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Cinematronics Monitor
Vertical Deflection Repair

Armor Attack Without Vertical Deflection

I had my Armor Attack running for a few hours a couple of days ago. As I walked by I heard the circuit breakers click and the game shut off. I unplugged the game and reset the breakers. After plugging it back in and turning it on I saw the game was playing, but the image on the monitor was crushed into a thin horizontal area that looked something like the image above. Then the circuit breakers blew again.

I looked back at the monitor only to see a puff of smoke coming from resistor R118. One of the vertical deflection transistors had gone bad and caused R118 to fail. This problem is common on Cinematronics vector games.

After reviewing the Cinematronics Guide, I bought a few 47 Ohm, 5w resistors to replace the burnt .5w resistor at R118. For the transistors, I looked for the replacement suggested by The Cinematronics Vector Monitor FAQ and Repair Guide.

Here is a description of the complete replacement procedure:

In preforming these modifications, there are many opportunities for harm to yourself or your equipment. You make these modifications at your own risk.

Replacement parts needed:

2- 47 Ohm, 5w resistors
2- Transistors

Tools needed:

Soldering Iron, Sucker, and Solder
Digital Multimeter (if you want to test the old transistors)

Removing the monitor from the cabinet

1. Turn off and unplug machine.

2. Remove the ribbon cable from the back of the monitor, noting its orientation when plugged into the monitor. It can be plugged in backwards which can cause damage to the monitor.

3. Remove the Molex power cable from the monitor. It is keyed and should only plug in one way.
4. Carefully remove the two wing nuts from the corner of the bracket that holds the monitor frame while holding on to the monitor so that it doesn't drop. There's no particularly easy place to hold it - but avoid touching the yoke or the anode (suction cup looking thing attached to the tube).
5. Lower the monitor so that it sits face-up inside the cabinet.
6. Remove the screws holding the monitor to the frame. The far left corner will be more challenging to reach since it is blocked by the deflection transistor heat sinks.
7. Carefully slide the monitor out from the rear of the cabinet and set it somewhere safe to work on. The weight in the monitor is not balanced and will want to tip towards the face of the tube, so set it somewhere where it can't tip over.
Cinematronics Monitor

Replace the deflection transistors

1. Pull the molex plug attaching the deflection transistors to the monitor chassis PCB.

2. Unscrew the deflection transistors with their heat sink from the monitor frame.

3. You will need to replace both transistors, but can test to see which is bad using the "Testing Transistors" section in the The Cinematronics Vector Monitor FAQ and Repair Guide.

4. Unscrew the each transistor and pull them from their socket. Remove both transistor and the plastic spacer.

5. Replace each with the plastic spacer and appropriate transistor, note that the vertical and horizontal deflection transistors are in the opposite locations on the heat sink.

6. Test to verify proper installation.

7. Feed Molex plug back through monitor frame and re-attach heat sink to monitor frame.

8. Plug Molex plug back into the appropriate socket on the monitor chassis PCB.

Deflection transistors removed

Replacing resistor R118 & (optionally) R218

1. Clip and desolder burnt resistor R118. (Optional) To protect the horizontal deflection from a similar fate it's recommended that you remove and replace R218 as well.
Burnt Resistor R118
2. Replace each with 47 Ohm, 5w resistor. This replacement resistor won't fail like the original did, but is too big to fit on the parts side of the monitor chassis PCB. We can solder in the new resistor on the bottom of the PCB.
3. When finished, the chassis board should look like this with the new resistors installed.
Resistors Installed

Replace the monitor in the cabinet

1. Carefully slide the monitor onto the brackets inside the cabinet.

2. Attach the screws holding the monitor to the frame.

3. Plug in the Molex power cable from the monitor. It is keyed and should only plug in one way.

4. Plug in the ribbon cable to the back of the monitor in its proper orientation.
5. Plug in and turn on the game. Look for proper picture. In games like Armor Attack and Star Castle that use an overlay, now would a good time to use the game's test mode to make any adjustments to the overlay's alignment.

6. If all looks well, turn the game back off and raise the monitor so that the holes in the monitor brackets line up with the holes in the sides of the cabinet. Slide in the carriage bolts to hold the monitor in place and screw on the wing nuts on the corner of the bracket the holds the monitor frame.
Armor Attack Picture Back