Video Game Repair/Golden Tee 2005
I have a Golden Tee Fore 2005 arcade game that I bought about a year ago and I only turn it on sporadically these days. It was a fairly new machine that only had 92 plays on it when I bought it. It is connected to a surge protector and it usually is off. A few weeks ago I powered it up and the marquee started to intermittently blink. I thought maybe it was just the bulb or potentially the 250W power supply. I had a spare 350W ATX power supply that I thought would do the trick, but to no avail. So it is a power fluctuation that blinks the marquee and the game. I have been doing the "wiggle" test with the wires and have checked all the power rail connections. Not sure what to troubleshoot next. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
That is actually a common problem that i've seen in some Golden Tee machines. When the ballast for the marquee light starts to go bad, you'll see the light blink, but when it finally does go bad, it will cause the power to fluctuate from time to time, enough to drop the voltage to the power supply enough that it doesn't put out the minimum to keep the game running.
The easiest way to fix this is to disconnect the marquee light and then adjust the voltage up on the power supply to +5.3VDC. This should keep the game running without any problems, as a drop in voltage will keep it above the minimum required.
You may want to replace the light fixture with one from Home Depot if you desire.
Hope this helps!