Pac-Man plays hard-to-get
This is another cab we sourced from a UK collector, and turned up (almost) as we expected – the cab itself shows it's age with some scuffing to the paintwork, but no actual damage to the wood-work, while the panel, controls and coindoor have been cleaned, restored or replaced. There was even a bag inside containing a replacement for the Midway sticker missing from the coindoor.
All was good, until we turned it on – we had sound, we had lights. We had no picture. This is one of the perils of moving old machines – it had been sold as working, and we trusted the seller, but somewhere along the way something had shaken loose.
We turned it off, donned our technical hats, removed the back panel, and did our best poking, pushing, pulling and reseating. That didn't work, so we did the only thing we could in the circumstances: we did the same thing again. And then again.
And then it worked. Up popped Pac-Man and we played our first game. We're not entirely sure which particular poke did the job, but the best thing to do will be to remove the monitor chassis at a later date, and give it a thorough once-over.