Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

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Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by davewellington » January 7th, 2012, 10:47 am

Figured it might be fun to make a topic to vent frustration.

Arcade games, arcade machines, for me at least, they're fault magnets. I can't seem to go a few days without something new ******* up royally. Today tuning the colours on a NAC, the red cutoff pot broke and is now stuck on maximum, making the cab unplayable :palm: Also attempted a repair on my Wellon VP-280 as advised by their support team, which screwed up big time ( to the point that I binned it).

****** me off! Sometimes I wonder why I put up with it. Share your latest arcade disasters to make me feel better about my misfortunes :cry:
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Hewitson » January 7th, 2012, 11:06 am

I had a Colour RAM fault on a Hellfire board I picked up for $5, located the faulty IC in a matter of seconds and thought it'd be a nice easy fix. New chip installed and nothing but white vertical lines scrolling down the screen, much worse off than before. :palm:
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by thomj » January 7th, 2012, 11:09 am

As if kernow needs more posts :awe:

Arcade Casualties - the hobby where Kern breaks everything

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by LoRez » January 7th, 2012, 11:34 am

thomj wrote:As if kernow needs more posts :awe:

Arcade Casualties - the hobby where Kern breaks everything
and has now set about breaking the very room that houses his arcade stuff :awe:

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by SuperPang » January 7th, 2012, 11:35 am

It's the worst hobby in the world when things go wrong. Thankfully, I've had a good run lately, except for my Pony chassis falling off but thankfully it survived. In the last couple of years it's been crappy new PC hardware that's been the bane of my life.

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by kernow » January 7th, 2012, 12:13 pm

:( :(
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Paulie » January 7th, 2012, 6:12 pm

In my experience with this hobby when all is 8-) its an :awe: hobby

When something goes wrong it's :problem: after :problem: after :problem: with a lot of :? sprinkled in to the mix (I'm not too tecchy so what may be easy for some of you chaps often seems quite baffling to me)

It makes me :( sometimes I could :cry: if I fix something and alls :awe: again and all forgiven after a bit of :palm:

but usually :cry: turns to :mad: to :evil:

My current problem is with a boot Snow Bros board. All was well then a month or two ago I plug it in and graphics were glitchy in places, no sweat this has happend to tons of boards (and home console carts) in the past clean the edge connector and all will be good again. Not this time! I cleaned the pins no difference, I clean them again and still the same, I try some other boards on my supergun and all are fine, I try it again still the same. Get fed up with messing with it and pack it away. Get it out again the day after and mess with the voltages still the same, remove all socketed chips, clean and replace them, still the same, loose my wrag with it and back it goes. A few days pass it's back out again **** about with it, get frustrated and back it goes and that's the routine, I'm pretty sure that now I'll not fix it, but it's just drving me insane and I can't leave it alone, until I do something that eff's it up for good then I'll be wishing I just left it be until I had more info on when to do to fix it.

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by skykid » January 8th, 2012, 2:09 am

Welcome to my world. I take stuff out of the cupboard where it's been sitting at a comfortable temperature in anti static bag in a roomy box, stick it on and it's suddenly ****.

Either that or I tinker with something and **** it up myself. :)
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Paulie » January 8th, 2012, 12:19 pm

skykid wrote:Welcome to my world. I take stuff out of the cupboard where it's been sitting at a comfortable temperature in anti static bag in a roomy box, stick it on and it's suddenly ****.
I've always stored them just the same as you mate except my pcb's are sandwiched and screwed to 2 thin sheets of MDF (top and bottom), for added protection, the board can't flex, keeps more dust off it etc etc, and I'm really really careful whenever I handle anything arcade releated, but still things go wrong :?

skykid wrote:Either that or I tinker with something and **** it up myself. :)
So it's not just me then. Although I maintain I do have a particular talent for this area of the hobby ;)

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by skykid » January 8th, 2012, 8:00 pm

Paulie wrote:
skykid wrote:Welcome to my world. I take stuff out of the cupboard where it's been sitting at a comfortable temperature in anti static bag in a roomy box, stick it on and it's suddenly ****.
I've always stored them just the same as you mate except my pcb's are sandwiched and screwed to 2 thin sheets of MDF (top and bottom), for added protection, the board can't flex
I'm guessing they're stored horizontally instead of vertically then? You should switch them upright. ;)
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Paulie » January 8th, 2012, 8:22 pm

skykid wrote:
Paulie wrote:
skykid wrote:Welcome to my world. I take stuff out of the cupboard where it's been sitting at a comfortable temperature in anti static bag in a roomy box, stick it on and it's suddenly ****.
I've always stored them just the same as you mate except my pcb's are sandwiched and screwed to 2 thin sheets of MDF (top and bottom), for added protection, the board can't flex
I'm guessing they're stored horizontally instead of vertically then? You should switch them upright. ;)
No I store them all vertically (like books on a shelf) Like I said I just have a talent for **** PCB's up :palm:

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by supergoose » January 13th, 2012, 8:18 pm

spmbx wrote:Ended up basically necking a 19" monitor (well 2 of them) trying to stick it in an 18" cab. Switching to the lcd route eventhough i dont want to :/
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Paulie » January 20th, 2012, 9:12 pm

More hair tearing with Vampire Hunter CPSII (Pheonixed), was working fine, pulled it from one of my cabs before it had to go into storage about a year ago and now dead as a effin Dodo :palm:

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Rossyra » January 20th, 2012, 9:15 pm

As good a reason as any to convert it to Progear :awe:
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Paulie » January 20th, 2012, 9:29 pm

Rossyra wrote:As good a reason as any to convert it to Progear :awe:
Sadly I'm not as technical as a lot of you boys, it would be cool but I'm not too big to admit I know my limitations :oops: I'm still terrified of monitors and have never discharged one :palm: I can't even blame it on being a noob, I've had cabs since my early 20's, I guess some people never learn :lol:

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by AeroCityMayor » January 20th, 2012, 9:38 pm

Rossyra wrote:As good a reason as any to convert it to Progear :awe:
Converting to a different PAL is usually problematic in my experience.

Probably best just to repair that bad boy IMVHO

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Rossyra » January 20th, 2012, 9:43 pm

VS2 is compatbile with Progear ;)
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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by AeroCityMayor » January 20th, 2012, 9:45 pm

Rossyra wrote:VS2 is compatbile with Progear ;)
But not VH2 ;)

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by Rossyra » January 20th, 2012, 9:50 pm

D'oh, yeah repair it

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Re: Arcade Casualties - the hobby where everything breaks

Post by luke2fr » January 20th, 2012, 10:17 pm

alienmame wrote:
Rossyra wrote:VS2 is compatbile with Progear ;)
But not VH2 ;)

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