Post by gliptitude on Sept 10, 2017 6:36:12 GMT -5
I bought an Asteroids with some problems a few years ago. I had the boards repaired by a guy named Mike Salay who happens to live in Cincinnati, local to me. He has a great reputation in the region, specializing in Atari vector games. It's a hobby for him and he can be contacted through the KLOV forums.
I don't know if you're determined to fix it yourself or looking for direction. I sure don't know how to do it or go about it. But perhaps I can give some clues from what I remember the expert telling me.
There is another board, I guess for the monitor. I removed both and was told that both boards received repairs. I think some chips were replaced and some were just reseated.
He has a test rig for Asteroids and most other Atari vectors too. I'm not sure what this consists of but I imagine you could find another Asteroids owner in your area who would let you compare boards and try yours in his or her machine. .. I have one in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Asteroids is a very common game and I'm sure you'd get some input if you sign up at KLOV. It's a bit of a commitment since membership requires either sponsorship or a one time donation, (I think I gave $10). Maybe I could sponsor you if we can figure out how to do that. .. KLOV = Killer List of Video games and is associated with International Museum of Arcade Games. The forum community is big and active and consists of many arcade cabinet owners and enthusiasts.
Years later I thought I would update this thread. I ended up just buying another board and went through a full restore. It's working like a champ! I hope to add another vector game to my collection at some point. I have a collection of over 30 arcade cabs now and have been in klov for awhile. Also oddly enough I met Andy in person at the world famous ACAM in New Hampshire. Your right he's a repair genius! .
Funny, I just met a local vector guy at my gaming expo over the weekend He had to do all kinds of things to get *his* Asteroids working, and right before the show too. I'll get into more details when I finish my write-up on that thread. Actually, I talked to THREE/had three vector people/incidents there!