I have an original, twin Virtual On sit-down cab... normally, each monitor displays a behind-the-back third person view of your Virtuaroid (robot), ditto for your opponent, leaving no good way for spectators to follow the battle. In many arcades in Japan, a "Live Monitor" akin to that of Virtua Racing could be attached to the machine as seen in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WHE...eature=related) that gave an aerial, dynamic view to the battle on an external monitor or TV that was mounted on top of or around the cabinet.
Now, with Virtua Racing and any other Model 2 titles that utilize the Live Monitor setup, "Live Monitor" is an option on the test-menu, after "Master" and "Slave" options, and a third PCB is linked and then set to this option. The curiosity is that, with Virtual On, the option does not show up in the menu at all, though "Master" and "Slave" are selectable options. This is the case in both the Japanese and American ROMsets, so it isn't a regional feature.
I've scoured the Japanese and English sides of the web for information and I've found nothing more than confirmation that the monitor does, indeed, exist, and is emulatable in the PS2 port (which doesn't help me at all). There are no images of the setup itself, so I don't know if the monitor is truly just a monitor linked to the machine or if it has its own dedicated PCB. There is no mention in the manual of such a thing (or of the Live Monitor at all), though I have been unable to locate a Japanese manual. Does anyone have any insight as to how this may work, where I might locate such a device (or even images of such a device), or the Japanese manual? I've spent hours researching it and I'm at the end of my abilities. I would love to get a Live Monitor set up working so I could make a tutorial detailing the process for others with the machine, as nobody else I know in the arcade community with the cab had even heard of its existence. Any and all help or information would be deeply appreciated, as nobody at Oratan (the big Virtual On forum) or KLOV (arcade collecting community) has been able to solve it either.