Pac-man Marquee Light Replacement

Pac-man Marquee Light Replacement Spring break for the kids always finds us on the road somewhere. This year, it was off to our place in Santa Barbara for a couple of days mid week to celebrate Blake’s sweet 16th birthday. After the visit to the requisite favorite eateries and the beach, work had to be done on the house, which included taking a look at a couple of arcade systems that were apparently on the...
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Defender Persistent Memory Troublesh...

Defender Persistent Memory Troubleshooting and Repair So, after determining that the power-up issue with the Defender system at Palm Springs Midmod was a minor issue with the back panel service power cut-off switch, restoring power revealed that the persistent memory of the unit was not working properly. This is almost invariably an issue with the battery that powers the persistent memory when AC power is shut from the system. I...
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Defender Power On Troubleshooting

And Defender makes three! That’s right, 3 out of 4 game systems at our Palm Springs Midmod property were DOI (dead on inspection)! I knew about Frogger after a guest had lamented that the game system, one of her favorites, worked for only a day during their stay, but having both Defender and Tempest also on fritz was really disappointing. Tempest, would require more expert...
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BurgerTime Power Supply Cleanup

BurgerTime Power Supply Cleanup As part of the BurgerTime cabinet repair I undertook, I needed to remove everything that was affixed to the bottom panel of the game so the panel could be replaced. This included the original power supply unit, which was screwed to the bottom of the cabinet as well as a switching power supply that was added sometime later to power the game board when the original power supply...
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BurgerTime Cabinet Repair

BurgerTime Cabinet Repair Well, it’s been over 3 years since I picked up my BurgerTime system and I am finally getting around to working on it. When I initially got it, I was excited to restore it and launched into a heavy cleaning of the unit. Aside from the need for a general cleanup, the biggest issue I was aware of was the water damage the cabinet had endured at its base. The bottom particle...
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Sega Out Run Upright

San Diego continues to have a dearth of reasonably priced arcade classics available through Craigslist, so I have extended my search to Orange County, the Inland Empire, and even the Coachella Valley areas. This approach bore fruit a few weeks back when Blake and I made a road trip to the city of Orange to pick-up a BurgerTime upright. This time the object of my affection,...
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