUI.

#2 3 years ago

I have no advise to offer . I want eventually bring my RFM back to life and will be following this thread . For those whom may post advise please elaborate in best detail the items purchased to complete task . Where to acquire as well . Thanks in advance for the extra time for clear complete answer!

Shane

#3 3 years ago

Hey I can help you out, I’m running nucore on a dell, I would first try to get into the nucore setting menu by opening coin door and pressing both menu and select buttons ( can’t remeber) then you should be able to chAnge resolution requirements. If that doesn’t work hit f4 on a keyboard, which will bring up Ubuntu. Right click on desktop and select filemanger, goto nucore and then scrips and click the resolution you want and execute in terminal

#4 3 years ago

Also to note with the new free version of 2.25 of nucore I found that removing the option of selecting which game you want to to play reduces the crash error dramatically.

Also if you need the the files I have all of them, took about a weekend of digging and an English to multi language converters to find them they’re scattered between 4 sites

#5 3 years ago

These are the modelines I used for 640x240:

xrandr --newmode "640x240" 13.220 640 672 736 832 240 243 246 265 -HSync -VSync
xrandr --addmode DVI-0 "640x240"
xrandr --output DVI-0 --mode "640x240" --scale 1x2

You can modify the 15khz-x11.sh script to change them to those. Just remember to keep a backup of the old one in case it doesn't work for you.

#6 3 years ago

I'm a little confused by your original post. Do you have a system set up with Nucore and an AVGA? What's the issue you are having?

I just resurrected my RFM, I have the full, original Nucore setup, works great. I tried setting it up with Ubuntu 18.04, but just couldn't get it to play nice with the ArcadeVGA card. Pinbox seemed to work just fine with it though.

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from Grauwulf:

I'm a little confused by your original post. Do you have a system set up with Nucore and an AVGA? What's the issue you are having?
I just resurrected my RFM, I have the full, original Nucore setup, works great. I tried setting it up with Ubuntu 18.04, but just couldn't get it to play nice with the ArcadeVGA card. Pinbox seemed to work just fine with it though.

I have a Pinbox setup and AVGA. Ain’t working. I am thinking my avga is faulty. Tried on other mobos just to get the BIOS POST screen and those were garbled also. Avga should show bootup screen on crt even before any drivers are loaded.

What I get with the rfm is a picture ok in width but vertical is twice as large as should be and image wraps around and overlaps vertically.

#8 3 years ago
Quoted from mdeslaur:

These are the modelines I used for 640x240:
xrandr --newmode "640x240" 13.220 640 672 736 832 240 243 246 265 -HSync -VSync
xrandr --addmode DVI-0 "640x240"
xrandr --output DVI-0 --mode "640x240" --scale 1x2
You can modify the 15khz-x11.sh script to change them to those. Just remember to keep a backup of the old one in case it doesn't work for you.

This looks familiar, I tried all sorts of stuff to get mine working. finally just went with LCD
Was on all new hardware at the time though. Would of been nice to figure it out, probably one of my regrets with that project.

#9 3 years ago

Are you plugging in to the vga port, or the DVI? If it's the vga, you *may* be looking at a 'new' card. You can try running the script for 15khz mode and try that. Or pick up a cheap used ATI card and use the script.

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from Grauwulf:

Are you plugging in to the vga port, or the DVI? If it's the vga, you *may* be looking at a 'new' card. You can try running the script for 15khz mode and try that. Or pick up a cheap used ATI card and use the script.

I am plugged into the VGA port as instructed on the Ultimarc/ArcadeVGA site. The VGA port is 15khz only. Not working correctly even when using different computers. The boot/BIOS screen should show up properly on the CRT with an ArcadeVGA and is does not. Pretty sure the card is defective. Unfortunately they are out of production so getting a replacement isn't going to happen.

Ordered a VGA-->CGA board. Hopefully this works.

#11 3 years ago

The converter board is also an option, but a 3000 or 5000 series ATI card will work at 15khz with a hacked bios.

#12 3 years ago

Well shit. Bought the converter (on it's way). Bought a SWEP1 daughter card (on it's way). All for nothing.

SUCCESS!!!

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from bepositive:

I have no advise to offer . I want eventually bring my RFM back to life and will be following this thread . For those whom may post advise please elaborate in best detail the items purchased to complete task . Where to acquire as well . Thanks in advance for the extra time for clear complete answer!
Shane

Ok so in the end I followed the steps from this setup guide http://www.bigguyspinball.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=17&p=5353#p5353

I had the roms already from my Pinbox setup so connected that hard drive and copied the files over and renamed the 2 pinbox****.rom to nucore****.rom

I got everything running on a regular monitor. Once setup was complete I connected the CRT to the VGA port on the AVGA and got nothing. Ran the 15khz script and the CRT came up with the ubuntu desktop (replicating the regular monitor). Tried starting nucore but the game only came up on the regular monitor. I enabled the CRT-15khz script. Rebooted with the regular monitor unplugged and.... nothing. Put in a dummy DVI plug (found it on Amazon) and rebooted.. Game came up!

Now I have to install the computer properly and get the sound hooked up. Already have the external amp and power supply. Also need to update both RFM and SWEP1 roms on there but I am having issues getting to work. UGH.

#14 3 years ago

DONE!

Took me forever to get the software updated (was running SWEP1 v0.40).

Modified (cut) the original case to fit the new motherboard. Jumpered R705 to correct the horizontal offset as documented elsewhere on Pinside. Installed the NOS translite I got from PPS.

Sound is hooked up too now with a 3-channel amp I got on Amazon and a 24v power supply.

Now let's play. Hope someone eventually tweaks the code like on RFM.

3 weeks later
#15 3 years ago

Dummy DVI plug? What purpose does that serve? Oh and congrats on getting it up and running!

#16 3 years ago
Quoted from Grauwulf:

Dummy DVI plug? What purpose does that serve? Oh and congrats on getting it up and running!

Not. A. Clue.

But it makes the game(video card) work. It was just one of those things I read somewhere that it fixed not having the display come up. It did.

1 month later
#17 3 years ago

Does anyone have a Nucore system for sale? Or would you be able to help spec the hardware I would need to try and build my own? I have SW EP1 and just bought a RFM playfield that does not have a PRISM card. I do not have great computer skills, but I have friends that do. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have scoured the interweb and have not been able to find such documentation. If I can’t find a system or a way to build one, would anyone be interested in commissioning to build one for me? Many thanks in advance! - David

#18 3 years ago
Quoted from Dpor007:

Does anyone have a Nucore system for sale? Or would you be able to help spec the hardware I would need to try and build my own? I have SW EP1 and just bought a RFM playfield that does not have a PRISM card. I do not have great computer skills, but I have friends that do. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have scoured the interweb and have not been able to find such documentation. If I can’t find a system or a way to build one, would anyone be interested in commissioning to build one for me? Many thanks in advance! - David

any old dell will work,

#19 3 years ago
Quoted from Dpor007:

Does anyone have a Nucore system for sale? Or would you be able to help spec the hardware I would need to try and build my own? I have SW EP1 and just bought a RFM playfield that does not have a PRISM card. I do not have great computer skills, but I have friends that do. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have scoured the interweb and have not been able to find such documentation. If I can’t find a system or a way to build one, would anyone be interested in commissioning to build one for me? Many thanks in advance! - David

Try to connect with Whiskey Tango on pin side.

#20 3 years ago
Quoted from hockeymutt:

any old dell will work,

I also have the same question; Dell Optiplex but how old(far back) can you go or how new?

#21 3 years ago

You can go fairly old, tbh. I was running Nucore on a machine that had to be nearly 10 years old up until fairly recently. Between the threads here and on the big guys forum, you can find all the info you need and most of the files.

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