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  1. paulgee


    has anyone got one, or the ROMs for one? swaps/beer tokens available/waiting ...
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    wouldn't mind one of these (pretty sure this is DizzySpin tho and DizzyStreak was the £1.50 version)
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    Repairing boards

    Fibre pens are good for cleaning up corrosion on the legs of soldered components (and the pads/tracks of the PCBs themselves) where access is awkward, but the inserts wear out pretty quick (not all that cheap to buy either, a good 50p each IIRC) - 240grit (or finer) abrasive paper works well, if not more effectively, for cleaning the legs of chips etc. once off the board/out of sockets. Single-core (insulated) wire works well for re-laying damaged tracks, as you can bend it and it will retain the required profile (available in a choice of insulation colours but green makes for a more discrete repair on most PCBs).
  4. Nice Dave, way cooler than a standard dice reel Reading the comments, apparently the gears are prone to wearing out so guessing they are nylon or some other non-metallic material (and they were said to have gone out of sync a lot - wonder if the photo-transistors on the 80's reel assemblies were changed often during their commercial life - certainly getting a few failing on the sys80 and MPU3 games these days) Did you see the link to the electro-mechanical roulette machine in the comments? Nice bit of kit.
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    Hello Nat, small world! Used to make regular trips into London for the Knowledge/Eurobeat/VFM etc. nights. Would incorporating a removable/switchable control panel work? Round flush-mount buttons and joystick etc on one panel for the vids and the rectangular raised buttons arranged in line for authentic playing of the fruits ...
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    Tales from Midibobs workshop, MPU1

    Nice one Bob, had a couple of looks at the one board I have but as you say, you're in the dark with very little in the way of accompanying paperwork or previous repair threads. Had good voltage at the chips but couldn't find anything resembling 50v initially. After some more tinkering, found 50v but chip voltage was down to less than 3v?! Suspected that LM regulator chip and changed it out but it didn't bring the 5v back up and after a good few hours decided to switch attentions to other repairs and actually make some progress! Think following your post, that's this evenings 'entertainment' booked in ...
  7. Gamball ... looking thru the auctions thread recently and one did appear back in Aug.2004 - thought one or two might take comfort in knowing at least one made it that far (post 277 - page 14 ... https://www.fruitemu.co.uk/ib/index.php?/topic/20-interesting-auctions-etc/page-14
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    MPU 3 Stuck

    "acid rotting trax" ... good name for an EP (acid side, alkaline side, rotten acid rmx ...)
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    MPU 3 Stuck

    Found a couple like that a few weeks ago - had been in an upstairs gamesroom in a house the last 15+ years ... you could tell the cabinets had been stored somewhere unheated for a while previously but perhaps before the original batteries had started to really let go and being turned on and played frequently in a warm environment had stopped the vapours really attacking the component legs, tracks etc in the vicinity - the metal lid was showing signs of distress above it but everything else still shiny and intact (put those boards in an unheated space, powered down a few years with those batteries still attached and it's often a different story). Guessing you've had the same (actually better) luck with that machine - photos of it you posted previously it looked really well looked after.
  10. paulgee

    Jpm connect 4 skill machine

    It does sound like the fuse, if paying out on the 2nd and going into test today, with back door open If the fuse is ok perhaps disconnecting all the door switches might help illuminate the problem? (if it has never fired the slides in test and there is continuity between all slide feed & return terminals/MPU connectors, perhaps the triac circuits on MPU or slide coils are faulty? As fruit58 has said, those drive transistors, especially if the originals, may well be due for replacement)
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    had a really nice one a few years back - had to list it twice at £55 to shift it
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    MPU 3 Stuck

    Interesting. Makes sense to halt payout if there aren't enough coins in the tube to pay the win - a lot of games will just eject air from the tube instead. Nice easy fix for a change. (still worth giving the board a visual inspection if you havn't done so since acquiring the game)
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    JPM plastic bulp holders

    someone else was after some of those recently and a couple of links to suppliers of new holders were posted on another thread still have a bunch of good used holders of that type here if getting them new doesn't work out (have been looking for a supplier of the older Starpoint C173 type, but so far without success)
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    MPU 3 Stuck

    Is the 50v fuse ok (do the coin validator lock-outs energise on start up)? If so, is it possible the machine thinks it doesn't have enough coins in the tubes to pay the win (how much was the win)? Do you have option switch settings, either inside cabinet or in an accompanying manual? Are the connections to the door switches (and relevant payout slides) nice and tight (any loose or broken female crimp terminals)?
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    MPU 3 Stuck

    What would you have expected the machine to do next, had it not froze - offered a gamble opportunity or collect? If no gamble, would the win normally be banked until credits exhausted or auto-paid instantly? Has one of the door switches been triggered (are the front doors all locked tight)? If the program has locked the machine up, would expect you to be able to clear it by removing the program cart (with power off), inserting another program cart, powering on for say 30secs, then off and reinstate original cart. Is there a battery fitted to the MPU (if so does it look in good condition)?