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 on: Today at 07:40:42 AM 
Started by Videobandit - Last post by darkcat1
I just recently picked up a Dig Dug that was converted to Ikari Warriors, the original side art is there and not that bad but a little ruffed around the edges and scratched anyway to touch it up even thought its a decal?
Some people do this or just leave it original.  I've seen people use paint or even markers

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 on: November 23, 2017, 11:00:14 PM 
Started by Videobandit - Last post by Videobandit
I just recently picked up a Dig Dug that was converted to Ikari Warriors, the original side art is there and not that bad but a little ruffed around the edges and scratched anyway to touch it up even thought its a decal?

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 on: November 21, 2017, 12:34:00 AM 
Started by OrioleFan - Last post by OrioleFan
Thank you to you both for your response and feedback.

Thanks for the forum and YouTube Channel John. It’s fantastic you’re keeping these awesome games, memories, and charming technology alive...and educating us all in the process!

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 on: November 20, 2017, 09:51:07 PM 
Started by OrioleFan - Last post by John's Arcade
Once you cap that CRT, it's gonna last forever. Especially in a home situation. Don't worry about it.

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 on: November 20, 2017, 08:20:44 PM 
Started by OrioleFan - Last post by darkcat1
Hello All,

I'm a newbie here still as I do not have a cabinet yet. However, I am contemplating purchasing a Neo Geo cabinet. I would like to have a CRT monitor in it, even though some folks advise I should use LCD as they are more reliable and I have little background on how to service a CRT.

My question is, if a CRT is recapped, on average, how long is the lifespan before you begin to see problems again? A monitor in question would be a Wells Gardner K7000. If a Wells Gardner K7000 was recapped, how long would it last before it starts to have problems or outright dies on me.

My second question is, and I may get attacked for this, is it wiser to just go the LCD route? Are parts and service on CRTs becoming less easy to access thus suggesting we should move on to modern times? I hate to think this, as CRT monitors look beautiful. I was in the Vintage Arcade Superstore several months ago and the CRT pictures on those cabinets were gorgeous.

Thanks for any help or answers you can provide. 
Hi I'll take a Crt over a cheap LCD any day for older games.  Most of them once repaired can last for years.   Also LCDs can distort and stretch out 4:3 pictures.

Also many LCDs can die off in five years or less.... making you buy another one.

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 on: November 20, 2017, 08:14:49 PM 
Started by darkcat1 - Last post by darkcat1
Delete this. My mistake..
Posted the same thing twice

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 on: November 20, 2017, 07:53:52 PM 
Started by OrioleFan - Last post by OrioleFan
Hello All,

I'm a newbie here still as I do not have a cabinet yet. However, I am contemplating purchasing a Neo Geo cabinet. I would like to have a CRT monitor in it, even though some folks advise I should use LCD as they are more reliable and I have little background on how to service a CRT.

My question is, if a CRT is recapped, on average, how long is the lifespan before you begin to see problems again? A monitor in question would be a Wells Gardner K7000. If a Wells Gardner K7000 was recapped, how long would it last before it starts to have problems or outright dies on me.

My second question is, and I may get attacked for this, is it wiser to just go the LCD route? Are parts and service on CRTs becoming less easy to access thus suggesting we should move on to modern times? I hate to think this, as CRT monitors look beautiful. I was in the Vintage Arcade Superstore several months ago and the CRT pictures on those cabinets were gorgeous.

Thanks for any help or answers you can provide. 

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 on: November 19, 2017, 02:11:07 PM 
Started by Danny Ogg - Last post by Danny Ogg
Yes! But for some reason, the cellphone we used to take the pictures, refuses to work with windows 7-8 or 10, so i can't upload the pictures until we can transfer the pictures.

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 on: November 18, 2017, 05:21:33 PM 
Started by SafetyJon - Last post by SafetyJon
So I have a NEO GEO MVS 4 slot and it has been working like a champ for about 3 months now. However I went to turn it on and all I get is a white line across the screen. Anyone know where I should start looking to fix this problem? Thanks in advanced for any help.


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 on: November 16, 2017, 09:15:02 PM 
Started by P-feif - Last post by P-feif
Wow I can't believe I haven't worked on this thing in that long. Any rate I finally found time to putts with it..............

MONTHS ago I bought the transistors that I listed above, along with some others and decided to check them, however before I put them in I had watched a youtube video where someone having the same issue as me found the big ceramic resistor (.18 ohm 5 watt) was bad he changed it and his problem was fixed. I looked at the print and saw that it "could" be an issue so I pulled it out of circuit and low and behold it was WAAAAY out of spec. So I ordered a new one and changed it. DID NOT FIX ANYTHING. So this morning I changed all the transistors that I had purchased for it. Did not have time to turn it on and see what it does and I didn't have time to use my meter to test the transistors either so I'm not sure that it's fixed. If it's not, after looking at the print there are a bunch of resistors that are sort of in the middle of the +5 and -5 volt circuits and could effect them both so I'll start pulling them out of circuit and testing them, along with some of the diodes (there are too really big diodes that the board under them looks burned, Hmmmmm?). There isn't a lot more to look at here. I'm even starting to wonder if the transformer is making enough voltage for the power supply to work so I'm probably going to check that too. I honestly can't believe that I don't have it fixed yet.

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