Dec 302019

Bought a cheap Desert Breaker for my collection which the seller declared as having no sound.


This game is running on system18 hardware. Since the sound was totally missing I first tested the z80 which was good and then I desoldered the SRAM which was

a Toshiba @IC79 , normally very unreliable in comparison to other makers and infact it was faulty.

It fixed the sound but playing I noticed that some sprites had missing lines


This problem could be either the custom chip 315-5361 ( sprite generator ) or the srams connected to it ( IC21 and 22)

Since all the address line were good, I proceeded to desolder and test the srams which were infact bad bad.


Game was fixed totally


  3 Responses to “Desert Breakers repair log”

  1. Gotta love the easy repairs!

  2. Hi! Brother!

    I read every article you wrote.
    It was very interesting.

    I have a question. I want to buy your “FLASHGAL” PCB.
    I played this game a lot when I was young. I have many memories of this game.

    My email address is

    I would appreciate it if you would answer.

    (I am not good at English. I’m using Google Translator. Please understand)

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