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I was reading through the local newspaper and came across
an add that had 2 Galaga's for sale. I told my wife (she likes
Galaga) and she wanted to go look at them.
When we went to see them the guy had 4 machines. 2 Galaga's,
a Mario Bros., and a Pac-Man cabinet with Ms. Pac-Man marquee,
control panel overlay, and monitor bezel artwork installed.
I turned it on and..........nothing :-( No problem I was there
for the Galaga's anyway! One problem though...........He would
not just sell me a Galaga. It had to be a package deal. All
of the machines needed alot of work so I talked him down to
$500 for all of them. I went and picked them up the next day!
After I had them home I messed around with the Galaga's
for a while, and decided to sell them (after I traded the PCB's
out of one of them for a set of Stargate PCB's). I sold both
Galaga's and the Mario Bros. to a local guy named Eddie. You
can see them on his page here.
Now I started with Ms.Pac-Man! I opened it up and turned
it on.............it was powering up but no picture(kind of).
I started adjusting the monitor and I got a picture. Still no
sound. That was easy, the speaker was unplugged! I said I got
a picure, not a good picture. The monitor is shot, but Pac-Man
lives! Thats right Pac-Man not Ms.Pac-Man! Go figure!
I have to tell you I knew nothing about Pac-Man at this
time. I went to the newsgroups (VERY helpful people there!)
and asked what would it take to get Ms.Pac-Man up and running.
A bunch of people replyed, and told me about the Ms.Pac-Man
daughter card and ROMs. I bought everything I needed for $30
off the newsgroups. What a deal! I installed the parts and my
wife and I played Ms.Pac-Man all night!
A couple of days later Ms.Pac-Man died. Damn! I started
looking on the net for information and found this site, PacMan
Info . Then I got in touch with Bob
Roberts. I got a fuse holder and an edge connector kit from
him. I installed them and Ms.Pac-Man was back!..........for
a while :-(
Ms.Pac-Man DIED completely. I asked Bob Roberts if he would
recommend anyone to repair my Ms.Pac PCB. He told me about a
guy in Seattle. I e-mailed him and sent him my PCB's.
I got them back the next week ($66 poorer) and plugged them
in. They worked, BUT there was a hum all the time. I e-mailed
this guy back and he told me to ship the PCB's back to him.
I also noticed that the Ms.Pac daughter card was not the one
I sent him. I asked him about that and he said that he always
uses a known good one for testing and must have gotten them
mixed up. I sent him the PCB's back and he fixed the sound problem
I got the PCB's back (not my original daughter card) and
plugged them in...................no more hum!
I let Ms.Pac-Man sit for a couple of months and when I started
her up she had a new problem. Ms. Pac and the ghosts
are in the wrong place onscreen. I have not fixed this problem
That's it for now! As soon as I do more to Ms.Pac-Man I
will put it here.
I received the Pac joystick grommets Tuesday. I installed
one, and it feels like NEW! I f you need one e-mail Mike!
Now all I have to do is stop playing it for a while so I
can paint it :-)
I sent out a money order yesterday for some
Pac joystick centering grommets. As soon as I receive them,
I will post the guy's e-mail address.
Still not sure if the NFL Blitz grommets will
work. Bob Roberts said he doubts it. If you know for sure, please
Got the monitor! I have to do some fine tuning,
but overall it looks good.
I read on the newgroups that you can use the
rubber centering diaphragm from NFL Blitz on Pac joysticks.
The post said that it is the exact same part! I will look into
Bid on a coin door at Ebay. It looks to be
in good shape (alot better than the one I have!) and it's cheep!
I am looking for a Pac-Man joystick. If you have one for sale
please e-mail me!
Ordered a NEW monitor!! It is a Wells
Gardner 7200. I should get it next week.
When I get it installed, I will post my opinion about its performance.
I found the problem! It was the 74LS161 RAM
at 2E! Ms. Pac-Man LIVES!
The FULL Restoration Begins!