Video Game Repair/Monitor issue on Golden Tee Complete
I have a 2005 Golden Tee Complete arcade game and I need some help regarding a monitor issue. The game had been working fine and then there started to be a black band at the top and bottom of the screen horizontally, as though the image was starting to get compressed. It gradually got worse to where now there are only a few horizontal stripes in the middle of the screen (the rest of the screen is black). I can tell when it boots up that it is booting up correctly and I can see that the image and colors are correct in those few stripes, so I'm not sure that it's a bad monitor. I was told by a repair shop this is a really common issue with this model, but they didn't tell me what was wrong with it (nor will they work on it in my home). Is it a bad capacitator? Any advice on how a newbie may be able to fix herself so I don't have to figure out how to lug a 350 lb machine to a shop an hour away? Thanks in advance!!!
The shop is right- it's a very common problem with monitors, and you're also correct that it is a capacitor issue. Unfortunately, unless you're skilled at soldering and de-soldering, fixing it yourself is not going to be an option. On the plus side, it is possible to remove the monitor from the cabinet and take it to be repaired.
The reason that I would suggest not trying to do it yourself is that tube monitors hold a LETHAL voltage, even when turned off for a long time. Touching the wrong part of the monitor can and will kill you before you know what happened.
The manufacturers have included handles (typically) in the metal chassis for easy removal. Make sure that everything is disconnected before trying to remove the monitor!
I hope this helps!