Back at it today on repair work...
Spent some time in the game room today tackling repairs with a friend of mine. We got through about half of my "to do" list:
* My Tutankham has been down for a while now with graphics glitches and no sound. Suspected the original Stern 1200 linear power supply had gone bad, which is not at all unusual for the Stern 1200s as they were a crap design much like the linear power supplies in Taito games of the same era. Ordered a new Suzo Happ switching power supply with Konami/Stern adapter from Arcade Shop and we installed it today, only to see absolutely no change whatsoever. So the problem is definitely on the board set. Posted a "Want to Buy" on the KLOV forums and already have a lead on another board set. Hoping it tests 100% working and I can get it. Really want to get this game up and running again.
Acquired another Tutankham
board set via KLOV and installed it today. It is now back up and working 100%. Will try to get my original Tutankham
board set repaired to keep as a backup.
Things I wanted to do but we didn't get to today...
* I wanted to pull the essentially brand new Betson Imperial monitor out of Kicker and swap it into my Qix 412-in-1, and put Qix's original G07 with some Qix burn into Kicker in preparation for selling Kicker, but pulling the monitor out of Kicker proved to be a bigger ordeal than we anticipated (it's in a converted Scramble cabinet), so we tabled that for now. The Electrohome G07 monitor doesn't do so hot with JAMMA boards, so with it hooked up to a 60-in-1 or 412-in-1 (or any newer board, really) you will see the curl on the left side of the screen that the G07 is infamous for, sometimes even with the curl mod implemented. The G07 seems to work beautifully with golden era games but anything newer it doesn't really like. We'll get these monitors swapped next time, and then I can sell Kicker to make room for my new Stern Rescue.
Tried this monitor swap today. The G07 that came out of Qix
couldn't be mounted in Kicker
since the G07 frame's bolt holes don't line up, so we installed a spare K4600 I had on hand. The newer Betson Imperial from Kicker
wouldn't fit into Qix
since its horizontal mount frame sticks out too far in the back and you can't close the back door. We're going to transplant the Betson's tube and chassis into a vertical mount frame so it can be installed in Qix
Pulled the Circus Charlie
board set out of Kicker
and reinstalled my Kicker
board set, only to find it wouldn't boot at all. I had a second Kicker
board that worked but had sprite issues. Swapped two ROMs from the dead board to the backup board to fix the sprite issue and that fixed the backup board. Backup board installed. Kicker
is now ready to be sold. Will try to get the original Kicker
board fixed so it can be sold as well. Will probably keep the Circus Charlie
board for now, but will likely sell it on KLOV when I find someone doing a Circus Charlie
restore who needs a board set.
* Rescue needs its marquee light fixed. Probably a bad FS-2 starter or bulb, or both.
Turns out the fluorescent bulb was missing entirely. Installed an 18" 15-watt bulb I had on the shelf and it fired right up. Installed new locks and set the game up for free play, and Rescue
is now ready to rock.
back into the game room. Moved Kicker
out into the bullpen (hallway).
Still need to rebuild the K4600 monitor in Alpine Ski
. Also need to rebuild the Sanyo 20EZ I recently pulled from Donkey Kong
so I can swap it into Mario Bros.
Also on the "to do" list is the installation of the VectorLabs Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back
multi kit into my Empire Strikes Back
upright. Also need to install new locks in Black Widow
and do some minor cabinet repair on it. That's pretty much it; the rest is minor stuff or mostly cosmetic, like removing the very noisy back door fan from Congo Bongo
and installing repro side art on Donkey Kong
could use a control panel overhaul; it needs a new repro overlay and a proper 3.5" Wico 4-way leaf joystick.