> This is primarily a MAME cab. I have left as much of the cabinet intact as possible.
> I am using an arcade VGA with a smart strip. So I flip the cabinet switch on and the
> PC and monitor power up. As-of now, the Monitor isn't powering up. I would not be
> surprised if the monitor was dead. I just don't know how to verify that.
> Here is the kicker, the last time I used this machine with a jamma board, it made a
> loud cracking sound and blew up IC's on the boards. I've lost two boards this way
> after double checking and everything seeming to be ok. Something must have changed
> when I replaced the monitor chassis, jammas did work at one point.
> After hearing that, someone said it war the power supply for sure, so I do want to
> replace it regardless.
> Any ideas?
First of all, running a cabinet power supply with no load is a BAD idea. Without a JAMMA board plugged in, that's essentially what you were doing. I wouldn't be surprised if you damaged your power supply. Ultimarc recommends that you disconnect the DC power supply when using a JPAC and ArcadeVGA. Before you connected your JAMMA boards, did you check the power supply voltages with a meter to be sure that they were close to the proper voltages?
Second, looking at your pictures, I'd be leaning toward a failed isolation transformer. It looks pretty rough.
Third, I'm not an expert on any of this stuff so I recommend you post over on the BYOAC forum for some more qualified help...
I wouldn't assume anything has died until you go through the proper troubleshooting procedures to isolate the real problems.
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