Repair: Super Offroad steering denied
Another machine with a problem... again. I suppose with 25 year old machines what do you expect. One of the steering wheels in my Super Offroad stopped working. I swapped out another steering wheel and it worked just fine, which means my problem was not on the main pcb. I got out my trusty multimeter and started at the optocoupler board. The voltages were a bit off. Now the optocoupler board has a 7414 IC chip which inverts the signal, and when I originally got the game the gates on the IC were blown. I moved the wires to different gates for awhile but apparently it decided to give me trouble again. Pictured to the right is the nasty, naughty chip that brought my steering to a halt. I didn't have a 7114 IC chip, but I did have a 7404 which is also an inverter chip, just not with the exact same specs. Well, I figured I might as well give it a try before placing an order and spending money. I put in the new chip, fire up the game and much to my surprise I now have full steering again. Final note to that 7414, enjoy your new life in the silican garbage dump. Now you have been denied. Ha!
Stupid Game, I'm Going To Put A Cap In That Donkey Kong
No, I'm not going to shoot it. The monitor on my Donkey Kong machine was shutting down after 10 to 15 minutes, letting the game play blind with a nice black screen. Yeah, thanks guys.
So I decide I'm going to "cap" the monitor, which means replacing all the electrolytic capacitors in the monitor with new ones in hopes of reviving the monitor. I also decide to replace
the voltage regulator which regulates the B+ voltage and could also be a culprit. I have 3 events planned in April with lots of people, and I wasn't going to have a broken Donkey Kong
machine in the bunch. No sir. So I place my order with Bob Roberts.
What does this have to do with a gameroom?
Why everything of course! Most arcades had some type of concession stand, some type of tables and chairs, some type of hang out area.
What's an arcade without a coke and some nachos? Where are you supposed to put it? Not on that Dig Dug cocktail or pool table if I can help it.
I'll bounce you right out of the place.
Snack Bar In Progress / Q*bert Repair
Here is a picture of the snack bar in progress. Oak wood panels have been installed, oak footboard pieces are now installed, and a nice rectangular
design has been finished. When stained the designs in the oak wood are going to really pop. I still have the top of the bar to finish, which will overhang
about 8 inches. This is the last part of the gameroom that needs to be finished and will make it an awesome hangout area.
The Donkey Kong Trifecta
I had recently picked up an Eight Ball Action game that was originally a Donkey Kong. My plan, to turn it back into a Donkey Kong. You see I liked the game so much that when I picked up a Donkey Kong 3 at an auction
ago some time ago I immediately put Donkey Kong parts in it so I could play the game. All this time the cab still had the Donkey Kong 3 sideart, I left that alone because I knew someday it would be back. I had kept all the Donkey Kong 3 parts
for a day of reckoning.
The New Basement Arcade
The basement arcade is nearly finished. This arcade has been christened the Vintage Vault - Arcade and Gameroom. Below are a couple of pictures.
New Acquisition: Eight Ball Action or Donkey Kong?
Definitely a Craigslist oddball (or shall we say eight ball). This looks like an Eight Ball Action and plays like an Eight Ball Action. However, the ID on the metal plate on the back says it is definitely a Donkey Kong.
I open up the inside and the boardset ID's it as a Donkey Kong. So what gives? Well the Eight Ball Action game was a ROM swap on Donkey Kong boards to make it
a new game so an operator can make more money.
Repair log: Galaga
I had all the games powered up the other night and noticed the sound cutting out on the Galaga. I power cycled it a few times and then it started to freeze up
during the boot process. After restarting it 5 times in a row it would not get past the boot. At one point it froze right after showing RAM OK and ROM OK, so I know
the problem was not with RAM and ROM chips.
New Acquisition: A Super Off Road project game
I ran across a pictureless ad on Craigslist for a non-working Super Off Road arcade game. The ad stated that the highest offer would get it. I decided
to shoot a really low ball figure to the guy, sight unseen. Much to my surprise I get a phone call saying I can come pick up the game. When I get home that night from work
I call the guy to get directions. No answer. After several emails and voice messages I figure the guy changed his mind. The next day he gives me another call. I make sure he isn't
able to back out again so I show up immediately. My guess is that he tried to make a deal with someone else for more money and it fell
That's Not An Arcade Machine
No it is not. But I brought that Harvard bad boy down into the gameroom anyways. It is one solid piece of work, definitely built to withstand
a beating. I couldn't pass up an offer to bring it home so I spent 4 hours round trip picking this one up. Unfortunately it wouldn't fit in my van
even with the legs off so I had to disassemble the entire game rods and all. When I got it home I then had to reassemble it together again.
Repair: Defender Is Alive!
When moving to the new house, all the games were kept in the garage while the basement arcade was under construction. Once completed, all the games
were moved into the arcade.
Laying Ceramic Tile
The ceramic tile has now been installed for the bar area. It's all coming together and looking good.
Still need to do the wookwork for the bar and install new windows. The windows were special ordered to fit
and were picked up today. Just need to find the time to get them installed with trimwork.
Filling Up The Basement Arcade
The baseboard has now been installed so this weekend I was able to move half my games into The Basement Arcade. This was the half that I could get down
the steps without too much difficulty. The others will have to wait until the snow on the ground dries up so I can come in through the walkout basement.
Not shown but now down in the arcade are Dig Dug, Open Ice, Pub Time Darts and the Megatouch Sapphire II touchscreen.