QA Podcast – Episode 21

QA Podcast - Episode 21

This episode of the podcast was recorded on Saturday, January 15. For more information on our podcast, please visit our iTunes page at All of our past episodes can be found there as well as a review section where you can leave us a comment on how we’re doing. On this episode, Tim and I answered your questions regarding…

  • A Playchoice 10 with several different issues
  • A X-Men (6-Player) with a bad monitor
  • A Star Wars with a bad motherboard
  • A Vigilante that’s playing blind
  • A Neo Geo with no sound
  • A NFL Blitz 2000 with some monitor issues
  • A Frogger cocktail with horizontal collapse
  • A Mortal Kombat II board with no picture
  • A Killer Instinct with a white screen
  • A Mario Bros. with red “smearing” on the monitor
  • A Donkey Kong cocktail with a power issue
  • A Pole Position with no sounds and nothing on the screen
  • A Donkey Kong with a cracked tube neck
  • A Ms. Pac Man 25th Anniversary cocktail that’s playing blind
  • A Pac Man with a slight bend in the screen
  • A Centipede cocktail with odd screen stretching
  • A Galaga bootleg (Gallag) with strange color issues
  • A Mortal Kombat II with game resetting issues
  • A Donkey Kong 3 with screen width issues
  • A Stargate with game resetting issues
  • A Golden Tee 2005 Fore with a shrunk screen
  • An Area 51 with gun calibration issues
  • A Rampage with horizontal lines on the screen
  • A Killer Instinct 2 with a monitor that goes off after 5-10 minutes
  • A Popeye with horizontal green lines on the screen
  • A Golden Tee 2005 Fore with just a dot in the middle of the screen
  • A Popeye with sprite number issues
  • A Space Invaders with monitor brightness issues
  • A Metal Slug X with cabinet trouble
  • A Gunblade NY DX missing a ground prong on the plug
  • And some tips on opening your own arcade.

We also go over some listener progress updates and discuss our thoughts on Tron: Legacy. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below. As always, you can contact us when we are off the air by email at or by calling our voicemail line at (972) 8AR-TIPS or (972) 827-8477. Enjoy!

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    paul juray

    hey pole position boards have test points right on the boards 5V 12V ground ect. ect. ect.

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    Killer Instinct white screen fail is Like wizzing on a electric fence!!!

    I have the same issue with my KI 1 board, it’s definitely not the monitor or wiring since i have 5 other games (including 2 sega w/ adapter harness) that play perfectly fine.

    By white screen if you mean white almost perfectly horizontal lines with orange lines vertical in the background, i don’t believe it’s your hard drive either (if it was the drive would almost definitely make some terrible noises like clunking ect)…

    I also had an upgraded Boot Prom on my KI board with a 3.5″ hard disk, lucky for me i saved my original 2.5″ laptop drive and original eprom. i swapped them back in and got no change what so ever which is extremely frustrating.

    I’ve tried everything i can think of including testing the 5v lines on my edge connector and on the board getting 5.045v on each. Sometimes i can get it to the blue screen where it just loops but not 100% of the time.

    It’s as i said extremely frustrating, especially since this is one of my absolute favorite childhood games and they are getting very expensive to replace. i’m currently looking for someone/someplace that will repair/clean/test this board as i would hate to see 1 less out there.

    To the guy that got an 80$ Dedicated cabinet: i think i saw your vids, i shake my fist at how lucky you are!! goodluck with it and enjoy it!

    excellent podcast, great info!

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