This German market configured cabinet was acquired from eBay Germany in 2010.
One of the reasons this game caught my eye on eBay was its original and very good external condition, making it worth the purchase and shipping from Germany to the UK. There's some wear here and there, but overall, it was in good condition all round.
The inside of the cabinet was consistent with the outside, also in good condition. I didn't recall ever seeing a monitor cover in any other cabinet so I don't know if all cabinets had them but they were all removed for convenience or just this run of cabinets had them. There was also no game PCB fitted and the game PCB edge connector looked like it had been rewired.
All the power supply components were present and original except for a wiring hack done to the fan power supply that appeared to change it from 240VAC to the 128VAC used for the monitor. I suspect this was done to half the fan speed because the fan was noisy.
In the bottom of the cabinet there were several items. Loose was a wiring adaptor that looked Konami to JAMMA and a Zaccaria Devil Riders(?) pinball upper playfield assembly card MOD 094. There were also two envelopes, a Zaccaria Eyes Instruction Manual envelope containing only a Hantarex MTC-900 manual but no game manual, and a Domino Rimini envelope containing a settings sheet for an MCB/003 credit PCB and Jungle King pamphlet.
This cabinet was late enough to have the 1B1185 GETT microcontroller-based credit PCB. All the credit PCB and coin door wiring harness looked complete and intact. The control panel also still had its back cover.
Both the CRT and monitor glass had a thick layer of nicotine residue, so despite the overall excellent condition of the cabinet it had been on route for a significant amount of time. The instruction card contained very simple German language instructions. Closer inspection of the game PCB edge connector confirmed it had been rewired to Konami.
The Euro plug was replaced with my standard IE-C14 power plug for 240V use and the voltage selector set to the 245V option.
For maximum airflow circulation, and to see what smokes, the monitor shroud was removed revealing a very clean Hantarex MTC-900 monitor chassis. The shroud seems to have prevented a lot of dust build up but these cabinets need all the air flow they can get.
First power on yielded a marque light, coin door lights, monitor HV with faint raster (no PCB was installed) and no signs of smoke :)
I had independently acquired some Eyes game PCBs that included one Zaccaria produced board. The serial number on that PCB was V137835, one before the cabinet V137836. It's the closest randomly acquired combination I'd seen. On the bench the game booted, coined and started but joystick 'up' was stuck. Visual inspection identified a broken resistor pack, RA9 (1K, 9-pin) that I ordered.
The second PCB was a Techstar version that was missing the program ROMs and CPU. Using the Arduino ICT to pattern the video RAM revealed graphics characters that didn't look like they were from Eyes. The Arduino flagged several bad RAMs with bit 0x10 bad across all banks. To try to identify the game I put the graphics ROMs in the program ROM sockets to get a quick CRC to look up but neither ROM read consistently. Inspecting the CPU socket found all the pins sprained, consistent with header pins, and I suspected that the board was converted to another game with a daughter PCB plugged into the CPU socket with the program ROMs on it, now missing. The PCB was set aside for the time being.
Resistor pack RA9 (1K, 9-pin) was replaced that fixed the stuck joystick 'up'. Further investigation revealed that the "FALCON-A" wiring adaptor previously used for Falcon Video Hustler was slightly different - the -5V and fire buttons were connected differently. I built a new adaptor for the standard Falcon Crazy Kong & Eyes pinout tagged "FALCON-S". I must have known Falcon Video Hustler didn't match "standard Falcon" decades ago when I made the "FALCON-A" adaptor since I didn't give it the "S" Standard" moniker at the time.
The third Eyes PCB was a Rock-Ola version that ran OK on the bench. I noticed that there were at least two differences between the Rock-Ola & Zaccaria versions. The Zaccaria version displayed "Zaccaria" in attract mode and deleted the coinage text (since Zaccaria used an external credit PCB to set coinage).
The cabinet feet were replaced with castors.
Using the Konami pinout, Eyes pinout, reference JAMMA adaptor and a meter to confirm the cabinet wiring, a new game PCB edge connector was wired in.
After one final wiring power check, the Eyes game PCB was fitted and powered on. Both game & monitor powered on OK with a good quality picture underneath the layers of dust & nicotine. The game also coined & played OK with good audio.
The hack to run the 240V fan off the monitor 128VAC was restored back to original.
During initial assessment I'd found some disconnected wires in the wiring harness. Investigation identified three small signal wires that appeared to route to the control panel connector but had no wiring through to the control panel itself and thus were unused. There was a thicker wire that I guessed was power and confirmed it was a connection to the unused -5 power output from the 1B1126 regulation PCB. With that mystery solved, the edge connector wiring was heat shrunk. in place.
A blank mounting plate was drilled out with holes for the PCB and mounted into the cabinet.
The control panel, monitor glass and marque were removed to allow the surround staples to be pulled out and the surround removed. After a wiped down cleaning with a damp cloth, the surround was set to flatten out.
A thick layer of nicotine mixed with dust was cleaned off the CRT. Whilst the surround was out, the monitor side plates & mounting bolts were tightened.
Whilst it doesn't always work to fix these fans, the fan was disassembled, cleaned and bearings lithium greased to try it and see.
Overall the surround was in good condition aside from dust and a couple of tears around the side wall staples. The tears were patched and the surround set to dry.
The cleaned & repaired surround was refitted back into the cabinet.
The control panel was in good condition, just some small cigarette burns and nicotine dirt to clean up. Under the back cover the wiring was complete and intact.
Alas, the joystick shaft clip broke apart during removal. It was approximately the same size as a button clip that seemed to work OK as a replacement.
All the buttons & overlay were removed, and everything was cleaned. Nothing was broken, even the joystick shaft dust cover was still intact.
The control panel weas reassembled ready to go back onto the cabinet.
Scanned in the Eyes marque.
600 DPI Eyes marque raw scan (137MB).
Scanned in the Eyes monitor glass.
600 DPI Eyes monitor glass raw scan (475MB).
Scanned in the Eyes control panel overlay.
600 DPI Eyes control panel overlay raw scan (94MB).
A cap kit was fitted to the Hantarex MTC-900 chassis during which I noticed that there was a mistake on this version of the deflection PCB - capacitor C40 "+" was incorrect that I cross checked with the schematic and then updated the PCB with a marker.
Burn-in testing encountered game PCB failure after a few hours. The spare PCB was swapped in and testing continued.
Using the Arduino ICT reported "E: 4H 4000 01 00". Testing out all the individual RAM
Second time around, the game ran for a full day with no further issues and was ready for the show.