What did you do today in the hobby?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby mrmikeman » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:44 pm

pharoah007 wrote:
pharoah007 wrote:
redketchup wrote:Do you have a link for that led fluoresçent?



C$ 2.92 21%OFF | LED Tube T5 T8 Integrated Light 1FT 2FT 6W 10W LED Fluorescent Tube Wall Lamp Bulb Light Lampara Cold Warm White 110V 220V
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UPDATE.

These LED tubes are junk.

Had a chance to play one of my pins for more than 5 min and the tube started to go on/off.

Could a different "starter" possibly be needed?


I believe the website in the link states that you have to remove the ballast and starter. Unless big red X's mean something different for Chinese ppl.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby semicolin » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:20 pm

pharoah007 wrote:Had a chance to play one of my pins for more than 5 min and the tube started to go on/off.

Could a different "starter" possibly be needed?


Ooh! I get to give electrical advice!

For many of these types of LED tubes to work properly you actually have to bypass the starter/ballast inside your pinball game and wire the ends of the tube up to 120V/line voltage directly per the instructions. No different (or any) starter required.

If you just swapped it in directly without rewiring your game you may have cooked the tube or the original ballast.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby redketchup » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:58 pm

Hi try one in my metallica and i doesnt light up... i just order a LED starter for it... IT's a direct circuit with a fused... I'm currently waitinfg to my order show up, will keep you informed

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Battlezoneman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:15 pm

I finally got one of these again.

roadblasters.jpg


I regretted selling my other one years ago, and was very happy when I found this one for sale.

Has a couple issues (monitor cuts out after a while, some loud static in music and missing the curved pieces), but it does work. Seller was a really nice guy.

Seen a couple uprights, but didn't think I would ever find one in a cockpit again.


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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Blackghost4 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:59 pm

Just picked up in my travels today this Williams Hayburners II project.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Fifty » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:45 pm

Battlezoneman wrote:I finally got one of these again.

roadblasters.jpg

I regretted selling my other one years ago, and was very happy when I found this one for sale.

Has a couple issues (monitor cuts out after a while, some loud static in music and missing the curved pieces), but it does work. Seller was a really nice guy.

Seen a couple uprights, but didn't think I would ever find one in a cockpit again.

I use to play the shit out of this when I was a kid! Loved the cockpit version! Congrats on finding one!

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Battlezoneman » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:15 pm

Fifty wrote:I use to play the shit out of this when I was a kid! Loved the cockpit version! Congrats on finding one!


Thanks. Been looking for years and never thought I would find one again.

Started taking the Roadblasters apart today to do maintenance and look at the issues with the machine. Took out all the boards and the monitor. Was surprised to find out that the machine is all original. All serials numbers match (two main boards, two sound boards, power supply, monitor).

Monitor has a decent amount of burn in, but since the monitor sits way back in the machine (has a magnifier to make it look bigger) you don't see the burn in when sitting in the machine with the game off. Looking at ordering a cap kit for the monitor.

Audio boards look fine, so I am thinking it might be the speakers that are fried and giving me all the static. As when I adjusted the sound level, the static stayed consistent when it was turned up and down. Will pull them out and check them. Probably just spend the $20 and buy a nice new set.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby steamfitter » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:28 pm

Blackghost4 wrote:Just picked up in my travels today this Williams Hayburners II project.

Nice to see your going to bring an other em to life .
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby semicolin » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:49 pm

Reorganized the electronics workbench!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Sparky » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:22 am

Picked up another project. Uber rare, to the point that there is little documentation on it. More on it soon. Teaser pic.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby pharoah007 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:51 pm

Who can guess what I am up to?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby redketchup » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:32 pm

Metallica sparky protector!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby pharoah007 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:37 pm

redketchup wrote:Metallica sparky protector!


Winner winner chicken dinner!
"I am content sitting on my lawnchair, watching the trainwrecks happen right in front of me. I can't save the world anymore."
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby shane » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:26 pm

Got a call from a " older" lady this afternoon asking me if I fix pinball machines. I live in a tiny town of 8000 and lots of folks know I'm a pinhead so someone must of given her my name.

Over the phone she told me her late husband bought the game for the kids in 79 or so,

kool dad!

She also told the game stopped working about 25 years ago! Yep 25. They just left it on legs in basement and that was that... She had called a few service people over the years but nobody ever did show up.

I wasn't sure what I was in for, all she could tell me that it was a D. Gottlieb machine.

Sooo, volt meter, sockets and both tool kits as who knows and I went to take a look on a dark frozen Renfrew night.

Her basement was a time machine !
1977 everywhere . Vinyl bar and stools, Mint, brown shag, fake rock walls ! ping pong, air hockey, table hockey. All vintage. All minty conditions.
I thought I heard the Rockford files theme song.

Over against the wall was a 4 player Bronco, not the most desirable em out there but man o man did it look like it belonged in that basement. Standing in the same spot for over 3 decades.

I opened the back of the head and had the biggest sniff of nostalgia I could. ( y'all know that smell :)?( I faakn love that smell. Tell me I'm not alone)?
I can still smell it.


We powered it up and with more than a little encouragement at the score reels and basically everywhere else it plays fine, just fine. 25+ years of neglect,dirt and grime but otherwise so original less one pop cap.
It was 1978 again.

Some reading may say so what? It's a Bronco, not a
" .......... " machine.
You're right.
Some may say I find basements etc. like that all the time.
You're right too.

I don't find stuff like this often enough for it not too make me stop, smile and feel 12 years old.

I love this " hobby " for stuff just like this.
You can find nostalgia sometimes.
I'm gonna bring it up the stairs and home this weekend, shop it out and give it the isopropyl scrub. Then its going right back where it belongs so the grandkids ,12 to 17 can time travel. I'll charge her for the novus/ wax and parts, that's it. Maybe I'll test play it for a couple winter nights....
I think kool dad would approve.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Fifty » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:50 pm

That backglass looks pretty minty!

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:02 pm

good on you, and oh yes I love that smell
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby shane » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:22 pm

Fifty wrote:That backglass looks pretty minty!


The backglass was almost perfect. Maybe a 9.9
Cabinet too, like 9.5.
Pf had some insert issues and flipper scars but otherwise beautiful.
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby tombiosis » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:03 am

Very cool! Nice that you are helping her out!
Pinball karma coming your way Shane!
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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby semicolin » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:24 pm

My custom PCBs are here!
B6A563A9-F5BC-40BD-A1E3-E3784955B25B.jpeg


When this is populated, it can be configured as an adapter to connect any configuration of DIP package to an EPROM burner. Makes it easy to rip the data on old custom mask ROMs out of any pinball or arcade machine.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby Fifty » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:40 pm

Very cool Colin!

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby eh97ac » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:03 am

semicolin wrote:My custom PCBs are here!B6A563A9-F5BC-40BD-A1E3-E3784955B25B.jpeg

When this is populated, it can be configured as an adapter to connect any configuration of DIP package to an EPROM burner. Makes it easy to rip the data on old custom mask ROMs out of any pinball or arcade machine.

Could you read/write NVRAM?

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby semicolin » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:20 pm

eh97ac wrote:
semicolin wrote:My custom PCBs are here!B6A563A9-F5BC-40BD-A1E3-E3784955B25B.jpeg

When this is populated, it can be configured as an adapter to connect any configuration of DIP package to an EPROM burner. Makes it easy to rip the data on old custom mask ROMs out of any pinball or arcade machine.

Could you read/write NVRAM?


Provided the burner and software supports it, sure. Essentially, a lot of those NVRAM adapter boards just convince our games that the modern NVRAM chip is actually a PCD5101 SRAM.

This is a pinout adapter... most burners don't support mask roms natively, but you can adjust jumpers to make them think you have a 2732 EPROM installed. That means all those old games that have data on rapidly decaying mask ROMs can be read and reburnt onto newer memory chips.

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Re: What did you do today in the hobby?

Postby cait001 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:46 pm

today I made a post about the penny arcade scene from the 1953 Fred Astaire film The Band Wagon http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2020/ ... wagon.html

also starting up a new series on niche coin-op collections in case any of you have some cool stuff to show off... http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2020/ ... ction.html
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backglasses wanted: Fairy, Fire Queen, Out Of Sight, Star-Jet
marquees wanted: Varkon, Dark Planet, Strider, Astro Invader, R-Type (w/ship), Quantum, Tutankham
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