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Arcade Repair Logs
« on: June 29, 2009, 10:46:52 AM »
Is there any interest on this forum for tales of real arcade repairs? Real machines, real vintage game boards? If not I won't post any, it is a bit "niche" after all.  :D
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009, 10:52:08 AM »
Although I don't have any arcade cabs, I'm interested in anything old-tech, such as repairs to old arcade boards.

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009, 10:55:58 AM »
Definatley interested womble! ;) I love arcade machines anyway - as akastaff will probably tell you! :)

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 11:15:37 AM »
Cool, will see what I have, Australia is not a good place to be for retro computing, so arcade repair is where I get my fix of fixes these days.

I have a couple of cabs in my play room, Fatboy and Bluebottle, one has a horizontal monitor and the other is vertical for games that need that.



The blue cab I bought complete but with a faulty CRT chassis, the yellow one I bought just as a shell. The CRT tube in it is the one from our old TV, it needed a complete rewire and I still have yet to finish the bezel, refit the glass and sort out the marquee. Both cabs would benefit from some artwork actually. Eventually the left cab will have Bubble Bobble artwork and the yellow one will be 1943 :)
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 11:30:04 AM »
mmmmm arcade porn!  :P
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 11:57:26 AM »
I want a cab  :'(

I wonder if the wife would notice if I kicked out our 12 year old son and converted him room  ;D

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009, 11:59:00 AM »
ROFL! ;)
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2009, 12:11:00 PM »
If its arcade porn you want then its gonna get hardcore..

I bought Fatboy as a shell on ebay here, cost me $80 delivered, was a bit of a wreck and utterly filthy but had potential.





It was originally a horizontal cab, the black paint mask on the cover glass is horizontal, but the internal screen mounts were set for vertical, which is what I wanted anyway. Will have to scrape the paint off the glass and re-do it, it has a few scuff marks in it anyway.



The wiring was an absolute shit fight, yards and yards of badly joined, gaffer taped, gloopy soldered fire hazard. The mains noise filter was bypassed with the thinnest gauge wire possible because the neutral tag had broken off, the switch was in the neutral path not the live and the fuse was bypassed because the contacts were so gummed up with solder and bent that they were touching.

The wiring on the DC side of the PSU was in good nick, there was just far too much of it, no idea why but someone in the past had added more wire to the RGB, sync and video ground wires, 4 meters of it in fact, then they had joined the chassis connector onto the end of it and that was a mere 4 cm of wire then the connector.

Anyway, we bought a nice new telly recently so the old 68cm CRT was looking for a new home, bought a universal chassis from Joey and set to work.



Had to replace the deflection coil wiring as the connector used by the TV chassis didn't suit the connector on the universal one, I think the original one was non-standard. Thankfully the universal chassis came with a new harness for the deflection coils, as well as a new degaussing strap, ground wiring and a new RGB lead. The chassis itself is a flippin work of art, I have never seen one that looks so well made, its almost a shame to lock it away in a dark cabinet.  Anyway, soldering iron out, old harness off, new harness on.

I decided to totally rewire the mains side of the cabs wiring system, firstly to fix up any safety issues but mainly so I knew how it was all connected up before I plugged it in. Pretty much everything from the original was re-used once cleaned up and resoldered neatly.. The noise filter was toast so that got binned. I did remove the mains wiring to another switch hacked into the rear of the cabinet, took out the wiring for a light bulb holder that was well past its best and of no use to me.




I suppose I could have used a new piece of wood as the base board but decided the old one would do, in retrospect I wish I had though. Still, at least everything is screwed down and cable tied properly now.

Nearly put my bloody back out lowering the tube into the cabinet, damn those things are heavy.



Very relieved when the first two bolts were in, without the bolts there is nothing holding it in and it was keen to slide off and plunge into the cab.

Connected everything up, routed the high voltage cables so they choose to hang in free space away from all other wiring and each other.



Mounted the chassis control panel behind the coin door for easy access, the wiring was just long enough :)



Double checked the mains wiring and flipped the power switch, checked the voltages were good and attached the first game board this cab has probably seen in years.

Mild panic when nothing happened, I could hear the tube high voltage kick in but the screen was blank,  I just needed to turn the brightness up :lol



Still some cosmetic work to do, the marquee is still a gaping hole, the old fluoro holders are wrecked, but I have never connected the light in my other cab as it was too bright. Needs some artwork on it at the least.

Also the old CP looks a bit tatty now it has nice shiny buttons and joysticks fitted, may get it plastic coated in the near future.. Need to tidy (actually replace) the control wiring as its a mess of knackered crimp connectors and about 3 different types/lengths of wire. It works as it stands though so have already had a good blast on it.

And when the lights are out it looks awesome already... :D



It struck me that I already have a bezel for this very tube, the front of the TV case, may well take a saw to it, cut out enough of the old front to surround the tube, spray it black and then mount the cover glass over the top.



Its amazing what $20 in the right places will do...

I done got me a coin slot fascia (nice one Coolspot, the link you found was just the job), and some locks too. Now the board door doesn't fall open every 15 minutes - looks suddenly a lot more complete.





Need to trim the old TV front down to a couple in inches depth, I bought the jigsaw to do it ages ago. Once cut I will spray it matte black, fit it round the tube, respray the masked area on the glass screen and finally put it all back together. One day...
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2009, 12:42:57 PM »
Fantastic stuff.
Also good to see Bomb Jack running on there ..... I wasted lots of money as a kid, playing Bomb Jack at the arcades.

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2009, 12:49:15 PM »
Definately arcade porn! Nice one Womble! ;)
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2009, 01:04:58 PM »
I wonder if the wife would notice if I kicked out our 12 year old son and converted him room  ;D

I think the trick is to claim some territory in the house before you have kids, then refuse to relinquish the territory. That was my plan, shame it has lumbered me with a big extension to fund. Still, key to that is a much better toyroom for me :) Need the room for more cabs, well 2 more probably - have an urge to get an Outrun and a Operation Wolf cab :) Then I can really party like its 1987!
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2009, 01:10:54 PM »
Operation Wolf

Now that was well wicked back in the day  :P

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2009, 01:11:51 PM »
Oooooh yeh! I was stunned when I first played that!
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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2009, 03:42:48 PM »
Love your repair log posts Womble...more more MORE :-)

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Re: Arcade Repair Logs
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2009, 02:01:54 AM »
Ahh alright then, if you twist my arm  ;)

Have added the Wec-Le-Mans repairlog, quite a satisfying fix - plenty of bad logic chips and when working through them the game slowly came back to life - and is still running fine about 9 months later so I hear.

Also just added another recent fix - a pair of Snow Bros boards.

Got another member's Rastan Saga board on the retro fettling bench at the moment, thats now 90% fixed so will post that one soon.
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