Sponsored by Betson Enterprises
Contact any Betson
office to enroll
Spend Five Days
with Industry Expert Randy
This is a “fast-track”
class for game technicians,
who want to learn the quick and easy way to fix monitors and power
without having to learn a lot of electronic theory or mathematics.
$895 per person
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL-SAVE
$100 if you register
one month before the start of class.
Arcade School is a five day program for amusement machine repair, with
special emphasis on repairing power supplies, CRT monitors and LCD
If you are interested in holding an Arcade School in your city, please
contact Randy Fromm (firstname.lastname@example.org
tel.619.838.7111 to discuss your needs. We need only EIGHT people for a
Day One - Beginning
This segment assumes that you
previous electronics training and takes you through a simple, NO MATH
at electronic components,
electronic circuits, schematic
and more! Understanding electronics is easy when you learn the basics
how circuits and components
Using a Digital Multimeter - The
the single most important piece of test equipment you can use. The
shows you how to use the meter to
make the tests
necessary for fixing all types of machines.
Electronic Components - All of the
components used in gaming machines are introduced. Parts such as
and capacitors are covered
Students learn how the components function in the circuits and how to
them for proper
operation using the digital
Schematic Diagrams - Schematic
are the blueprints for electronic circuits. Learning to interpret
diagrams is a natural
part of the school. The
are used throughout the course and students become familiar with
Day Two - Diodes,
Other Semiconductors + Hands-On Transistor Test Lab
Semiconductors are the basis
about everything in today’s amusement equipment. Semiconductor failures
of all types are among the most
common of problems
you will encounter
when fixing power supplies and monitors.
This part of the school takes
a look at
all of the different types of semiconductors commonly seen in amusement
machines. We’ll take a look at the
operation of each
along with testing procedures to determine if the part is good or bad.
Students will have ample opportunities
skills during the hands-on transistor lab. Replacement components will
also be discussed.
|Day Three - Soldering
and Power Supplies
Component removal and
replacement is a
better term for this segment. During this short segment, each student
be provided with their own
soldering iron, solder and
supplies and a fun-to-build soldering kit (flashing lights/siren). This equipment will be theirs
Power supplies are at the
heart of all
electronic systems and power supply failure is common in all of them.
are certainly not immune. It
is not uncommon for
machine, jukebox or bill changer to have a half dozen power supplies
This session covers all types
supplies, including linear power supplies and the Switched-Mode Power
(SMPS) found in
Day Four - LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor repair is
easy thanks to their modular design. This segment covers the theory of
operation of LCD monitors.
There will be a presentation
on the repair
techniques including CCFL testing and replacement.
Day Five - CRT Monitor
The Amusement Industry is the
for the CRT monitor. This day’s session covers CRT monitor theory of
including detailed circuit
emphasis on what fails and shortcuts for quick and accurate
Tuition for the
class is $895. This includes a digital multimeter, soldering iron and
a small collection of hand tools, textbook and other classroom supplies
such as sample components.
some Arcade School
graduates have to say:
Big Blue Book
Wed, 22 Oct 2003 14:48:48 -0500
Today I was repairing
a k7000 that had me stumped, as usual I found the answer in my big blue
book. I can't tell you how many times I reference your book when
monitors. It has never let me down yet. I have hundreds of dollars
in test equipment, but the most valuable tool is your big blue book.
I'm off to finish my repair just
thought I would let you know how much I appreciate your technical
Subject: Ottawa School
Fri, 16 May 2003 01:36:09 -0500
"Charles M Fleck" <email@example.com>
Hello my name is Charlie
Fleck. I attended your school in Ottawa, IL. Employed
by M and M Vending and Amusement of Macomb, IL. Thought I'd
drop you a line to let you know your class helped me
M and M is a very big amusement operation where there are plenty of
to be fixed daily. Before I attended your class we had 82 broken
monitors sitting around. On average we have 2 to 3 go down a
I couldn't imagine learning how to fix them in 1 weeks time I was
I would from my boss. You gave me the basics and I read your book
over and over till it almost turned black from all the crud on my
from those monitors but I thank you for the enjoyment I get out of
them and I'm sure my boss would thank you for all the money he's saving
$80 to $100 a monitor with shipping. Did convince my boss Mike
to buy cr7000 sencore rejuvenator which fixed appoximately 20 of them
I couldn't live without it just using it to test them tells me in 1
if the color problem is in the board or the tube. Will quickly
you know what I've fixed since the 4 mos. that I attended your
90 plus monitors around 12 of them being 25" to 27", 9
new models and old, and can't forget Dad's 1981 25" Zenith
Just knowing how to read the schematics has helped me fix numerous old
arcade games that everyone seems to want instead of new.
Again Thought You'd Enjoy The Praise
Of Your Work!
Thank you for a fresh start.
Thu, 7 Nov 2002 21:21:35 -0800
"Jason Amato" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
attended your arcade school during September,
2001 at Brady Distributing. I flew in from Tampa that week to take your
course and it was well worth it. I have moved from a miserable,
manager position to become head technician for All Brands Vending.
was my first week on the job and I
am loving every minute of it. I have already repaired four Cougar dart
machines, three jukeboxes, and a Golden Tee Golf game. I never knew
could be this much fun!
assistant will be attending your Orlando
class in December. I have already told him what to expect from you as a
teacher. He is looking froward to the experience.
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 18:40:34 EST
I was really impressed with
After twenty years fixing
avionics in the Navy and then three years with Dale
Williams at Disney,
two days with you were the most educational. If the
military would have
training techs to actually fix things (like you do)
instead of some kind
ersatz engineers, my life and career would have most
certainly been more
Kudos, keep cranking out
I now have $300.00 worth
of repairable power supplies instead of $300.00 worth of throw away
Mike Grap - Great
I highly recommend it to
all people in the video business.
Gene Eason - Namco
I really enjoyed this class.
I was able to learn more than I did in six months of technical school.
Michael Crowl - All
I recommend this school for
any operator or technician, no matter how long you have been in the
Wanda Martin -
Fromm’s Arcade School has been educating coin-op technicians since 1980.