QA Podcast – Episode 24

QA Podcast - Episode 24

This episode of the podcast was recorded on Saturday, April 23, 2011. 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 Donkey Kong Jr. board that only plays levels 1 & 4
  • A Track And Field with no picture or sound
  • A Mortal Kombat 2 that’s playing blind
  • A Sunset Riders with blurring and bending near the top of the screen
  • A Ms. Pac Man cocktail with sound but a blank monitor
  • An Outrun with scrambled video and no sound
  • A Street Fighter II with a jittery monitor
  • A Donkey Kong that needs some cabinet refurbishment
  • A Neo Geo with no red showing on the monitor
  • A Pac Man with a mirroring effect on the screen
  • A Killer Instinct that will restart or shut down at random
  • An Area 51 that won’t allow you to shoot the bottom of the screen
  • An Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 with sparking issues
  • A Centipede with nothing on the screen
  • A CPS-2 game that tends to reset a lot
  • A Crusin’ USA that’s missing a steering wheel motor
  • A Sega Super GT/Scud Race Twin with washed out colors
  • A Pac Man cocktail that’s playing blind
  • A Galaga cocktail flickering “game over” on the screen
  • A Pac Man cocktail with sound but monitor is black
  • A Super Mario Bros with a ROM hack
  • A Silent Scope 2 with the main screen not working
  • A Golden Tee 4 with a wavy, washed out screen
  • A NBA Jam TE missing the color red on screen
  • A Mortal Kombat with a dog chewed harness
  • A Mortal Kombat 2 missing coin door lights
  • A Gorf with a scrolling sideways screen
  • A Killer Instinct that needs to be set up for coin play
  • A Street Fighter II Hyper Fighter that needs a new joystick
  • And our thoughts on what certain arcade games are worth.

We also go over some listener progress updates and discuss some good tips to follow when transporting arcade games. 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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    I purchased a California speed without a monitor. Tried to use a gonbes 8200 converter card. After many days of troubleshooting, all I can get out of the card is a black screen. Tried all of the recommended settings. My question is how can I test my jamma video outputs to isolate the pcb or video card ?

    Lost in Texas

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    Jonathan Leung


    California Speed is a medium resolution game which means that the gonbes adapter settings need to be changed to medium resolution mode to display anything. A post I read a while back on one of the arcade forums mentioned something about changing the clamp st and clamp sp settings. Here’s a link to the manual that mentions something about these settings: You might try adjusting them to see if you get anything. Hope that helps.

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