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A lotta ins.. a lotta outs - TBL maintenance thread

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#761 59 days ago

I'm a new 2nd owner of a newer low play build and while I've had a couple minor issues, these were easily fixed.

One issue I haven't been able to fix yet is with the bowling alley release pin. The pin will be up for the first ball and it releases ok, and then very slowly starts to come back up. After that I get 4-5 balls which roll through until the release pin is high enough to hold a ball for me to shoot the spare.

Comparing mine to the picture in the support manual, my release pin is farther down in the U-shaped cut-out towards the foul line, but doesn't seem to be rubbing on the wood, and I can manually push it down and it comes back up freely. I was going to try adjusting the coil bracket as suggested in the manual to move the release pin farther back to see if that helps. Anything else I should try while I'm messing with it?

#762 58 days ago
Quoted from KSP1138:

I'm a new 2nd owner of a newer low play build and while I've had a couple minor issues, these were easily fixed.
One issue I haven't been able to fix yet is with the bowling alley release pin. The pin will be up for the first ball and it releases ok, and then very slowly starts to come back up. After that I get 4-5 balls which roll through until the release pin is high enough to hold a ball for me to shoot the spare.
Comparing mine to the picture in the support manual, my release pin is farther down in the U-shaped cut-out towards the foul line, but doesn't seem to be rubbing on the wood, and I can manually push it down and it comes back up freely. I was going to try adjusting the coil bracket as suggested in the manual to move the release pin farther back to see if that helps. Anything else I should try while I'm messing with it?

Release pin was rubbing and just needed an adjustment to get it working 100%. The pictures in tech support manual helped a lot.

#776 51 days ago
Quoted from timlah79:

The fun doesn't stop with my machine. Two new issues popped up today out of nowhere:
1. Shooter Lane Diverter not working: The ball is not going around to Maude letters since the diverter is not lifting out of the way. It looks like there's a secondary spring that's supposed to be attached to an arm underneath the coil but it's just flailing about. Notice how in the second picture it's turned sideways. The little pin mechanism is loose and I don't know but it seems like the spring is supposed to be looped around the hole in the arm below but there is no lead from the spring to do so as far as I can tell.
EDIT: After further research it appears this type of spring is supposed to have a loop lead on both ends. Mine only has the top one and/or the bottom one somehow snapped off. I was able to create my own loop with a pair of pliers but I'll still need to replace this. Part referenced at Marco's: https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/10-389
Photo of what it should look like I believe:
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Same thing on mine today. I just got some needle nose pliers, pulled/twisted the end of the spring a bit, and reconnected it to the diverter to get it working again.

And about a week ago the same loop on the end of my left flipper spring broke. I believe the flipper return springs are part number 10-364. Bad batch of springs I guess.

#778 51 days ago
Quoted from adam12hicks:

Jeez - my left flipper return spring broke yesterday as well! Ordered 5 for $1.55 + $13 shipping :-/ Cointaker minimum shipping is rough.

I ordered a couple of the flipper springs from Marco, so shipping was $10, but I got a couple other things too. But not the diverter spring, that I didn't know I needed until yesterday. So far my makeshift spring repairs seem to be working ok. Here's what the diverter spring looked like before I fixed it. Maybe the spring holes have a sharp edge on them that eventually cuts through the spring loops?

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#780 47 days ago
Quoted from Jecco74:

I updated to the latest code. Now I am getting a system error pop up. I searched the forums and found a fix, but when I hit esc to get to the Ubuntu screen the system error pops up again and goes to a black screen. I can not get to the ubuntu screen to fix the error. Anyone else run into this?

Try this: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-big-lebowski-official-club-thread/page/58#post-6544575

That should get you into the file manager if hitting the windows key and typing terminal doesn't work. I had to get rid of the error message recently and I think I might have had to hit cancel on the error screen after hitting esc to be able to open a terminal window.

I think we can get rid of these pop-ups permanently by disabling the Ubuntu apport service. If I happens again I'm going to try that.

#783 47 days ago
Quoted from Rensh:

DP is working on a complete overhaul of the operating system, hopefully this will make this happen no more.

Just don't lock it down to the point where I lose my real Creedence, man.

#784 47 days ago
Quoted from gliebig:

My game keeps resetting during play. Haven't been able to pinpoint any common point when it happens.

The person I bought mine from said he saw a couple resets. When I got it home I made sure to reseat all of the USB connections, and I haven't seen any in a couple hundred games, most on the newest software.

#790 46 days ago

My Maude gate sometimes stays fully open when it shouldn't. I'm thinking it is probably the rollover back there not registering and I'm going to check that later. It should always close after a ball passes through, correct?

#793 45 days ago
Quoted from Rensh:

Correct. Should close. See if the spring is properly attached.

Thanks. The spring was attached, but the end of the connecting rod, or whatever it is called, was sometimes getting caught up on the edge of the opening (see before picture). I carefully bent it so it has plenty of clearance now.

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#812 36 days ago

Can someone confirm that the RGB Only Test under LED tests has red and green reversed? Selecting red lights up the various arrows as green and selecting green lights them up as red. Blue is correct. This is on the latest .57 code.

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#815 36 days ago
Quoted from KoenHeltzel:

Hi, to correct this you have to adjust the following 2 settings:
"Adjustment Menu -> Hardware -> Middle Main Board & Mini Playfield Board"
As mentioned in the 0.56 changelog:
These need to be set to the correct value after a factory reset to ensure correct functioning:
ES: Engineering Sample (you'll know when you have one of these)
REV0: No version is specified near the MIDDLE MAIN BOARD legend print.
REV1: REV1 is specified below the MIDDLE MAIN BOARD legend print. REV1 is now the factory default for Middle Main Board & Mini Playfield Board settings (previously REV0).
It's possible this setting was not correctly set following a factory reset, maybe in the factory itself.

Thanks, that was it. I hadn't done a factory reset since I bought it last month, just updated the firmware to .57 from whatever was on it, .55 I think.

1 week later
#846 25 days ago

Is there any place we can get replacement pins? My #4 pin snapped off near the top. I'm going to try some superglue or maybe some epoxy on it, but I doubt that will be a permanent fix.

#850 24 days ago
Quoted from timlah79:

The stock pins are incredibly fragile. I had 3 snap off right at the place yours likely did. Plus the "sleeve" part of the plastic that leads the metal rod into them just flakes away. I ended up buying the mod couple's set for about $200: https://themodcouplepinball.com/products/the-big-lebowski-replacement-redesigned-bowling-pins-individual?variant=18185679765601
They are far more durable but the problem is that they are not logo'd the way their pic shows. You'll get a set with a barely looking "B" on them. Don't expect them to look like the product photo nor be logo'd the way the stock ones are.
What I did with my original DP set is epoxy around all of that easily snapping area to reinforce them. I just put those epoxy reinforced ones back on the other night. Nothing has broken again yet. Regardless, you should reach out to DP support to get replacements.
My original post about this: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-lotta-ins-a-lotta-outs-tbl-maintenance-thread/page/13#post-6308434

There is a newer, hopefully less fragile version of the pins available from DP, but I'm going to try the epoxy repair/reinforcement too to see how it holds up.

3 weeks later
#902 4 days ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

Seems to work well as my (E6000) glue repaired/reinforced pins have held up over the 5 months since I made the fix and mentioned them in response to timlah79 's pin breakage post.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-lotta-ins-a-lotta-outs-tbl-maintenance-thread/page/13#post-6309034

Thanks, I've got 2 weeks and a decent amount of games on my epoxy repaired and reinforced pins and they seem to be holding up ok. This seems to be the best solution for now.

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