Repair: Not Too Fly For A Simpsons
Last weekend I had some guests over that I was giving away some free arcade parts to. As the norm, the arcade was fired up.
Some time into the evening, we were hanging out near Simpsons and Williams row. Suddenly we hear a high pitched
screeching sound. I looked over at the Simpsons arcade and saw white noise lightning on the monitor.
Luckily we happened to be right there, so I quickly pulled out the game and unplugged it. The air now smelled like fresh ozone.
I pulled off the back door and temporarily turned the game back on to observe what I suspected was a bad flyback. There it was,
the flyback had a crack in it and was sparking. Yep, it definitely bit the dust in that monitor.
Vintage Vault Arcade Tour
Straight from the Vintage Vault Arcade! Love doing work Zoom calls from the bar. Yeah, that's my home office now.
Birthday Parties Down In The Vault!
March is a busy month for us. We have 3 family birthdays for in March, so the girls each received a party down in the Vintage Vault Arcade. That's a lot of girls, a lot of soda, a lot of candy and a lot of pizza. A few parents even joined in the fun close to pickup time. Enjoy the photos!
Repair: Road Burners - Out Of Time
When recently firing up the arcade, I noticed my Atari Road Burners attract mode sound on FULL BLAST. All my games have attract
mode turned off, so obviously something was not right in the settings. I go into the game settings, lower the volume and turn off
attract mode and restart the game. It goes to full blast sound again. So recently I had a Joust with no sound, but now I have a game
blasting full sound. I go back into the menu settings and this time notice a red message that said replace low battery. Well then, thats
definitely a problem. This bad battery not only caused all sounds to go back to default, but steering calibration and high scores also will no longer save.
At this point I'm thinking a standard CR2032 battery which I keep plenty of. Unfortunately I'm not so lucky.
A lot of Atari boards of this era use a yellow rectangle looking IC battery which snaps on top of another IC socket. Defintely a weird setup.
Strangely enough its called a Timekeeper battery. Luckily there are suppliers that keep these in stock.
Not as cheap as a CR2032 battery, but cerrtainly not too bad of a price to fix a problem.
Repair: Joust Goes Silent
Recently I decided to set my sights on Joust for some high score fun, and wouldn't you know it... the sound was gone... or nearly gone.
Let me explain. I could hear all the sounds, but it was almost at a volume level of "1". So I get out the keys, open up the coin door and
crank that volume all the way up to "10+". Still, I could barely hear anything.