Univid 1000 Tester Journal Date: 9/12/2007 Last Updated on: 4/24/2011
 
The UNIVID 1000
Date 9/12/2007
What is the UNIVID 1000? It is a comercialized test rig for Arcade PCB's and Monitors. It uses a standard set of Molex Connectors and Harnesses to allow you to test a variety of different PCB's.

I picked mine up from my friend John Butler when he decided to get out of the Hobby. I have about 10 different "Original" harnesses. I also had 7 of the male Molex Connectors, which is lucky since they don't make that style of Molex anymore.

I took the 7 connectors and built a Converter for each molex. It converts it from the 15 Pin Molex (.93) into a standard DB25 Parallel port connector. Since these will be around for a LONG time, I decided to go with these. Why these and not the 15 Pin VGA connector? They were a LOT cheaper and I could buy them bulk.

There isn't a whole lot of information around on the UNIVID 1000, so I decided to make a page dedicated to it. Maybe help those who already own one or have an opportunity to buy one.

The Back
Date 9/12/2007
The Back of the unit is pretty straight forward. On the back is the Power Cord, the Fuse for the power input, and the L connector.

The L connector is what is used to connect to a Monitor. If you don't have the Monitor Harness you can build one if you can find (or sacrifice) another Molex Connector.

WARNING: The UNIVID 1000 does NOT have Isolation Transformer in it. I'm not sure why they didn't put one in, but it doesn't have one. Read This If you want to know why this is a BAD thing!

You can find the pinout for the L connector, and OTHER connectors in the UNVID 1000 PDF

Under the Hood
Date 9/12/2007
As you can see, there really isn't that much to the UNIVID 1000. Two Joysticks, lots of buttons, a track ball and a few other things.

What I did find odd, was why they are using TWO power supplies.

Power Supply
Date 9/12/2007

Nothing really special about the power supplies either. +5, +12, and -5, just like every other switcher out there.

Circuit Board
Date 9/12/2007
The unit only has ONE circuit board which looks like it has two Audio Amplifiers on it. I also suspect that it deals with the Video Sync and Color Inversions.

Based on the Sync of the game, and the Video Signals it puts out, will determine which connector you hook up to. If you look on the Pin Outs in the PDF, You'll see that it supports all types of Syncs and RGB signals.

For those looking closely, you'll notice one SYNC is missing. Composit. To get composit, the V and H on connector B are tied together.


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