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Hello.  I have a Namco Multicade cocktail table game unit. It starts up and goes to the main "home" screen showing all of the games. From that point, I cannot start a game to play.  Normally I would push the 'start game' button for either one player or two players, then move the joystick to the appropriate game and select it to play.  However, none of the buttons do anything, and the joystick does not move the cursor either.  If I leave the unit running, it cycles through the demo mode showing each game, so it appears that it is working just fine, but once again none of the controls will do anything.  Any thoughts?  Thanks!!!

Hi Kevin,

It sounds like there is something disconnected with regard to the controls. Have you verified that the control panel harness is connected to the board? It's likely that something got unplugged. That is where I would start!

Hope this helps,

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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.


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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