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I have never owned or worked or have any experience with arcade games what so ever. but I found a Sega Turbo that was being given away, I figured its free so why not and took it in.
It sat in the garage for 3 days during which it got cold. on 3rd day I started it and a bunch of numbers and letters in purple and yellow came up but not the game. after clunking around in its "brains" I got it to work but not fully. by that I mean the game started but then about 45 sec. in it froze with some static, and loud noise. after that I thought it might be because of the cold. so I moved it into the basement. and have not touched this thing since until today.
When I turned it on, again the numbers and letters, purple and yellow showed up on the screen, so I again went clunking in the brains. but I wasn't so lucky this time. now on the screen instead of letters and numbers its just purple and yellow or red and yellow static depending on a switch I turn..
I called a local maintenance guy he charges $60 to look at it, then $60 an hour + parts. just thought you might be able to help perhaps... what did I do? what should I do? is this an easy fix or

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Sega Turbo is a very difficult machine to work on- the boards are many, the harness is convoluted, and layout is terrible. However, they're not overly complex, per se. The fact that you got the game up and running once says to me that you've likely got bad solder joints on the board. If you have a soldering iron, you can repair these yourself. Here is a good reference:

http://softsolder.com/2009/07/03/cold-fractured-solder-joints/

If you decide to tackle this problem, be sure to take pictures of where each board goes and what plugs into what.

I have a feeling that the solder joints are causing your issues, and you can fix them for pennies instead of hiring someone to come do it for you.

Hope this helps!
Brian

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Brian Penzone

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I can answer questions regarding coin-operated arcade game questions down to the logic board. Error codes, erratic operation, dead boards, I can help with them all. I can help with video monitors on a very limited and basic level only.

Experience

I have spent nearly 20 years as an avid arcade collector, and spent nearly 10 of those years as the lead tech for a large arcade operator, doing work for manufacturers and other coin-operated amusement companies around the globe. I maintain a good sized collection of arcade games, as well as a large inventory of spare parts for a wide range of arcade machines.

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BA from The Ohio State University, Associates from DeVry University

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