Just wanted to post a thank you to everyone on here, and other sites, who have shared their knowledge and information about this hobby.
I have absolutely zero technical / mechanical background so thinking of becoming a pin owner was daunting to me. I had never used a multimeter, never held a soldering iron, and to be perfectly honest have always been a little timid around electrical items - I was skittish to lift the playfield the first time even with the thing unplugged! But I knew, from reading, if I was going to own one of these I'd have to eventually man up and start digging in and learning. I had been having a little trouble with the roulette wheel on my newly purchased High Roller Casino . It seemed to work when it wants to, even some times after not touching the game for several days it will just start working on its own. As I was working with it under the playfield I noticed a couple of switches that were cracked. So I set up my Marco account, ordered some supplies, and started replacing the switches. Well in the course of doing those I managed to break a wire apparently....
I must admit being a little frustrated when 8 of my switches all of the sudden stopped working. But then I remembered reading somewhere - "Switch Matrix" - and I actually sort of knew what the problem was. So I re-read my manual, grabbed the meter, and started slowly working through looking for continuity until I found the problem. I took a deep breath, got out the soldering iron, repaired the connection, and what do you know - my first diagnostic / repair!!
Marco... Multimeter.... Switch matrix...??? I just got excited when my GF brought me home some magnetic screwdrivers and to see that there's a Harbor Freight opening 10 minutes from me... Who the heck am I becoming???
Anyway I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who have taken their time out to share so much information and knowledge. I still have a long way to go, and I know this is elementary to many of you, but it is a huge step for someone like me. It is refreshing knowing there's so many resources out there willing to help, and I'm looking forward to the day when I can help the next person that comes along. Until that time comes I feel much more confident in working with my own machine and am going to keep plugging away at that stupid roulette wheel. Haha!
Thanks to you all! Stay safe!