VIRTUAL LIBRARY
Dragon's Lair Virtual Library - Images and information on the major components

MANUALS
Dragon's Lair - Operation Manual (USA / Cinematronics) (28 pages) - SEE THE REVISED DL/SA DUAL MANUAL BELOW
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Operation and Maintenance Manual (USA / Cinematronics) (63 pages)
Dragon's Lair - Preliminary Manual Rev. 3 (Europe / Atari) (17 pages) - SEE THE OFFICIAL MANUAL BELOW
Dragon's Lair - Preliminary Manual Rev. 7 (Europe / Atari) (17 pages) - SEE THE OFFICIAL MANUAL BELOW
Dragon's Lair - Operators Manual (Europe / Atari) (76 pages)
Dragon's Lair - il Manuale (Italy / Sidam) (10 pages)

SCHEMATICS
Dragon's Lair - Operation Manual (USA / Cinematronics) (28 pages) - SEE THE REVISED DL/SA DUAL MANUAL BELOW
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Operation and Maintenance Manual (USA / Cinematronics) (63 pages)
Dragon's Lair - Schematic Package Supplement (Europe / Atari) (32 pages)
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Electrohome NTSC Decoder Specifications and Pinouts (USA / Cinematronics) (4 pages)
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Wells Gardner NTSC Decoder Pinouts (USA / Cinematronics)
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Control Panel Pinout (USA / Cinematronics)
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace - Coin Door Pinout (USA / Cinematronics)

DIP SWITCH SETTINGS
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (USA / Cinematronics) (for rev. A, B, C, D, and Beta 1 & 2 EPROMs)
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (USA / Cinematronics) (for rev. E, F, F2, and Enhancement 1.1 EPROMs)
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (Europe / Atari) (finalized, non-preliminary version)
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (Italy / Sidam)
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (Enhancement 2.x, made in 2002 for USA / Cinematronics)
Dragon's Lair - DIP Switch Settings (DL/SA Combo ROM, made in 2002 for USA / Cinematronics)

Games converted with an Arthur PCB Replacement or a Merlin MultiROM board must follow customized DIP switch charts from the device manufacturer.
Please find the DIP switch charts for these products at the LaserCon site.


ROM IMAGES
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. A)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. B)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. C)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. D)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. E)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. F)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (rev. F2)  [1]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (Beta 1)  [2]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (USA / Cinematronics) (Beta 2)  [2]
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (Europe / Atari)
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (Europe / Atari) (alternate)
Dragon's Lair - ROM Images (Italy / Sidam)
Dragon's Lair / Space Ace Combo ROM - (for USA / Cinematronics) - Made in 2002, this ROM holds both Dragon's Lair & Space Ace on the same set of chips.
Dragon's Lair Enhancement ROM - (for USA / Cinematronics) - Made in 1999-2005, these ROMs make use of the laserdisc's full potential.

Diagnostics ROM Package - (for USA / Cinematronics) - Made in 2018, this ROM aids with PCB troubleshooting.  (also contains the 1983 Cinematronics diagnostics archive)

[1] Revisions A, B, and C EPROMs use the Pioneer PR-7820 only.  Revision D EPROMs use the Pioneer LD-V1000 only.  Revisions E, F, and F2 EPROMs use either player.  Revisions A, B, C, and D are a five chip set.  Revisions E, F, and F2 are a four chip set.
[2] Beta 1 and Beta 2 are each a five chip set for use with a rev. A PCB and a Pioneer PR-7820 only.  Beta 1 came from Dragon's Lair cabinet serial #1.  Beta 2 plays the same as rev. A, B, and C, but the code is different from all other ROM revisions.

 

 

Compatible Laserdisc Players - Pioneer PR-7820 (USA / Cinematronics), Pioneer LD-V1000 (USA / Cinematronics), Philips 22VP932 (Europe / Atari, and Italy / Sidam)

Pioneer PR-7820 - Service Manual (168 pages)
Pioneer PR-7820 - General Adjustment Procedures (20 pages)
Pioneer PR-7820 - Programming Reference Guide (30 pages)
Pioneer PR-7820 - Users Guide to Programming (13 pages)
Pioneer PR-7820 - DVA System Manual (68 pages)
Pioneer PR-7820 to LD-V1000 - Cinematronics Conversion Instructions (8 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Operating Instructions (7 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Interface Guide (24 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Service Manual (81 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Provisional Service Manual (27 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Cleaning the Optics (3 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Changing the Laser Tube (3 pages)
Philips 22VP932 - Service Manual (95 pages) - (Europe / Atari, and Italy / Sidam)
Philips LaserVision Deck - Service Manual (10 pages)

Standard LD-V1000 Firmware - The LD-V1000 players that were used in the game Badlands contain firmware that was modified by Konami.
Download the standard Pioneer LD-V1000 EPROM image.

Conversion Cards - None of the original laserdisc player models are natively compatible with any other model for a direct substitution.  Several products have been developed over the years to allow replacement/upgrade of the laserdisc player.

Dexter is the newest product.  Unlike the other products below which convert to a newer laserdisc player model, no player or disc is needed with Dexter.  The Dexter board is a drop-in replacement which poses as a laserdisc player and plays the video for the game digitally, from a custom file format.  Dexter accepts the original commands from the PCB through the original interface cable.  Dexter has been going in and out of production multiple times, per demand, via pre-order process only.

LaserCon is a laserdisc player conversion card that allows the PR-7820, LD-V1000, and 22VP932 laserdisc players to be replaced with newer supported Pioneer players.  The original LaserCon is no longer in production.

Also from LaserCon, Merlin-8000 is a MultiROM board that performs laserdisc player model conversion at the source, by altering the communication protocols within the Dragon's Lair ROM, as opposed to intercepting and then converting the original signal outputs, which costs processing time.  Multiple Pioneer models are supported.

The Hi-Tech conversion card allows the original Pioneer laserdisc players to be replaced with newer Sony laserdisc player models.

The LaserAce conversion card allows the game to use a variety of different Pioneer and Sony laserdisc players.  LaserAce is no longer in production.

PC Conversion - This do-it-yourself document instructs how to install a desktop PC, and the accompanying software download, into your game cabinet to convert it from the Pioneer LD-V1000 to a Sony laserdisc player.

 

 

Diagnostics ROM Package - To aid with PCB troubleshooting, Shaun Wood offers an improved Diagnostics ROM Redo, which also contains the archive of the original, flawed Cinematronics diagnostics package.

Merlin MultiROM - Merlin is a direct replacement for the original EPROM board used in Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.  It includes Dragon's Lair rev. F2, Space Ace rev. A3, DLE, SAE, and DL2E.  Merlin allows ROMs to be swapped by using the joystick and button.  For more information, check the LaserCon site.

Arthur PCB Replacement - Arthur is a replacement main logic board for Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.  The circuitry for the ROMs and the Space Ace annunciator are integrated onto one main PCB.  Arthur also has all the functionality of the Merlin MultiROM products built in.  For more information, check the LaserCon site.

Main PCB Revisions - There are two different Dragon's Lair board revisions (A and C).  Rev. A PCBs have a serial number below 6,000, and rev. C PCBs have a serial number above 6,000.  The rev. C PCB arrived when the transition was made from rev. D EPROMs (five chip set) to rev. E EPROMs (four chip set).  This is also when the transition from the PR-7820 to the LD-V1000 laserdisc player started.  The older rev. A PCB can be modified to use the LD-V1000, and the newer rev. C PCB can be modified to use the PR-7820.  For instructions on how to perform these modifications, including details on the laserdisc player communications, see the Dragon's Lair PCB Conversion Between PR-7820 & LD-V1000 page.

Additionally, to see the multiple modifications that kept occurring to the design of the rev. A PCB during the game's production until the design was essentially finalized near serial number 5,000, as well as detailed instructions for performing these modifications on early rev. A PCBs to achieve their most stable condition, check the Dragon's Lair Rev. A PCB Modifications page.

Changes present with ROM revisions E, F, and F2 - The option to disable the joystick feedback sound is discontinued, and this DIP switch (B3) is now used to select the model of laserdisc player, PR-7820 or LD-V1000.  (The main PCB must also be correctly configured for the player type.)

The option for 4 coins per credit is discontinued, and this DIP switch (A1) is now used to increase the hard difficulty setting further to very hard.  Complete details are in the Dragon's Lair Walkthru.

A setting of 2 coins per credit is not required for the pay-as-you-go setting to function.  Pay-as-you-go can still be used if the game is set for 3 coins per credit, and the price to continue the game will also be 3 coins.  However, the on-screen graphics will still incorrectly ask for only 2 coins, both during the attract mode to start the game and also at the interruption points.

In pay-as-you go mode, extra lives may be awarded after the interruption points only if the game is set to begin with 3 lives.

Number of EPROMs - Avoid making assumptions about which ROM revision may be installed on a board based on the number of EPROMs present.  Sometimes, when operators updated the EPROMs from a five chip set to a four chip set, they would leave the 5th chip (now unneeded) in its socket.  And likewise, collectors who manually switch between Dragon's Lair and Space Ace may leave their 5th Space Ace EPROM installed while running Dragon's Lair with four chips.  Therefore, five EPROMs do not prove a five chip ROM revision.  Revisions A, B, C, and D are five chip sets.  Revisions E, F, and F2 are four chip sets.  The Enhancement ROMs are four and three chip sets.

European Versions - Dragon's Lair was licensed to Atari for production and manufacture in Europe.  The cabinet is very similar to the Cinematronics release, but the hardware, including the laserdisc player, is totally different.  Atari sub-licensed Dragon's Lair to Sidam for production and manufacture in Italy.  Most of the hardware for the Sidam version is the same as the Atari version, but the cabinet design is completely different.  Both the Atari and Sidam versions of Dragon's Lair use a video overlay for the score and lives rather than the score display PCB that is used in the Cinematronics version.  Click on the following links to see screen shots of the video overlay.  Image 01 | Image 02

Monitor Swap - If the monitor in your Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, or Thayer's Quest is not up to your liking, you can replace it with a 19" TV.  The Monitor to TV Swap page will show you everything you need to know.

68705 Bypass Mod - An update for older rev. A Dragon's Lair / Space Ace PCBs.  See the 68705 Bypass Modification page for more information.

Volume Control Hack - Now you can adjust the volume of the joystick feedback sound in Dragon's Lair or Space Ace if it is too loud or soft for your environment.  See the Dragon's Lair Volume Control Hack.

Interchangeability - Space Ace can be played in a Dragon's Lair cabinet by changing the laserdisc and the EPROMS (and also ideally with the Space Ace control panel's three skill level selection buttons for "Cadet", "Captain" & "Space Ace").

Engineering Mode - Engineering mode was designed to let the engineers playtest a scene without having to play through the whole game.  To learn more about this, see the Dragon's Lair Engineering Mode page.

Initialization - Ever wonder what all those characters are in the score display of Dragon's Lair while the game boots up?  Check out the Dragon's Lair Initialization page.

LD-V1000 Boot Switch - A simple inexpensive way to build a switch that issues a play command to the LD-V1000 or LD-V1001.  See the LD-V1000 Boot Switch page.

Manufacturers:
Cinematronics (USA, 1983)
Atari (Europe, 1984)
Sidam (Italy, 1984)
Leisure and Allied Industries
(Australia, 1984)

The non-laserdisc arcade re-releases
(post-2000) are not covered here.

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