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  • kc8eyt
    Good find! I've gutted a few of those over the years to convert to MAME boxes. A flat panel LCD screen, a Pentium II or III running a DOS MAME font-end, and a few quarters.

    Of course, the ones I gutted were far beyond repair. If you plan to fix this and get it running make sure to post videos when complete. Scramble was an awesome game that I plunked plenty of quarters into at the local arcade when I was a kid. I wish arcades were still a thing.

    Here's a Scramble bezel sticker that might fit:

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  • GiGaBiTe
    Hard to tell with all of the dirt, but it looks like it has a JAMMA harness, so the cabinet could be adapted to play other arcade boards. Or you could get a JAMMA to PC board and shove a small PC in there to emulate basically anything. The limited button set would be an issue though unless you modified it to add more input buttons.

    With the inspection date of May 27th 1982 in the cabinet, this is probably the game you have:

    Jesus christ are the sounds of the game annoying. It looks fun, but I'd definitely turn the sound off.

    Before powering it up, I'd definitely completely recap the CRT's analog board, it looks like at least one of them has leaked, and the rest are probably not in great condition. Being almost 40 years old next to a hot vacuum tube all of their lives with no ventilation.

    I would be VERY surprised if the CRT didn't have any burn-in on it. Almost all arcade games never had a screensaver and various elements would be burned in, like the score counter and "insert coin".
    Last edited by GiGaBiTe; May 14, 2021, 07:49 PM.

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  • falter
    started a topic I have descended to trashpicking

    I have descended to trashpicking

    We went to the e-recycler to drop off a photocopier today and discovered this arcade machine sitting in the bin. My wife mentioned how my daughter was looking to make her room 80s arcade-themed and opened the door to my grabbing it, which I did with great haste, since we also had a Home Depot rental van instead of our little Toyotas and could actually take it.

    Overall apart from being dirty it doesn't look too bad. I'm hoping my 'skills' at fixing vintage computer gear will be applicable here.

    Can't find much info on the company. There is a metal plate above the PCBs that says Scramble.. seems like a cool game if that's what it is. I figure if the tube is good that alone with the cabinet probably make for a decent freebie.