: I envy you. Sinistar is my all-time favorite arcade game, and I owned
: one for several years, but it started getting buggy and I didn't have
: the knowledge or skills to fix it, so I ended up selling it to a
: collector. I definitely miss it.
: A few years ago I put together an emulator in an arcade cabinet that
: plays hundreds of games, but it's not quite the same. Sinistar in
: particular doesn't work as well because the emulator only has an 8-way
: joystick and the game requires that 64(?)-way joystick.
49-way, but who's counting...
First time I fired it up, nothing. Blank screen. Not even the split
rainbow bar pattern. Something wasn't getting power. (This happened
to me before, so I was praying it was the same situation.)
Then I cleaned all the molex connectors with an old typewriter eraser, and
presto... Rug pattern.
In the past, for me, I learned that bugs / glitches (that are not part
of the program code) are due to dirty / cracked electrical connections.
The Joust has Clay's Multi-Willy kit, and after all these years, I think
the battery is flat. Anyone have any ideas on a fix? I can always put
the original control panel back in and make it a dedicated Joust, but I
enjoy Defender and Robotron too much....