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I have an older video cabinet that is running Hyper Olympics / Track & Field.  Everything was working great, until my buddy kicked the power cord and kind of tripped over it.  

Now the game will start - I can hear it, but nothing is showing up on the monitor.

Given what happened to it, can you tell me what you think I could look for to get this fixed up?

Thank you for your time!


ANSWER: It's possible that the monitor has come unplugged. With the game unplugged from the wall, open the back of the cabinet and make sure that all connections are secure. Check all fuses in the game and make sure that the monitor is getting power.

Let me know what you find, and I will help as much as i can.


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QUESTION: Hi Brian...

First of all, I apologize for calling you Ron.  I don't know where that came from.  Thank you so much for responding to my question, and I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you.

So I checked the fuses on the board that is attached to the monitor, and there was a blown fuse (125V, 3.5A) which I replaced with a new one.  The game powers up (I can hear the game, and by putting in a credit, I can "play" it), but I cannot see anything yet.  

It appears that all the connections are solidly sitting where they belong, so it doesn't seem that there is something lose.  I know 125V is going through where that fuse is (measured with the multi-meter), and the new fuse did not blow when I powered the machine up.

There is a hum coming from the game, but I think it's coming from the power supply.

Any more ideas?

ANSWER: Ok, so you've got power going to the monitor, so that's a good thing. Check the neck of the monitor- can you see any glow coming from in? I'm trying to determine if the monitor is actually powering up with high voltage. If you have access to touch the front of the monitor (where the picture is displayed) you should feel some static there- like like on an old tube TV.

Let me know what you find, and we'll go from there.

Brian (or Ron, whichever!) :-)

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QUESTION: Hi Brian...

No, there is no orange glow at all, it remains clear.  And the front of the monitor does not give off any static...I run the back of my hand across it, and didn't feel anything at all, no hair rising up, nothing.

Ok, so we've determined that the monitor is not actually turning on, and that's bad. You have voltage going to the monitor, so you've likely got something on the monitor board that has failed. My first inclination is that the high voltage unit (aka the flyback) has gone bad. This can cause the loss of power to the monitor. Take a look at the large cylindrical component on the board that has a thick red cable running out of it and up to the monitor where it terminates in a suction cup. The cylinder on the board (usually grey or white) is the flyback, and it provides the high voltage to the monitor. Does it appear to be cracked or anything?

I wonder about the power supply on the monitor board as well, since you should at least be getting a glow from the neck- even without high voltage.

Can you snap a picture of the monitor board? Knowing the model will help me diagnose this a little better.


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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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