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(Topic ID: 194789)

An EM that you just had to give up on?


By trueno92

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by bonzo71
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#1 3 years ago

I have pure joy in playing the snow derby of mine and getting it up and running and playing properly has been a neat journey in diagnostic testing.

Have you guys here ever had a game that just couldn't play right and you had to abandon for one reason or another?

#2 3 years ago

Mods, maybe move this to the em hangout

#3 3 years ago

Yes, but not an EM. I've had absolute basket cases of EMs with chewed up mouse wires, reversed score motor switches and shorted Jones plug pins and got them all working. SS games on the other hand...

#4 3 years ago

I've had EMs that I gave up on because they got boring to play, and others because of the artwork (I only keep the good ones).

As far as giving up on fixing one, yeah it was Big Casino with it's piss poor solder joints that for every one I fixed, two more would pop off.

#5 3 years ago

I have an Orbit that will not play a two or four player game, skips right over them.

Almost gave up on it and sold it as a "one player game" on CL but decided that I'm not going to let it off the hook that easy. Wiring diagram from PBR just showed up today and when my work load slows down a touch take another crack at it.

#6 3 years ago

Jumping Jack. It's never been 100%. I can't give up, because it's been given up on by multiple people. But right now, I'm on hiatus from it. It's in the garage, "playable", but it still ain't right. I'm probably going to take another swing at it in the next couple weeks. Someday...

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#7 3 years ago

I have sent about 50 em's to the dump over the last 20 years. If you can't get them to work right, I won't sell them. Unfortunately the last of the guys either that were tech's or into em's are dead in my area. I'm one of the last one to service in my area.

#8 3 years ago
Quoted from greatwichjohn:

I have sent about 50 em's to the dump over the last 20 years. If you can't get them to work right, I won't sell them. Unfortunately the last of the guys either that were tech's or into em's are dead in my area. I'm one of the last one to service in my area.

Please stop doing that! (sob, sob)

#9 3 years ago
Quoted from greatwichjohn:

I have sent about 50 em's to the dump over the last 20 years. If you can't get them to work right, I won't sell them. Unfortunately the last of the guys either that were tech's or into em's are dead in my area. I'm one of the last one to service in my area.

STOP STOP STOP doing that !!!!!

Just because you can not fix them does not mean they can not be fixed . That is pretty sad to just destroy a game because you are unable to fix it.
Sell it so someone else that can get it fixed and back to the land of the living.

SHAME SHAME SHAME

Brian Lenker

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#10 3 years ago

I know of many operators filling up their waste bins before pick up, year after year. My main source had a huge sink hole in their warehouse, & would push games in. Same with their leaking roof destroying games. Years ago very few people bought old games. The operators would sell some, but hated or refused to service them. I have also sent over 100 early Bally electronic pins to the dump, after removing some parts. If I can get em's working fine, but usually if its more than a couple of hours to fix. The owners don't want to pay.

#11 3 years ago

I strip the machine of all usable parts before it hits the sinkhole.

#12 3 years ago

Road Race. Had it almost shopped out and then regression. Not a bad looking game but not sure if I'd like it if it was fully working. I'll get to it this Fall. Got frustrated and put it back in storage. Went to work on Volley and Ding Dong and those shop outs went smoothly.

#13 3 years ago

1977 Stern "Pinball" Em. Had one of those plastic board steppers with holes burnt in it. Couldn't find a replacement and didn't feel confident in fabricating one. Sold it for what I had in it.

#14 3 years ago

I owned a Big Shot and could not get the bonus to score properly. I now know it wasan issue wit h a score motor switch, but at the time I was a rookie and was not ready to get in that deep. I sold it for $250..exactly what I paid. Since then, I've been able to fix every game I've purchased.

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