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HI Brian,
My wife got me an old 1982 Ms. Pacman cocktail table game for my birthday. Unfortunately even though it worked when she got it from the family down the street in shipping something must have happened as it does not even turn on. I replaced all 7
fuses as 2 were dead and others were on their last days but the machine does not turn on. Is there another item that may be causing the machine not to get power? I really thought it was just the fuses since they had been bad.


Hi  BT. luckily, it may be a really, really simple fix. On the bottom of the cocktail, there is a power button. It's neat where the cord goes into the cabinet. With the cord plugged in, press it. It may be hard to press, but do it until it clicks.

Let me know if that works!  

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Brian Penzone


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.


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.

BA from The Ohio State University, Associates from DeVry University

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