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A friend of mine bought a PS4 Pro off eBay and they literally just put it all in a big box with no padding. It arrived with some cosmetic damage and one of the controllers was fucked but it somehow did work.

That poor CIB Duo. I personally don't understand sellers. If you can't pack an item properly for what you charge for shipping, then clearly your not asking for enough. So rather than skimp on packaging materials just to keep your costs under your shipping quote, just quote people for what it *actually* costs to pack it properly. I'd imagine people are quite willing to pay for proper packaging, rather than trying to save $3~$5 by skimping on packaging materials.

Some sellers are just underestimating I think and then when they actually try and ship it they realize they've grossly undercharged and don't want to take the hit.  I've had so many bad shipping experiences that whenever I buy something now I almost always send a message outlining the packaging I'd like so I have a case if they cheap out. 

If it's something really rare and I don't want to chance it I've even been known to offer to pay extra so they don't cheap out.  Oddly enough, in those cases I've never had someone take up the offer for more cash to ship better.  Had one dude sell me a pair of guncons I won on auction with free shipping and he actually lost money but still shipped it.

I remember a couple cases where people lost money and shipped something to me anyway. One was and RGBComponent transcoder (before most people cared about this shit) and the other was a huge limited edition for Neverwinter Nights on PC. Sometimes people go above and beyond, always a nice surprise.
TG-16/TE/TurboDuo Discussion / Game of the Month: June 2020 - Buster Bros
« Last post by geise on Today at 08:21:25 AM »
Buster Bros

I've been wanting to have this as game of the month for a while. This is probably my favorite 2 player game. I spend a ton of summers rocking out this game. This will be a fun one for this month. Sorry it's a tad late. Hope you all enjoy. Time to travel the world!
TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / Re: turbo duo cd not spinning
« Last post by drtdiver on June 02, 2020, 11:44:36 PM »
right on.  thanks for all your help. if i ever get this thing going i will post back
TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / Re: turbo duo cd not spinning
« Last post by Keith Courage on June 02, 2020, 10:51:49 PM »
No red from the lens usually indicates a bad lens, bad CXA1082 chip or bad traces from the CXA1082 chip to the D78C chip.

Dealing with these issues is a horrible process trying to track down the actual problem. It's taken me many tries to fix DUOs with these issues.

When it is out of my league, I send some of the chip issue systems I get to thesteve to repair because he has more experience with it than I do. Unfortunately he is super backed up with repairs right now and isn't taking on any more work.

TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / Re: turbo duo cd not spinning
« Last post by drtdiver on June 02, 2020, 09:09:58 PM »
replaced the chip and now the lens will only bob up and down randomly not every time. and no red coming from the laser.
TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / PC Engine Super CDROM2 trim pot help
« Last post by joerazzzz on June 01, 2020, 08:11:49 PM »
Hello all!

I joined just for this thread. Being that these systems are becoming a dark art and the information is scatter through the interweb I figured I'd just stop the long nights of searching and just ask for help here.

I have a Super CD that worked fine but it had no audio at all. I assumed it was the caps and started to work. I found many bad caps so I replaced every single one. From what I read a full cap replacement would require a recalibration of the laser to work correctly. Using the 10-15 sources of information I could find roughly talking about the process I was able to get the system to read a CD-R directory but it could never find a track or play anything.I found 2 things, First was the CD gearing was stripped and second I tested each trimmer pot (marked original positions prior to any play) and I found that 3 of the 5 had dead spots in them going to 0 ohms or OL. So I figured I'd replace all of these too. With new pots in I was able to get the system to read the directory again but it still will not read any tracks but the CD will spin until I release the lid switch. I tested these pots and they claim to be 20K but I can not read better than 17K so I ordered exact replacements that are currently shipping. All of this frustration I figured I would play a Hue card and I found out that going through the CD-ROM I still do not have any sound.... WTF! Sound is fine through the Core II but this CD-ROM is about to get the old field goal kick.

So my questions I hope you beautiful people can help me with:
1. Where is my sound? I did a full cap replacement and still no sound, what should I look at or if you could provide a circuit diagram I could trace out??? Please any help?

2: What am I missing in the trimmer pot setting? Are there any good reference positions / readings I should set the pots to and tweak from there? Would you think the laser is bad if I can read the directory? I have an O-scope coming this week and I can do a proper calibration but I still need to know what test points and to what parameters I am calibrating to. :bonkthis:

Please help me... I have beer in trade. :pray: :pray: :pray:
TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / Re: turbo duo cd not spinning
« Last post by Keith Courage on June 01, 2020, 08:45:13 AM »
Then there is either a bad trace on the board somewhere or another possible chip issue. Seems weird that the lens actually bobs up and down when trying to read. Normally this does not happen when a DUO has the no disc spin up problem. Does the center of the lens show red in it when powered on? Obviously don't stare directly into it but glance at it from an angle for a quick second or even use your phone to look through to it.
TG/PCE Repair/Mod Discussion / Re: turbo duo cd not spinning
« Last post by drtdiver on May 29, 2020, 12:40:59 AM »
got the new chip installed same outcome. disk still doesn't spin.   
PC Engine/SuperGrafx Discussion / Re: PC Engine Mini: Opinions?
« Last post by Necromancer on May 27, 2020, 08:44:48 PM »
I got mine and messed around with it a bit.  My first impressions:

1)  The lil PCE guys running around are awesome.
2)  The included USB cable should have a 90 degree tip.  There's not much room to bend the cable and send it out the side.
3)  The pad is good but not perfect.  The d-pad seems stiff (maybe just new?) and the run and select buttons a bit short and require a harder tap.
4)  Why does New Adventure Island have generic manual art?  Of all games, you'd think for sure that Hudson owned everything outright and had made it in house.
Console Sales & Trades / Re: PS4 Trails of Cold Steel Fairy Fencer F
« Last post by Gypsy on May 27, 2020, 06:37:24 PM »
Been a long time, but are the Cold Steel games still available?
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