Picked this up on "Vidiot for a Day" from Mike(masco73 over at KLOV) for $100 in non-working, slightly beat-up, but complete condition.
Mike brought it down with some other stuff to sell that day and I have to admit when I first saw it I wasn't thinking too highly of it. The biggest problem was the front leg leveler plates were broken off so the game had a rocking chair type sway about it. Then there's the Willis control panel overlay... man that thing is U*G*L*Y!
After things settled down in the evening, a few KLOV members started to troubleshoot the game because... well... some guys just love the thrill of getting a game working again! Wish I took a picture of people with their heads in the game, but of course you don't think of that type of thing until later. Thanks go to RetroHacker and Cmd_Brain for really, and I do mean REALLY getting into the repair!
The game was mostly working by the time everybody cleared out. Only thing left to do for me the next day was replace one more RAM(we replaced ~10 the night before), replace a buffer on the I/O card so the ship would stop going down all the time, replace a buffer and CPU on the sound PCB, and fix a bunch of cold solder joints on a Wells-Gardner 4600 daughtercard. WOW... I guess there was ALOT wrong with this game!
Next up is to replace the horrible CPO with a repro from ArcadeShop.com. Steven was out of the glossy finish CPOs but he still had a couple of the original textured repros left. It should be here early next week so I'm hoping to have it done by the next weekend.
My daughter Sophie helped me get the new monitor in and adjusted. It's odd... this monitor looked like butt in our Crazy Climber but in Stargate it looks great! You just can never tell how things will work out sometimes.
Oh, and I finally looked into why the coin return lights wouldn't work and I found out that 4 out of 5 fuses were the wrong value and one was blown. Nice... I've only had the game for two years...
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