(Topic ID: 118633)

BLACKOUT tech help

By davjoszie

5 years ago

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#1 5 years ago

I appreciate any and all BLACKOUT owners to help me out with some pics of the flipper mechs, specifically the right one. My lane change switch does nothing -I believe its wired incorrectly/ missing a diode or something. Also no coil stops, bummer. I want to rebuild the flippers and get it all sorted out at the same time. Thanks for your help.


#2 5 years ago

I had a blackout in the past which I fully changed the flipper mechanism.

I do not remember exactly, but this switch might be with the EOS on the right flipper, under the playfield.
Whether it is on the flipper button or the EOS, have you checked the contact of the lane change switch blades with DMM ? Flipper off, actuating the button, or the coil if at the EOS.

The lane change switch goes to the CPU on the switch matrix connector. Maybe you can check the continuity of the wire between the switch and the connector on the CPU (see colours, only one of the wires)
Also there should be +5Vdc going to this switch

#3 5 years ago
Quoted from davjoszie:

I want to rebuild the flippers and get it all sorted out at the same time. Thanks for your help.

As for rebuilding the flippers, I rebuild all my Williams Solid State games the same way -- with all new parts:

Part list:

To learn all the ins and outs:

#4 5 years ago

Rebuild your entire flipper mechs.


Post a CLEAR, WELL LIT picture of the lane change switch and diode.

Make sure we can see the colors of the wiring.

#5 5 years ago

Thanks guys.

Here's a pic


#6 5 years ago

What a mess that switch is.

Looks like you are missing the diode altogether.

Unsolder the GN with BL stripe wire and add in your diode. The banded side of the diode should attach to the green wire, the unbanded, the switch leaf.

Order a new switch next time you order parts - that one is crap.

#7 5 years ago

Thanks again vid(&mof & jimy). yeah that switch is blown out, I'll order new one when I get my flipper mechs. Probably could use some new switches on the flipper buttons as well, they look about as toasty.

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