I've finally finished my first full manual scan, cover to cover, at 400DPI. It's complete with:
- Color Front and Back Covers
- User Manual
- Full Size Schematics (not in 8.5 x 11 pieces)
- Wells Gardner 49XX Series Monitor Manual
- Laserdisc Player Installation Card
- 25.6Mb Of Crisp, Clear, Troubleshooting Glory
Feel free to download this manual for your very own personal use. However, I ask two things of you if you choose to download it.
- Give credit where credit is due. Nothing irritates me more than having my work stolen and passed on as someone else's. I've got a lot of time in this document, the very least you can do is give proper credit.
- Never, ever, ever attempt to use this document, or any other document I produce, for your own financial gain. Again, I'm doing this as a favor to arcade collectors everywhere. Don't spoil it for all of them by being an immature, selfish, money-grubbing dink.
Now, for the moment you've been waiting for. I present to you....
My first masterpiece! Well, almost anyway...
Yes, it's big. Really big for a manual and schematic package. But as I start going through my manuals, as well as the manuals I have access to, I intend for them to be very high quality electronic versions of the originals.
The M.A.C.H. 3 manual was my ideal starting point, demonstrating what I've set out to do. Preserving the original manual as closely as possible in electonic form. I've taken care to "despeckle" all of the images, not only to reduce file size somewhat, but also to clarify the images.
I choose PDF as my output format purely on the portability aspect of it. Even though Acrobat Reader gets a little bigger and heavier each release, it's still the best thing available for portable document viewing, and has a very respectable file size and quality.
If you have a manual you would like to see scanned and archived (with credit to you for the manual of course!) follow the email link below. The scanner I'm using is a Xerox XES8830, capable of 36 inches wide by 50+ feet long. It should readily handle any schematic out there.
Finally, as before (and probably always) this site will be under construction from now until the end of time. It will continue to be slowly populated with arcade related information of various sorts. The ultimate goal being to someday transform this site into a repository for commercial arcade equipment information, data, pictures, and any other information that pertains to them. Primarily covering video games and pinball machines, but certainly not limited to them. Maybe even a story or two mixed in for fun!
Although this site is registered as a ".COM" commercial site, I currently have no plans of making it into a business or commerce oriented site. My goal is to try to preserve as much history and technical information as possible, hopefully proving to be a valuable resource in the future for fellow collectors as well as coinop operators.
But above all, to have fun, after all, that's what this project is all about for me.
As a final note, I've had a number of inquiries asking if I would consider selling this domain, and the answer is "NO".
Even though I have little time to devote to my game collecting and repairing addiction, the time I do spend doing it I enjoy very much. And I hope that I'll have more time in the future to devote not only to collecting and restoration, but also documentation, sharing it here, on this site.
If you would like more information, would like to contribute to the content here site, have a personal area within it, or if you simply have comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and be sure to stop back and check things out. I sincerely hope you will like what you find.