Fromm's Arcade School
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Randy Fromm's Arcade
School is a five day program for amusement machine repair, with special
emphasis on repairing power supplies, CRT monitors and LCD monitors. If
you are interested in holding an Arcade School in your city, please
contact Randy Fromm (email@example.com tel.619.838.7111 to discuss
your needs. We need only EIGHT people for a class.
Days with Industry Expert Randy Fromm
Video monitor Repair
This is a
“fast-track” class for game technicians, who want to learn the quick
and easy way to fix monitors and power supplies without having to learn
a lot of electronic theory or mathematics.
$895 per person Includes:
- Soldering Kit
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL-SAVE $100 if you
register one month before the start of class.
Day One -
Beginning Electronics for Amusement Technicians
assumes that you have no previous electronics training and takes you
through a simple, NO MATH look at electronic components,
circuits, schematic diagrams and more! Understanding electronics is
easy when you learn the basics of how circuits and
Using a Digital Multimeter - The DMM is the
single most important piece of test equipment you can use. The class
shows you how to use the meter to make the tests and measurements
necessary for fixing all types of machines.
Electronic Components - All of the individual
components used in gaming machines are introduced. Parts such as
and capacitors are
covered individually. Students learn how the components function in the
circuits and how to test them for proper
the digital multimeter.
Schematic Diagrams - Schematic diagrams are
the blueprints for electronic circuits. Learning to interpret schematic
diagrams is a natural
part of the
school. The schematic symbols are used throughout the course and
students become familiar with schematic diagrams throughout
Day Two -
Diodes, Transistors & Other Semiconductors + Hands-On Transistor
the basis for just 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
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 component, along with testing procedures to
determine if the part is good or bad. Students will have ample opportunities
to practice their testing skills during the hands-on transistor lab.
Replacement components will also be discussed.
|Day Three - Soldering and Power Supplies
and replacement is a better term for this segment. During this short
segment, each student will be provided with their own
soldering iron, solder and desoldering supplies and a fun-to-build
soldering kit (flashing lights/siren).This equipment will be theirs to keep.
are at the heart of all electronic systems and power supply failure is
common in all of them. Amusements are certainly not immune.
It is not uncommon for an amusement machine, jukebox or bill changer to
have a half dozen power supplies working together.
covers all types of power supplies, including linear power supplies and
the Switched-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) found in
Day Four - LCD Monitor Repair
LCD Monitor repair
is generally pretty 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
Day Five - CRT Monitor Repair
Industry is the last home for the CRT monitor. This day’s session
covers CRT monitor theory of operation, including detailed
circuit analysis with a special emphasis on what fails and shortcuts
for quick and accurate troubleshooting.
for the five-day class is $895. This includes a digital multimeter,
soldering iron and supplies, a small collection of hand tools, textbook
and other classroom supplies such as sample components.
what some Arcade School graduates have to say:
Big Blue Book
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
repairing monitors. It has never let me down yet. I have hundreds of
dollars invested 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 ability.
Ottawa School of ARCADE Thanks!
Date: Fri, 16 May
2003 01:36:09 -0500
From: "Charles M
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
tremendously. M and M is a very big amusement operation where
there are plenty of monitors 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 week. I couldn't imagine learning how to
fix them in 1 weeks time I was assured 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 fingers from those monitors but I
thank you for the enjoyment I get out of fixing 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 Paisley to buy
cr7000 sencore rejuvenator which fixed appoximately 20 of them but I
couldn't live without it just using it to test them tells me in 1
minute if the color problem is in the board or the tube. Will
quickly let you know what I've fixed since the 4 mos. that I attended
your school. 90 plus monitors around 12 of them being 25" to
27", 9 megatouchs new models and old, and can't
forget Dad's 1981 25" Zenith TV. Just knowing how to read the
schematics has helped me fix numerous old arcade games that everyone
seems to want instead of new.
Thanks Again Thought You'd Enjoy The Praise Of
Thank you for a fresh start.
7 Nov 2002 21:21:35 -0800
"Jason Amato" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I 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,
warehouse manager position to become head technician for All Brands
This 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
work could be this much fun!
My 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.
Date: 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
at Disney, the two days with you were the most educational. If the
would have been training techs to actually fix things (like you do)
of some kind of ersatz engineers, my life and career would have most
been more enjoyable.
Kudos, keep cranking out good
I now have $300.00 worth of
repairable power supplies instead of $300.00 worth of throw away power
Grap - Great Games
I highly recommend it to all
people in the video business.
Eason - Namco Operations
I really enjoyed this class. I
was able to learn more than I did in six months of technical school.
Crowl - All American Amusements
I recommend this school for any
operator or technician, no matter how long you have been in the
Martin - Wanda’s Amusements
Randy Fromm’s Arcade School has been educating coin-op
technicians since 1980.