I'm a Williams guy. This is my first Bally. 9 bulbs are out. In many different places. (I've already replaced the bulbs with new ones.)
What a shocker to see how the lamp socket wood screws are soldered to the ground wire. Stupefying.
What's the best approach to get all the lamps working again? I picked up a Centaur that's scoring 100% correct. I've tried changing all the bulbs out and have barely had any luck. A few have come back on, but it's discouraging overall.
1. pops (2/2 out)
2. slings (2/2 out)
3. A-B-C lanes (3/3 out)
4. SPL and 50 (2/2 out)
9 bulbs out
What I've tried:
* I tried shaking a few sockets with power on, and sometimes they light up, sometimes they don't.
* I've replaced all the bulbs by bending the sockets back a bit and replacing 'em.
I'm thinking possible sources are:
1) chips/connectors/switches (hoping it's not here)
2) ground wire (figure it's good since in most cases 1 of the bulbs is on except for pops and slings)
3) wood screws soldered to ground. My guess is I should remove the PF put it on the bench and reflow the entire thing? This seems completely bizarre, but is it correct?
4) sockets themselves. I understand they are layered and fragile.
5) connections at the board.
1) how should we change bulbs? I have bent these back and replaced bulbs, it makes me NOT want to bend them back to minimize movement in the future.
2) what's my next best step for approaching the different sets of bulbs out? Do people take the time to "reflow" the ground wire solder on Bally machines?
Solved in another thread!