Arachnid Dart Board Troubleshooting

by Gus Stephens

The Arachnid Cricket Pro 750 is an electronic dart board game for home entertainment. The Cricket Pro 750's soft-tip darts register electronically as they penetrate the board's nylon mesh matrix. Scores are instantly calculated and displayed on a screen beneath the board. The game scores up to eight players simultaneously and the digitally recorded name of each player is announced as his turn comes up in rotation. A handicapped scoring option levels the playing field between beginner and experienced players. The Cricket Pro 750 has a regulation-sized target area of 15.5 inches and comes with wall-mounting hardware and a 9-volt AC adapter.

1. Verify that the barrel-type plug from the AC adapter is securely plugged into the jack on the bottom left side of the board, if the unit will not power up.

2. Make sure all buttons operate freely if the game will not produce sound or register scores.

3. Check the text screen for error messages indicating a stuck segment if the game will not produce sound or register scores. An error message like "Error 03" indicates that single segment 3 on the board is stuck. Stuck segments are usually caused by a broken dart tip stuck in the board.

4. Remove any broken dart tips from the board. Pull out a long broken tip protruding from the surface of the board with a pair of pliers. You can carefully push a broken tip that's flush with the surface of the board through the board and into the recess behind the board without damaging board electronics.

5. Look for sources of electrical interference. Power surges, brown-outs and electrical storms may cause erratic functioning of the game. To reset the game after electrical disruption, disconnect the AC power adapter for three seconds, and then reconnect.

About the Author

Gus Stephens has written about aviation, automotive and home technology for 15 years. His articles have appeared in major print outlets such as "Popular Mechanics" and "Invention & Technology." Along the way, Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications. If it flies, drives or just sits on your desk and blinks, he's probably fixed it.