PCB Repair: NBA Hangtime


Barely discernible sound.


As with other Midway games of the time, the audio section of the Wolf Unit PCB requires -5V. Before testing the PCB, my -5V supply was confirmed working.

I first verified the digital section of the audio system to ensure that the audio produced by the ADSP-2105 DSP was both present and correct. I captured the serial data fed to the AD1851 DAC by the DSP with my logic analyzer and converted it to an audible format:

This confirmed that the fault lay either at or beyond the analog output stage of the DAC.

As I had an UMK3 PCB to hand, I decided to make my life easier by checking various signals around the audio section so I would know what to expect from a working PCB. Somewhat mysteriously however, UMK3 had suddenly developed the same sound fault as NBA. It quickly dawned on me that NBA had killed the -5V output of my JAMMA SuperGun. Arse! I then did what I should have done right at the start: measure the resistance between -5V and ground on the PCB. The reading was 0Ω. No wonder…

In the meantime, a short funeral service was held for the dead DC-DC converter on the SuperGun that was responsible for producing the -5V supply, and a new replacement was hastily ordered from eBay.


We still needed to find the short on the PCB. There was what appeared to be a 10µF filter capacitor for the -5V supply at C10. The resistance across it measured 0Ω, so I removed it to test out of circuit and got the same result. The next morning I took a trip to my local electronics surplus store and found a suitable replacement. After installing it, I confirmed that the audio was fixed using my old JAMMA test rig, which has a working -5V supply but no video output…

C10 and friends


Replace 10µF 10V B3528 SMD tantalum capacitor at C10.

2 thoughts on “PCB Repair: NBA Hangtime”

  1. Hi Philip, This is a great help! I actually having a hard time with a board that a bad seller sold me time ago. It supposed to be repaired but it is a mess that Im trying to fix.
    One of the problem is that 10µF SMD, the same you mention here, it was solder in invert polarity also inspecting the board I found that several other small SMD where missing and instead the guy bridge them with tin 😦

    I having a hard time finding the capacitors, I couldn’t find them by the name you post here.
    Wondering if you can sell me a couple of them or put me in a online store to get them ?
    Thanks and keep posting all this great info. Is the only place in all Internet.

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