Arcade Game Restorations - Second Chance Arcade

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Work In Progress
Midway Space Invaders
Defender To MAME Conversion
Street Fighter
Pole Position II
Karate Champ
Red Alert
Electronic Pachinko

Finished Work
Nishjin Pachinko
Taco Slot Machine
Getter Mouse Slot Machine
Williams Arcade Bowler Nishjin Pachinko

How To's
Pachislo Token To Quarter Conversion
Wiring Fluorescent Lights
Artwork Restoration

Stalled Projects
MP3 Jukebox

Arcade Controller/Encoder
Home Grown Spinner

Older Projects
Stand-Alone Control Panel
Keyboard Encoder

Pachislo Manual
Old Polls

Old News

Buyer Beware!
Electronics Workbench


What's News

September 28, 2000

Thanks (again) to a friend of mine, I got a lead on a free Red Alert machine in Alpharetta GA.  I just got the machine in the house and added a page with some initial info.  Something interesting I noticed is that the monitor is the same one I have in the Zaxxon machine I'm restoring.  From comparing the two monitors, I think that a daughter-board is missing from the monitor in Zaxxon.

I also talked to someone in Atlanta who has a Mr. Do's Castle PCB, control panel and Marquee that I'll be picking up on Saturday.  I've always wanted a dedicated Mr. Do's Castle so I hope to do a conversion.  I also have some sideart coming for Mr. Do's Castle.

September 27, 2000

I sat down with my Space Invaders power supply once again to repair it.  For the time being I'm just surveying the damage, testing components and making a list of what I need to replace.  The +12v and -5v seems to be working fine.  All I was able to replace tonight was a variable voltage regulator.

I took a little time to checkout the monitor on my Zaxxon machine.  The B+ voltage is 172 which is way too high.  The over-voltage protection is kicking in and keeping the monitor from powering up.  I'll try to obtain a better schematic of the monitor tomorrow so I can disable the over-protection.  I'll also order a cap kit while I'm at it.

September 25, 2000

Today I finished wiring the Zaxxon cabinet I'm restoring and powered it up with the boards installed.  Unfortunately it didn't work.  No sound, no video.  The tube didn't light up and the speaker didn't get even pop.  I checked my connections and did a little troubleshooting on the monitor.  It has power and the fuse is good.  I'll try swapping in a different board later and putting the Zaxxon boards onto a known good monitor.  I update the Galaga/Zaxxon section and added some photos if you'd like to take a look.

I also received my set of Space Invaders PCB's and connected them up on a test bench.  They actually worked!!  Now I have to fix the power supply again or pitch it and re-wire the cabinet with a different power supply.  I'm still debating what to do.  The boards I received from e-bay are actually Space Invaders Part II.  The difference seems to be a little faster play and a color composite image.  I'll most likely swap in a different set of ROM's so I have the original Space Invaders.

September 23, 2000

I disassembled the Zaxxon joystick to prepare it for painting and re-wiring.  I managed to locate a new LED assembly and holder at Radio Shack.  I polished the chrome trigger with some "Mothers mag & wheel" chrome polish, making it look like new.

September 22, 2000

I disassembled the Zaxxon control panel and peeled off the old overlay.  The previous overlay was not from Zaxxon and was ripped, scratched and otherwise looked terrible.  Underneath is a gray metal control panel that's in great shape.  After cleaning off the glue I'll probably mount the controls back onto the panel and wait for an opportunity to pick up an overlay.


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