Hello gang –
I am completely new to pinball so please excuse me if I am asking simple questions. That said, I recently purchased a Cleopatra SS machine that a guy was getting rid of real cheap and had been sitting around disconnected for a while. I hooked everything back up and have been able to get most of it back to life but I have a few issues I am not sure how to troubleshoot and repair.
1) Issue one: Rollover not registering
There are two rollover targets at the top of the playfield. The one on the right works just fine but the one on the left will not fire. The switch is there but if I manually push it closed it does not seem to register. Can the switch itself go bad? Any advice on tracking down the problem?
2) Issue two: Drop Target Reset
The Solenoid coil for that resets the drop targets between balls does not fire. It will not fire during gameplay or during the coil test process (test step 13). I thought that the solenoid was burned out and purchased a new one based on the existing coil (#A-17891) but when I soldered the replacement in it still will not fire. What else can I look at or how can I trace this to find the issue?
3) Issue Three: Sound Solenoids
This game has three chimes in the box for sound. Right now one of them is firing just fine and two do not see to be working. When they didn’t fire during the Solenoid test my first thought was that the two solenoids were bad. But when I tried to replace one I noticed that it may be trying to fire but the metal post barley moves as if it is under powered. Can one be getting the power it needs but the other two are not?
4) Issue Four: Displays Are Not Displaying
While all of the lights seem to be fine on the head unit the displays are not working correctly. All four seem to be suffering from a similar problem but I am not sure how to troubleshoot it. I read on pinwiki how to test the chips on the display and those seem to be ok. I then read about rejuvenating a display by hooking the first and last pin to a power source and I tried it with a 5v line but I didn’t see a different. Per the instructions I connected it to a 5v power source for 1 minute on, one off, a second minute on, and then reconnected the display but it didn’t seem to make a difference. Is it safe to try the rejuvenation with a 12v line? Based on all of the displays having an issue I am more inclined to think that the problem is somewhere else but I don’t want to jump to the conclusion that the CPU board is bad. Any ideas I can try to track this issue down?
I know that this is a lot of issues to track down and I really appreciate any help that you can offer up to me. If I can get all the mechanical issues resolved I want to really clean up the playfield and cabinet to make this something I can be proud to have in my basement. I also picked up a Bally Night Rider pin which I am working on bringing back to life and I am hopeful that lessons here will help with that one once I get it to fire up.