> Hey sorry I meant to reply to this earlier and forgot to. House calls are actually
> extremely rare in dumping and I haven't gotten any interest here for one. With a PC
> based game we would need basically 3 things: hard drive dump, bios dump(s) and
> hardware information. So you could either pull the whole computer and ship and loan
> that out or follow instructions on doing it yourself. As for house calls in dumping
> I'd say less than .1% of the dumps in mame are from them. With a computer from recent
> years it's feasible to say the motherboard bios could be gotten from an external
> source/download/program and all you would need to do is buy a cheap adapter to read
> out the hard drive to another PC and otherwise would probably only need to take a
> bunch of pics of the inside of the computer and maybe an alt boot so we'd know the
> CPU, RAM, motherboard, videocard and whatnot. Again, house calls are extremely rare
> so some basic work from yourself or else pulling the computer and shipping it out.
So, a bit off-topic, but since you mentioned house calls for dumps...
Back in 1998 (I think; I'll have to research this), I came across, quite by accident, a Space Invaders II cocktail machine at a lasertag/arcade facility about 50 miles from my home, and posted the find to the MAME dev list that was in operation back then. Frank Palazzolo and I met up the next night and drove down to the place, since it was a pretty rare machine and not emulated in MAME at the time. Frank put up the majority of the cash since I didn't have all of funds at the time, but we got it at a decent price ($300, if I recall). We brought the machine back to my house, and Frank took the boards home with him for dumping and the majority of the emulation work. I helped with the overlay colors and layout, and recorded the samples, since the game itself has two sound boards and some of the Invaders samples were missing from MAME back then (extra life and mystery saucer, IIRC). I bought the boards back from Frank and sold the machine a few years later. The listing on VAPS and the pictures there are of the same machine that the MAME dumps came from.
So, not quite the same situation, but a story that I wanted to share since your post reminded me of it.
"One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces!"- Nick Mason, Pink Floyd
Edited by Brian Deuel (01/22/17 09:02 PM)