Backing up settings/scores to USB? ( Stern Sam machines )

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Backing up settings/scores to USB? ( Stern Sam machines )


By Kevlar

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I have updated the game code many times on some of my stern sam machines, but what I have never been able to figure out is how to backup the game code to usb? Selecting backup instead of update from the menu I am told to insert the usb stick or press back. I insert the usb stick that has been used many times to update code and nothing happens. I've tried with dipswitch 8 on and off but I have never been able to get any further. I have tried 3 different USB sticks, nothing ever happens inserting the stick.

    Anyone know where I'm going wrong?

    #2 2 years ago

    Anyone?

    #3 2 years ago

    I'd like to know as well.

    Tried exactly what you've described - also with no luck.

    Let's keep bumping this ;-})

    #4 2 years ago

    Nobody else tried?

    #5 2 years ago

    Emailed Stern a few days ago, no interest from them either :>(.

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    #6 2 years ago

    Found Stern's SB #164 on their site (http://www.sternpinball.com/upload/downloads/sb164.pdf) which indicates a backup is possible. Same as other backup instructions for other games.

    However, like you guys it didn't work. After some experimentation I did manage to get it to make a backup.

    My steps on SMVE:

    1. Follow 1,2,3 from page 2 of SB #164
    2. System will not let you back up from here. Panicked a bit at first, glad I didn't brick the new pin.
    3. Powered down with the on/off switch
    4. Returned Dip#8 to the original ("off") position
    5. Powered back up, entered the SM: "UTIL/USB"
    6. Inserted a USB memory stick
    7. Selected "BKUP"
    8. System did a check for sufficient memory on the stick and then started the backup
    9. Received a successful "GAME CODE IMAGE SAVED" message
    10. Exited out of the Service Menu

    Pictures loaded in reverse order to pinside, the scores were taken after the process was complete

    Hope this works for you.

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    #7 2 years ago

    Wow! Been running the backed up code through Pinball Browser to see the animations and listen to the sound clips. Next up, trying to replace J Jonah Jameson's callouts in SMVE with the originals in SM by J.K. Simmons.

    #8 2 years ago

    Had success uploading a modified file. Replaced "Player one, you're up" call out from SMVE with JK Simmons version from SM. Unfortunately, all the movie clip sound files and the extra JK Simmons call outs are under-sampled and don't sound as crisp as the new SMVE call outs. Need to pull some high quality Toby "woo-hoo" samples from the movies to add.

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    #9 2 years ago

    Skip to step 5 above to just backup your code.

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    #10 2 years ago

    I'm getting 0 byte files after the success message on a backup of Metallica.

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    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from markmon:

    I'm getting 0 byte files after the success message on a backup of Metallica.

    Same thing happened with me on 2 different USB sticks. When I tried the 3rd one, it worked like a charm.

    Unfortunately, I get a valid backup but my High Scores don't come across on Pinball Browser. It's weird too that the date on the newly copied file is saying 2010??

    #12 1 year ago

    It was my understanding that I the backup only makes a copy of the current code on your game, allowing you to revert back to the old code, should you be unhappy an update that was installed.
    What that means to me, is that there is no possible way to save your settings/scores AND update to newer code.
    But IMO, that shouldn't be possible anyway, because rule and scoring changes will change the game and (possibly) the scoring amounts and such.
    It might make it so you could install the old cod again, and have all those things saved.
    But then you're running old code.

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from DNO:

    It was my understanding that I the backup only makes a copy of the current code on your game, allowing you to revert back to the old code, should you be unhappy an update that was installed.
    What that means to me, is that there is no possible way to save your settings/scores AND update to newer code.
    But IMO, that shouldn't be possible anyway, because rule and scoring changes will change the game and (possibly) the scoring amounts and such.
    It might make it so you could install the old cod again, and have all those things saved.
    But then you're running old code.

    Makes sense...never thought of it in that way. I'm glad I wrote down all the high scores as it's very important to those in my house...they're sticklers about that. As suggested by someone else in a post I read from who knows where, I'll just remove the glass and manually trigger what I need to in order that I get the High Scores back.

    I had changed a few songs but otherwise I wanted everything to remain the same. Hopefully I can remember all my Feature Adjustments....ugh.

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