Hi all. Having read this thread front to back... I think it's time to add my game to the list. Unless I am missing something, I think I am in the club (being a happy owner of a Black Knight Machine). I got my machine back in 2005(ish). It was located, box top off, legs off, sitting on the floor of someone's basement. It had the wrong back glass on it (Wms. Stellar Wars), and was missing a couple of plastics (top left). They said that they had it for some time, but it wasn't working and they didn't know how to fix it. "May be it's just a fuse" they said (yeah... right). So, I bought it and have had it ever since.
I took it home and read everything I could find on Marvin's site (when it was still up). I read everything on Clay's site and printed most of it so I had a repair manual. Glad I did as a lot of it seems to no longer be on his site. I did a basic run through when I first got the machine, but it was pretty minor (replacing the 5101(?) RAM chip and replaced one of the displays (player 2) as it wasn't working. I got it into attract, but it wouldn't start. I kept reading and looking and everything seemed right, but it would never start into a game. Long story short... Turns out you have to have balls in the machine. DOH!
I bought a proper back glass (though not pretty) so it could stand proud as the Black Knight. I am about to get working on it. It's been very kind to me. It has clearly had some work done to it. I am really curious what happened to it through life as some of the repairs are... a little odd. I have played several years without changing out the 40 pin interconnect or touching the power supply. I did change out some of the caps in the sound card as it has always been a little flinky (sound starts to work after about 20 minutes of use). But the caps didn't fix it.
A few years back I went to start it and it the display didn't turn on. While I am pretty sure it was just the fuse (for real this time), but I was far too busy at work to deal with it. So... it has sat (I know... stop haten'). I decided that it was time not to push my luck this time. So... It is time to love on the machine a little bit and set it up for another lifetime of use. I didn't want to power it on until it's been worked on hence the photo is a dark machine. So... I have been reading through Vid's thread about bulletproofing the power supply. So... I have been stocking up a 'project' at Mouser which I am about to pull a trigger on. Eventually I will be buying a new backglass as this one is... well... not great. After all... I do have a fairly nice Stellar Wars glass I can sell to offset the cost of the new backglass. I also have a bunch of other arcade related stuff I can sell too.
The internet has come a very long ways in the past 13 years, and my search for new information is what led me to find the Pinside site. Man this is a great site. So much stuff and... Most of it is really good. I have been a collector of arcade machines and have had a lot of them. My current collection is a MAME machine which I personally built. A Centipede, and my Black Knight.
So... I have a few questions. Aside from the prescribed power supply stuff. Are there any electronic components that I should have a bajillion of on hand that I will want to replace in the cabinet / playfield etc?
While I am comforted by seeing several of your machines, because I always have had this... horrible 'scar' which I have never liked. Like someone made a mistake and didn't know how to deal with it and covered it up in a really bad way... but now I see... all of us have that same issue. So... WHAT is that horrible white dot on the left part of the apron about? Why white? Who thought that this was a good idea?
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