(Topic ID: 201281)

Bram stokers dracula board hack


By Randottipin

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    I took out the board to replace the capacitors in my bsd and this hack was already installed..... can anyone tell me what the previous owner was trying to accomplish and if i should leave it or remove it?
    Thanks

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    #3 1 year ago

    Often when people remove the caps, they also pull out the through hole conectors - these traces that you see connect the cap to the bridge rectifier (as do the normla traces on the top side of the board), so if the through hole connectors were damaged, it minimises the chances of issues - particularly resets.

    #4 1 year ago

    ^^^^This^^^^^^^^
    The caps have a twisted leg on them, often they pull the eyelets out with the caps. Then you have to jumper it. As far as hacks go this is nothing to worry about.

    #5 1 year ago

    buy a new board. its gonna fail later.

    #6 1 year ago

    Got it.... thanks.
    Anyone know where I can pick up a reliable board when this one fails?
    I'm not opposed to a new board.

    #8 1 year ago

    I don't see any reason that board will fail.

    #9 1 year ago

    Why were you going to replace the caps? If the game works I would leave it be until it doesn't.

    #10 1 year ago

    It was having reset issues. That problem seems to be gone now that I've changed out the capacitors .
    But I'm getting balls doubling up in the shooter lane so I'll have to look at that.
    Test says
    switch 15 left drop target
    Switch 17 shooter lane
    Magnet error

    #11 1 year ago

    Back in May I too got a BSD and it was hacked similarly with a reset issue. That is one of multiple hack's and I'd rather not talk about the money pit on my hands right now, heh. The board I was told was possibly repairable by friends. When I brought it to Pintastic I wasn't surprised "Aardvark Pinball Restoration" told me to trash it however. They said the carbon soot etches the board and carbon is a great electrical conductor. Plus it was on fire which certainly isn't good for electronics. I would certainly get a Rottendog board from K's Arcade. He is a pretty good guy and I live near him and is very professional with his home/online store. Judge with the pics yourself but you won't have to worry about caps bursting, reset issues, the pretty layout, less lower consumption so less coil humming, etc, etc, etc.

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    #12 1 year ago

    I'd have to put Dracula in my top games as far as playability and fun. I knew there'd be problems down the road when I got it because it was cheap so I can't be upset with the minimal problems it's having now.
    I just want to get it back in shape again so I can continue playing.
    I'll definitely look into a new board at some point.
    Thanks for the advice.

    #13 1 year ago

    If the jumpers are done properly it's nothing to worry about. The board will not fail later because of this repair. I don't understand people just buying new boards for no reason.

    Make sure the repairs are done correctly and you'll be fine.

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