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QUESTION: Brian,

I have a no signal error display when I try and boot the game up. It does boot up 1/100 times, lol. When it does, I notice the red lights blink where the ide cable from the hard drive attaches to the motherboard. When it does not boot up, the red light stays off. All of the other lights come on the machine when I turn it on so thinking it may not be a power supply. Any suggestions?

ANSWER: You have good instincts to think that it may be the power supply. I have a couple of other questions though to help narrow this down- do any of the other lights on the mother board come on? There should be some green ones as well as the red ones. If the green ones are coming on but not the red, then you've got a bad hard drive. If none come on, it's as simple as getting a new power supply.

They're honestly cheaper to buy than repair!

Hope this helps!
Brian

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QUESTION: Brian,

Thank you for your response. There are green lights on when I power up the game. I did purchase an extra hard drive with a new eeprom. The hard drive says Golden Tee Complete FORE 2006. When I connected it and swapped out the eeprom, I still had the NO SOGNAL error. Anything else you could recommend?

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Ok, this does give me a little more info to help diagnose.

The first thing to know is that you cannot switch between versions of Golden Tee. Once you have upgraded from 2006 to 2007 or 2003 to 2004 or whatever, you cannot go back. There is an IC on the board that is permanently written to not allow this. If you have a Complete, there is no way to use any other version with the board, even with swapping EPROMs.

The fact that you're still getting the no signal error points squarely at the video card being bad. The first thing you should do is try to remove the card, clean the edge connector, and then try it again. If it still does not work, finding a replacement shouldn't be hard- there are a lot of these cards out there!

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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