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SNK NeoGeo 4 slot arcade pcb repair #2

Another 4 slot – a previous owner had installed a new battery and replaced the palette RAM.  The board now reported a RAM error with the original BIOS, and the diagnostic ROM confirmed it as the upper WRAM chip (see my previous 4 slot repair).

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If you don’t have a SMT desolder station then (if you dare) you can remove surface mount chips with a heat-gun and some tinfoil to protect the surrounding areas.  The chips are capable of taking quite a lot of heat so the only worry is warping the board rather than damaging a chip.  Because there’s very little solder holding the SMT chips on though, they come off quite easily.


With that one RAM chip replaced, everything worked!




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