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Old 10-14-13, 05:08 PM
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Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

I own a device where I can play original arcade games on a regular TV with composite connection. Since these games don't look well on LCD TVs, I use an old CRT TV.
Now, with some games, like "Pac-Man", the monitor in the arcade was aligned vertically.
Is it o.k. to turn a CRT TV (not a monitor, a regular TV) on its side? Or can this damage the TV in some way? Does the TV need to stand horizontally or doesn't it matter how I align it?
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Old 10-14-13, 05:12 PM
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

Think of all the people living on the sides of the earth near or below the equator. All of their TVs are pretty much on their sides and they work fine.
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Old 10-14-13, 06:41 PM
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

What would be the purpose? You mention Pac-Man being vertical in the arcade. The image on the TV screen isn't going to rotate 90 degrees like it does when you flip an iPad from portrait to landscape.
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Old 10-14-13, 06:52 PM
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

The arcade screen was physically built in vertically into the arcade. That means if you put it horizontally, the game is turned 90 degrees. Just like the arcade monitor, I have to turn around my TV now.
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Old 10-14-13, 09:24 PM
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

I think what you're referring to is a "cocktail cabinet" for arcarde games, where the screen was facing straight up in the middle of a table, correct?

There really shouldn't be any issue from a technological standpoint in orientating the CRT in any direction. CRT TVs are all electronic, there's no moving parts in them, so there's really no effect in rotating them one direction or another. The biggest thing I can think of is just potentially releasing heat. Most CRTs have vents on the top, so if you rotate it, it won't ventilate as well.

Does the device you have offer a rotate feature of its own?

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Old 10-15-13, 02:37 AM
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

Yeah, cocktail cabinets were one variation. But even the standard arcade wall cabinets of those games had a vertically aligned screen.
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Re: Turning a CRT TV on its side: Can this damage anything?

games like Pac man used a 19 inch CRT monitor in the vertical position. There shouldnt be any problem with running a CRT on its side. If you want a real arcade CRT for your arcade cabinet, you can still usually find used ones for 100 bucks or less. They have steel frames attached to make it easier to mount the monitor in the cabinet. Wells Gardner CRTs were usually pretty cheap. I think the model numbers were like 4600 and/or 4900.
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