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Party at Mike's part 2
« on: March 25, 2019, 01:03:16 pm »
Party at my place. Games, food, beer, booze.

Come on out. The party is family friendly. All of my friends have young children. They are all still alive.  One of my friends is an ER doctor. We haven't required his services... yet.

Saturday April 20th.

I have 11 games working right now. Tempest stops working intermittently. Monaco GP is Out of Order.
I just got my Time Pilot cab delivered from MN. A KLOVer from MN was picking up a pin near my house.
I might have that up and running before the party.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 02:03:58 pm »
Sounds like a good time!

Is Lew invited? :lol

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 02:11:36 pm »
I canít wait for the facepunching to commence!!
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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 02:14:04 pm »
I thought you guys were my friends. ;D

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2019, 03:10:20 pm »
Are flights included with the beer? :)

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2019, 03:39:41 pm »
I thought you guys were my friends. ;D

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2019, 09:00:51 am »
Game line up as of today.

Centipede cocktail           - working
Asteroids Deluxe cocktail - working
Rave Racer                     - working
Pleiades                         - working
Championship Sprint       - working
Defender                        - working Using a JROK board until I fix my actual PCB
STUN Runner                  - working
Monaco GP cockpit          - NOT working -not sure if I will ever get to it. There is an FPGA board in the works.
Pole Position 2                - working
Tempest                         - sort of working. I can play a few games and then it stops working. It is on the repair list.
Vanguard                       - working
Pac Man cabaret             - NOT working
Pengo                            - working
Candy Cab                     - working. I have several PCBs I can shove in there. Right now its WW Cowboys of Moo Mesa.
Time Pilot                      - diagnosing. All of the parts are there. I also have spare CRTs and a known working PCB.
MAME cab                      - working

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2019, 08:24:25 pm »
Nice lineup man!

So, no fisticuffs with Sweet Lew? Bummer. Still, have fun!
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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2019, 12:20:14 pm »
My Vanguard machine works well except there was no "pew pew" sound when I hit the fire buttons.

I read through a couple of Vanguard repair logs. One of them had the exact same problem. The culprit was a burned out LM3900. I tested mine and it was toast.

I ordered up an new chip and a socket for it.

"pew pew" is back.

I am really inexperienced with desoldering. I have a cheap desoldering iron with the vacuum bulb attached. It is a chore to use.

Is that a bad tool for the job or is it just difficult to desolder 30 year old blobs?

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2019, 12:31:12 pm »
I had always used copper solder wick and its been a pain to desolder anything.  So when I was going to do my recent cap kit I looked into desoldering stations.  I saw a guy doing a cap kit in a video and he showed a Hakko desoldering iron that he said was awesome so I paused the video thinking I'm going to jump over to Amazon and buy one.  I searched and it popped up costing $350 and I fell out of my chair.  I mean I like having nice stuff but I'd need to be doing it daily to justify that price.  So I found another station that was $129 on Amazon and it has worked awesome.  Brand was Anesty.  Suck the solder off the pads in a couple seconds and the caps would fall out or easily be pulled off the board.  If I ran into stubborn spots where the old solder didn't want to melt I sometimes would add a touch of new solder which would break the ice and allow the whole ball of solder to melt.  I also tried one of those flux pens but it seemed to be more trouble than just adding a bit of new solder first.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2019, 12:47:15 pm »
Thank you for the information. I will look into that.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2019, 01:27:21 pm »
Pop off the bulb from your desoldering iron, put some tubing on it, and run the tubing to a shopvac.  Control the shopvac with a foot pedal (constant air flow will make the tip too cold).  As mentioned, melt a little fresh solder on everything first.  You'll make quick work out of it.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2019, 01:29:00 pm »
That sounds good. I have tubing and I have a shop vac. I will give it a shot.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2019, 01:37:17 pm »
Bro, just buy a Hakko. Donít Jim it up. :cheers:
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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2019, 02:01:12 pm »
Meh, $20 versus $200 for a tool you're gonna use twice.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2019, 02:04:02 pm »
Meh, $20 versus $200 for a tool you're gonna use twice.

Youíre nuts dude, mine has paid for itself a hundred times over. I use it, I share it at repair parties, Iíve even used it to fix clogs on my 3D printer.
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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2019, 02:14:28 pm »
Bro, just buy a Hakko. Donít Jim it up. :cheers:
Seconded. You pay for quality tools. The Hakko is amazing, no fuss, no question of cheap chinese parts. You'll be happy with your purchase after you use it for the first time.
Many people here will always side with cheaper price as a priority, but there are some things that you should spend a bit extra on if you want the job done right and efficiently.

I used to use a soldapullt frequently, I tried braids, I tried bulb suckers...all would take me forever to desolder, and it wouldn't come out clean or I would burn traces. After getting the Hakko, desoldering takes a fraction of the time and the results are clean and burn-free.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2019, 02:32:40 pm »
All I know is mine worked awesome.  I'll use the money I saved to buy you a beer.  Heck it could be years before I need it again.

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Desoldering-Station-Anesty-Professional/dp/B07542D82F/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1JHSO0I8HDYLE

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2019, 02:36:40 pm »
I have some thinking to do.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2019, 02:40:56 pm »
It's too late for me but if I had seen the Hakko for $200 I might have bought it.  All I see on Amazon are $300 and up except one is $263 and its not Amazon Prime.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2019, 10:15:21 pm »
Time pilot is now 100 percent playable. I had to hook a button up to the coin input for now. The guy before me stripped the coin door down probably to paint it. There are no mechs.
This game plays like butter. I bought a thoroughly refurbished Monroe joystick from A KLOVer. Two places near me have Time Pilot cabs. They both have a cheap replacement stick. It is just not the same.

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2019, 11:43:27 pm »
Fantastic. Time Pilot deserves the love. Unlike Zaxxon.  :timebomb:

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Re: Party at Mike's part 2
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2019, 01:18:44 pm »
I have to reschedule the party. A few of my friends told me the day before Easter wouldn't work. The next weekend is my daughter's 21st birthday party. The week after that I am at Zapcon. It looks like May 11th is the new party date. That gives you guys a couple more weeks to not come to the party. :P

I have a Rastan PCB that is working, but displaying colors incorrectly. It should be operating correctly by the time the party rolls around.