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Hello, we have a 2005 golden tee complete that reboots when hit hard.  I was doing it some awhile ago, but stopped.  Now you can get through a game without it happening.  I have reconnected most connections and tried to check the power supply with my volt meter, but couldn't figure out which wire I was supposed to be checking, non seem to be labeled.  AND as fAR as i can tell, it doesnt have an adjustment.  According to the on screen diagnostics the voltage is okay.  Any thoughts?  Does this sound like something the power supply can do?

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Hi Jennell,

While it does sound like something a power supply can do, what seems more likely is that it's the hard drive that doesn't like when the machine is hit hard. Short of replacing the hard drive with a flash drive, there are only a couple of things that you can do to mitigate this:

1) Mount the hard drive on soft foam, and support it against the drawer with rubber bands/elastic. This way, the foam will allow the hard drive to have some cushioned support, and hopefully it will not react the way that it tends to when the machine is hit.

2) Mount the hard drive somewhere that hitting the cabinet doesn't affect. I assume you have one of the "half moon" white Golden Tee cabinets, and when you hit the control panel, that whole drawer that pulls out is rattled. You could run a longer IDE cable to the bottom of the cabinet and get power supply cable extensions to run it there.

All of these should fix the problem. It's just up to you to decide!

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.

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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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