(Topic ID: 133391)

Bally Star Trek -- Where to begin

By MustangMike70302

7 years ago

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  • Latest reply 7 years ago by G-P-E
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#1 7 years ago

Hello there. I'm new to the pinball world and looking for some info.

I just picked up a Star Trek pinball machine needs some work. I plugged the machine in and there was no noice/sounds. Some of the lights on playfield came on some didn't. The head box score screens have some light but do not display any numbers. I put a quarter in and the machine did nothing.. All the rubber is dry rotted and probably need to replace the fuses.

Where should I begin?????

Any info or thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks for looking


#2 7 years ago

First Unplug the machine right now before you fry something or make the machine worse without doing some pre tests.

Now go to these two websites and read on how to proceed in diagnosing and fixing that machine. This will save you time and money.



If you get stuck post back.


#3 7 years ago

Start by isolating and rebuilding the power supply/rectifier board.

Then rebuild ALL connectors on ALL boards. This is absolutely mandatory and absolutely time-consuming and tedious.

#4 7 years ago

FIRST, clip that battery off of the MPU! NOW!

#5 7 years ago
Quoted from Validpowerdetect:

FIRST, clip that battery off of the MPU! NOW!

Can't stress this enough. Looks like your MPU is still undamaged by battery corrosion--which is very lucky--usually those old, factory installed batteries have eaten up the MPU by now. Clip it off right now, before you do anything else, and you'll save yourself so much trouble.

The MPU will work fine without the battery, it just wont save any settings when powered off. After you get the game working, you can install one of the other 'battery replacement' solutions for saving memory (like backup memory cap, NVRAM, or off-board batteries, etc), or leave it off if you don't care about saving the settings.

#6 7 years ago
Quoted from Validpowerdetect:

FIRST, clip that battery off of the MPU! NOW!

That MPU looks nice. Cut that time bomb off right now

#7 7 years ago

To take off the battery is it safe to use wire cutters?

#8 7 years ago
Quoted from MustangMike70302:

To take off the battery is it safe to use wire cutters?

Snip, snip... done.

The boards in that machine actually look quite nice. At that age, you may have a few connector issues and may need to repin a few plugs. Might need to recap the main power board as well. While at it - pay particular attention to a few wires added to the solenoid/driver board in the links posted by packie.

Once you get machine running, you may need to recap sound board as well.

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