QA Podcast – Episode 50

QA Podcast - Episode 50

This episode of the podcast was recorded on Friday, June 26, 2015. For more information on our podcast, please visit our iTunes page at or our Stitcher page at All of our past episodes can be found at these locations along with review sections where you can leave us a comment on how we’re doing. On this episode, Tim and Jonathan answered your arcade repair questions regarding…

  • The best power supply to use for a work bench setup
  • A pinball machine where every time a coil fires it blows a fuse
  • Using a Min Dong 16 amp power supply with a Pac Man to JAMMA adapter
  • Different methods for making a connection between two wires
  • A Displaytech monitor that was working but now shows 3 images after a cap kit
  • A Galaga 3 that plays blind
  • Connecting wires to a 60-in-1 board
  • An arcade machine that plays blind
  • Using a vertical JAMMA board in a cabinet with a horizontally mounted monitor
  • An arcade cabinet that has been operated by a swimming pool and is currently broken
  • A JAMMA cabinet where the bottom of the screen has lots of black and some lines of color
  • Removing an arcade monitor from a cabinet without discharging it
  • An Atomic Punk cabinet that’s playing blind
  • A Mechanized Attack with a display that has disappeared
  • A Out Run mini with a green horizontal line on the monitor
  • A Missile Command with a thin horizontal line on the screen
  • Connecting a JAMMA board to a standard TV screen
  • Replacing a flyback on a monitor chassis
  • An arcade cabinet with a small image that gets bigger after a few minutes
  • A Cruis’n USA with blown bulbs inside the rectangular view push buttons
  • An arcade cabinet that needs a new bulb
  • An arcade cabinet that’s playing blind bus the fuse is OK
  • An arcade cabinet that doesn’t register a credit when the coin door is closed
  • Changing out the harness/boards in a Virtua Striker 2 arcade cabinet
  • Using a Tekken board in a Marvel vs. Capcom arcade cabinet
  • A Cherry Master 8-liner game with a solid white screen
  • A Space Invaders that needs a new power supply
  • A Space Invaders with water damaged sides
  • A Street Fighter 2 that’s missing the screen adjustments
  • An arcade game that’s struggling to get 5 VDC from the power supply
  • And a Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition with sounds issues

We also talk about some bad caps that we found while working on projects, explore the recent issues with Magic Girl pinball from Zidware/John Popadiuk, take an 80s video game quiz that we found online and discuss the history of Arcade Repair Tips. 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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