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    Gday all,

    My brother picked up this LAI Uniwar S cocktail machine a few weeks ago, when powered up you can hear the sounds of the game running, hitting the start buttons it makes game noises and responds etc. From what I've read Uniwar S is modified/hacked galaxian hardware setup to run ghostmuncher (pacman clone) and a space invaders clone. KLOV seems down so I can't get the direct link, search for "Uniwar S" it shows up on klov.

    The fella he got it from said that the monitor was not 'stuffed', it just stopped working when they moved it so it has to be a 'loose wire'.

    I've got my brother to check all the fuses, they seem fine. There doesn't appear to be any 'loose wires', not that we really know what to look for. You know how most monitors you can hear them hiss or a slight buzz or something when they're powered up - this one it's dead silent, it makes no noise at all. Not sure where to start when troubleshooting this type of problem.






    Can't believe the condition, the machine honestly looks brand new, the insides are completely spotless and even the dodgy top artwork looks to be in great nick, the picture cracked me up a bit actually.

    I suspect the chassis/tube is stuffed, but i'm definately no expert on this kind of thing. Is there a few telltale signs we can look for ?

    Snippy.

  • #2
    Machine looks great!
    I'm not expert, but I'd suspect the chassis. Probably the power supply on the board.
    Jomac and crew might have some suggestions
    BEEP BEEP Richie! They ALL float down here. When your down here with us, you'll float too!

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    • #3
      hey there

      I have the exact same machine except mine doesn't have the top artwork only the two instruction cards.

      It is indeed a hack of the Midway Galaxian hardware (modified to accpet DC power rather than AC so a normal power supply will power the board).

      For the life of me I can't find any info about it except I was sent the pinouts for the board by someone - which I can send you if you like . I would suspect the boards were made by LAI in Aus and therefore it will be hard to find info on them

      My monitor is fine but my board is stuffed so I am fixing it atm - high pitched noise lots of zeroes on the screen. There is a secondary board between the volume pot and the main PCB which I think control the switching between the games.

      As for the games, it appears Ghost muncher is a striaght pac clone whilst Uniwars or Uniwar S as it is properly called is a game that was separetely marketed by IREM. You can find the manual for the IREM UniwarsS but the IREM board is completely different to the LAI board so it is not much use. The schematics for the Midway Gaaxain board are easy to find.

      Sorry I can't help more but let me know if you need anything else

      Ric
      Ric
      looking for:
      the baseboard for a Gottlieb Royal Guard
      Zaccaria Devil Riders Backglass
      Williams OXO, GTB Volcano

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      • #4
        The game is playing blind.
        Sent it off to jomac to get repaired.
        It will save you time and tears

        do you hear the screen power up? Crackle or whinning?

        Very nice looking machine !!!!!!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hamish_nz
          The game is playing blind.
          Sent it off to jomac to get repaired.
          It will save you time and tears

          do you hear the screen power up? Crackle or whinning?

          Very nice looking machine !!!!!!!!
          Cheers, jomac are in WA aren't they ? Doh!

          Snippy.

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          • #6
            You can just send the chassis to him.
            The link is on the toplist page:

            http://www.aussiearcade.com/toplist.php
            BEEP BEEP Richie! They ALL float down here. When your down here with us, you'll float too!

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            • #7
              Yes sorry I ment send him the monitor chassis only.
              You need to remove the monitor from the game and the disconect
              the tube from the chassis.

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              • #8
                Might want to consider getting one of his universal chassis?
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                • #9
                  it all depends whether the tube is shot?

                  where are you located - maybe take it somewhere to see which is at fault?
                  Ric
                  looking for:
                  the baseboard for a Gottlieb Royal Guard
                  Zaccaria Devil Riders Backglass
                  Williams OXO, GTB Volcano

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                  • #10
                    PLEASE scan up the instruction cards

                    Very Nice cocktail BTW
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                    • #11
                      i was going to say check the power supply. i tell you if i didn't have to stuff around to get that cocktail to brissy, i would have bought it. it ended up going for like $200 didn't it? bargain.
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                      • #12
                        was this off ebay?

                        interesting

                        I got mine for $200
                        Ric
                        looking for:
                        the baseboard for a Gottlieb Royal Guard
                        Zaccaria Devil Riders Backglass
                        Williams OXO, GTB Volcano

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                        • #13
                          $202.50

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                          • #14
                            pretty good deal I have to say

                            mine was a call from out of the blue

                            The only thing I could verify was that the screen worked.

                            the power supply had blown so I needed to replace it and it had the board but could not boot it up

                            Ric
                            Ric
                            looking for:
                            the baseboard for a Gottlieb Royal Guard
                            Zaccaria Devil Riders Backglass
                            Williams OXO, GTB Volcano

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                            • #15
                              It was just luck really. Right spot at the right time, i'd been trawling ebay crazily... my bro scored it anyway, he lives near sydney..

                              Snippy.

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