Ok... found this in the bottom of a Whitewater. Makes no sense at all. Not even wired to anything else! Any ideas???
That's a thingamajiggy. Don't see too many thingamajiggies anymore...
It looks like someone tried a custom idea for a colling system for the 5v bridge on the driver board, likely due to resets, and simply not understanding what the reall common problems are. Are there any obvious hacks on the driver board around the two bridges with the heatsink?
No hacks to the board... they are clean as can be. Flux capacitor was my guess as well!
Wasn't worried about removing it at all, just can't for the life of me figure out why it was ever put there in the first place. Lol...
My guess is that it is just sitting there for storage. Maybe it was an attempt at something.. or used in another pin. Some sort of cooling issue, as it's a heat sink (i think)
I'd just pull it out.
Do the connectors work with anything else, like maybe that power supply there? It looks like someone made something to experiment with. If it is working, I wouldn't put it back in even to experiment with.
If it doesn't work anywhere, it might be like a lot of my machines where I'll sometimes put random parts in their bottoms to hold them, which means that for instance, my VND has my supply of drop targets in it... even though it has none in the game itself. Maybe someone made this for some real use elsewhere and then just put it there and forgot about it.
Most machines I find have some sort of pre-internet on the fly hack that someone came up with. With the info out there today, it's easy to shake your head, but back in the day, before wide internet use, and in the field dealing with an issue, it is interesting to see the logic people use to solve some of the problems.
Obviously someone went to a lot of thought with this one, as the wires connecting a bridge (expecially two) isn't simple, and they even used proper connetors (hell, most people still don't do that today!). I'm guessing it didn't solve the resetting problem, and was quickly disconnected. The fact that it is screwed to where it is now is what is flooring me.... there is nothing to rectify straight from the transformer I don't believe.
Oh that is pretty trace lifter...
It's going on the wall by my work area. This much I know. Someday, I'm gonna find a use for it... if I only had a nickel for every time I said that huh?
it would make a lovely soap dish, or a magazine rack..
gotta think outside the box.
I used to save crap like this, you end up with so much junk you can't find it if you did need it.
Took me a long time to finally realize the trash can is your friend.
Same with the wife's crap, "is there room for this in your shop?"
"Sure honey, not a problem."
I have to walk past the trash can on my way to the shop, she actually thinks all that crap is in my shop.
It looks like it could plug into the 9 pin connector between the xformer and the power driver board. Perhaps being used to somehow rectify the GI voltages for some purpose? I know I saw on Clay's guide a method to use *1* BR on DE games to lower GI voltages.. but if it's not connected to anything, remove the screw and pull the monstrosity out!