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NOTE: We have also owned a Battlezone Cabaret in the past.

Battlezone

Saw an ad on Craigslist for five free games so I replied ASAP. The guy was clearing out some room in his garage and liked my email because it was short and to the point. Basically all I said is "I have a truck and can pick them up tonight." The five games included 2-Battlezones, 2-Omega Races, and a Space Panic.

Battlezone - periscope

This Battlezone was complete, but pretty dirty from sitting in storage for years. At one point it suffered some slight water damage but it isn't too bad.

Battlezone - front

The sideart was originally very dirty and had some oil on it. Magic Erasers once again proved to be magic and after 5 or 6 hours of cleaning the art looks great now.

Battlezone - Side Art

The control panel is in decent condition, there is some rust and some of the paint has worn, but overall it's in good shape... especially considering the price!

Battlezone - Control Panel

Over the past few months I fixed the PCB and the game was working... but the HV diode died recently and after replacing it I'm having problems with the retrace lines not being blanked. It's a problem in the monitor because the game PCBs test good in our cabaret. Luckily the person giving away the games also had a couple extra monitors...

Battlezone - monitors

Battlezone - monitors

Hopefully I'll get the game working soon because I'm addicted!
UPDATE: 01-21-2010
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UPDATE: 01-25-2010
Ended up NOT being the monitor... gotta love it. Not sure how I screwed up there... my only guess is the monitor just needed the brightness adjusted in the test rig. Dummy!!! But at least now I have two working monitors and one that just needs a HV Diode.

So... I started working on the real problem tonight... the PCB. The Z-output is doing some funny things. Sometimes when you turn the game on it's around .5v while other times it's around 1.5v... it's pretty random.

I started tracing back from the edge connector and it seems like the F8 74LS175 is acting flaky. The inputs seem to be correct but the outputs are getting stuck high one time and low the next. There is a 74LS399 at H8 that could be back feeding I guess so I'm going to replace that also. I just need to get both chips tomorrow at the local electronics store.
UPDATE: 02-14-2010
The local parts place didn't have a 74LS399 so I went to the KLOV forums and asked if anyone had one I could buy. Craig(aka bit_slicer) replied and sent me a couple for free! After replacing the 74LS399@H8, Zout is now acting correctly. Boy I missed this game. Thanks again Craig!!!

I also found the POKEY had 4 or 5 cracked legs during testing after replacing that 399... I cleaned the legs a while ago since they were so dirty and never noticed the "loose legs". After swapping in a good POKEY the BZ has been perking away for hours.
UPDATE: 01-12-2011
Last fall I was on the fence about keeping or selling the second Battlezone. After some thinking I decided I'd try to keep it if I could find a non-periscope kit... which I did.

Battlezone #2

The kit was complete but it was in pretty rough condition and the marquee was totally unusable since it was heavily scratched. Luckily I found another marquee at QuarterArcade.com.

Battlezone #2 - left side

I have to say, after getting the games arranged, I'm thrilled we got the chance to obtain these two Battlezones.

Battlezones


UPDATE: 03-02-2011
The PCB set in the non-periscope game started to act up a while ago and for the life of me I can't figure it out. Here's a video of what it's doing...
I ended up waving the white flag and sent it out to road.runner(@KLOV) to look at. I'm keeping my finger's crossed for him.
UPDATE: 06-26-2011
I received the PCB back from road.runner and it works great! I replaced the 74LS194 data shifters at A5, B5, C5, and D5 but I missed the two at A6 and D6 which were both bad.

Right after I received this one back I sent him my spare set that had issues also. And again, I received back a working board!

I ended up selling the periscope Battlezone last month since we are out of room in the basement. The non-periscope Battlezone is next to Red Baron and I just love the way these two look together. I still do have the periscope in case we want to play it that way.
UPDATE: 03-03-2013
Adjusted the monitor last weekend in the Battlezone and it's never looked better. Last year sometime I had to work on it and I never really adjusted the brightness and contrast right. It was playable... but dim. Now it looks great!
REPAIRS TO DATE:
(AS OF: 03-03-2013)
  • Cleaned everything
  • Fixed PCB
  • Repaired 3 monitors
  • Installed High Score Kit
  • Repaired PCB again (74LS175@F8, 74LS399@H8)
  • Replaced POKEY
  • Replaced two high voltage diodes
  • Installed non-periscope kit in one BZ
  • Sent PCB out for repair
  • Sent spare PCB set out for repair
  • Replaced 74LS194 at A5, A6, B5, C5, D5 & D6
  • Adjusted monitor

TO BE DONE:
  • Repaint non-periscope kit
  • Replace step rubber on one BZ
  • Fix PCB when it breaks again

Site maintained by: Jeff
Page created: 01-21-2010
Last update: 03-03-2013