1980 Scrabble LEXOR Game Repair and USB POWER

So I didn’t post about the Panasonic TR-425 TV video I published, damn, two weeks ago, so here’s that:

I need to figure out how to get the CRT out of its little cage while not breaking anything and still being able to test stuff.

But the gist of things today is another video where I fix this eBay special ($15 total) Scrabble LEXOR game. I had one of these as a kid, and it finally crapped out and got thrown away a long, long time ago. I don’t even know what reminded me of it, but I had to have one again, and I found one that didn’t work (bonus) and got to fixing it.

Oh, and I added USB power since the original power jack was corroded so badly inside and out that it was basically acting as a resistor. So there’s that.

If you have or know where I can find the instructions for this, please send it my way. There are other game modes on the machine (see the ad below) but I’ll be damned if I can remember how to access them.

What else? Well, I’ve been busy AF making designs for my POD stores, and actually getting a (extremely) tiny bit of traction. I’ll put more out about that when it really starts going, but…

… I think I’m learning my place finally. Nobody wants a 50+ year old coder/IT guy because we have the experience, and we don’t take any BS from some project manager who thinks they know better than us. Plus we’re at a point where a) we need decent pay, and b) we literally can’t pull marathon coding sessions any more. Much as I wish I could.

As usual, I need to post more, and more, and more. But that’s where we are. I finally feel like I’m making a bit of headway, but there’s still a long ways to go.

Here’s an advertisement for the Lexor. It’s really pretty cool for the time. Wish I knew more about how it works, the banks of individual transistors and resistors in there are interesting. Bet that whole conglomeration is just a single tiny chip now.



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