QA Podcast – Episode 52

QA Podcast - Episode 52

This episode of the podcast was recorded on Tuesday, August 18, 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…

  • A Defender that doesn’t power up
  • A San Francisco Rush: The Rock that shows “no signal” on the monitor
  • Discharging other high voltage components with a discharging tool
  • Adjusting the temperature on your soldering iron for the correct job
  • A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with no red on the screen
  • A Space Invaders 2 cocktail table with a burned out capacitor
  • A Mouse Trap with a picture that randomly collapses
  • A Sega Turbo with raster lines on the monitor but no picture
  • A Millipede where only the spider character can kill you
  • A Xybots that doesn’t save the horizontal and vertical adjustments
  • A Space Invaders Pinball with non-working solenoids
  • Dealing with a frozen horizontal width coil on a monitor chassis
  • Adjusting the horizontal width coil using the correct tool
  • A Pac Man with a broken sound wire on the harness
  • A Street Fighter 2 that’s missing the character sprites
  • Hooking up the white connector on a PC to JAMMA adapter
  • Using a Neo Geo board in a X-Men Vs. Street Fighter cabinet
  • Installing a 60-in-1 conversion kit in a Pac Man cocktail table
  • Adjusting various settings on a multigame board
  • Recommending the best arcade monitor for different projects
  • Installing a fan in an Atari arcade cabinet
  • Discharging a monitor before you remove it
  • An arcade monitor that will power off after a couple of hours
  • Working on an arcade monitor that’s missing the control/adjustment board
  • A Silent Scope with a bad graphics card
  • And a Juno First where the coin switches and controls are not working

We also talk about the use of PC-based arcade cabinets that use emulation in a commercial setting at The Game Is Afoot Arcade in Pennsylvania (including an interview with Louie from our Facebook community), explore Craigslist post involving a School Bus Arcade and discuss a list of 11 old-school arcade games that stole your youtbe. 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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