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PM hal3000: https://forums.bannister.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showprofile&User=8792
He's located in Sweden. If you dismantle the Mario Cement Factory tabletop (only send the PCB with the MCU on it), it won't be a large package to send overseas.

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This is great, alexb.

On the artwork side of things, am I correct in saying that clones will automatically use the artwork from the parent set and therefore don't need their own zip file with the alternate name?

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That's great news and very kind of you! Once the game data has been read out I'm happy to send you the units back. The readout process in non-destructive so the units will not be "sacrificed" for this purpose.

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Originally Posted by hal3000
That's great news and very kind of you! Once the game data has been read out I'm happy to send you the units back. The readout process in non-destructive so the units will not be "sacrificed" for this purpose.

...Melody ROM for Mario's Cement Factory?

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Originally Posted by Just Desserts
Originally Posted by hal3000
That's great news and very kind of you! Once the game data has been read out I'm happy to send you the units back. The readout process in non-destructive so the units will not be "sacrificed" for this purpose.

...Melody ROM for Mario's Cement Factory?

The melody ROMs would indeed be the final (known) 'destructive' parts of these to get correct. If we get there, who knows.

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Originally Posted by Haze
Originally Posted by Just Desserts
Originally Posted by hal3000
That's great news and very kind of you! Once the game data has been read out I'm happy to send you the units back. The readout process in non-destructive so the units will not be "sacrificed" for this purpose.

...Melody ROM for Mario's Cement Factory?

The melody ROMs would indeed be the final (known) 'destructive' parts of these to get correct. If we get there, who knows.

The table top version of Mario's Cement Factory sports a SM511 with a melody ROM. There are two known versions with different startup jingles.

The current way of electronically reading the melody ROM data isn't 100% accurate (it is done by playing back the melodies and reconstructing the ROM) and a decap is needed to get this fully right. This stands true for many of the SM511/SM512 G&W games which has been added to MAME. I'm still believing that there exists a accurate way to read out the melody ROM data electronically and want to revisit this some day. There has been some development in this area recently as Furrtek has offered to take a look at SM511 die shots and investigate whether the melody ROM data can be connected to the CPU data bus. Here's a link to an article published by him describing the process of reading out "non-accessible" data from a video color encoder chip by tracing the die shot: http://furrtek.free.fr/?a=pceyuv

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Guys, I'd like to ask you for your opinion.

I'm going to vectorize a few LCDs for MAME that I have scanned recently. See attached pictures.
As you can see, some segments are not perfect. It's not glitches in those particular LCD pieces. These issues are present on all LCDs of the same game type.

Now what do you think - should I fix those segments in the vectorized image? Or we should preserve fidelity of the original as much as possible, even if it is imperfect?
If it was up to me, I would repair those segments. They are obviously misdrawn either by design or as a result of the fabrication process, and fixing them does not change anything in the game presentation. Preserving misdrawn segments does not bring any value IMHO.

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If it was me, I'd clean up the tiny glitches. So, for IM-13, the ones on the missiles, or that the "1" is stuck together, or the small notch on the A segment of each "8". I wouldn't modify the shape of the radar.

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If all copies of the game came like that, I wouldn't change it (it's like fixing an in-game bug, which you don't). People don't fix misprinted coins or comics or cards.
I think those little issues can show/say something about the manufacturing quality, about the time/market it existed in, and maybe some other meta information.

Add a note to the driver instead, referencing the misprint (maybe explain why it happened)?

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