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Question from AJ: Hey, I’ve been trying to repair my game console and I don’t have any keys and I’m not looking to drill it out so if you know anything on how I’m going to open it please let me know. Model is 2001 Ms. Pac Man / Galaga 20th anniversary edition cabinet. Please help. AJ
Response from Jonathan: AJ,
Pretty much your only option to open the cabinet outside of using the keys or drilling the lock is to hire a locksmith to open it for you. Now, it’s important to note that even locksmiths can have a hard time opening certain types of locks so you might want to send a picture of your lock to some that are in your area to see if they can open it and to get an estimate of the cost. Of course, you could buy a lock pick set yourself and spend some time watching YouTube videos on the subject but it can take a while to get good at this particular skill.
Drilling out the lock is really the cheapest and fastest option if you don’t have a key. It’s a pretty quick process and all you have to do when you are finished is vacuum out the cabinet, remove the original lock, replace it with a new lock and your done. Check out our post on Replacing A Coin Door Lock for more information. Of course, the choice is yours.
Hope that helps. Thank you for your question and good luck opening your cabinet.
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