Look I don’t care if he’s been awesome to you or gave your grandmother a kidney. Please save that. I have over 15 years avionics experience, nasa soldering school advanced avionics and advanced aircraft electrical in my background. Essentially 7 years worth of electrical schooling I know what I’m looking at. 5 years into this hobby and repair almost all Bally/stern mpus in my area .
I gave rob a good-great Bride of Pinbot for exchange for a revenge from mars. Rob described this as just needing the cpu hooked back up and that it had a “cheesy” lcd (His words not mine). I said that as long as the cpu works and doesn’t look like it sat at the bottom of a lake I’m fine with it. We set a mutual meeting point, I get to said meeting point exactly on time to have the guy say he’s running late, an hour and half late (exactly the amount of time to travel from his shop) and then asked if I wanted to change the meeting spot - I said no I’m fine with waiting.
Robs guy gets there, machine looks decent (better than I thought with not getting playfield, pcb,
Driver board pictures). But the lcd is just dangling inside the cabinet (thought this was installed). I yank it out and help make the transaction.
Get this thing home and left baller88 good feed back based on the condition of the cabinet and playfield. Tried hooking up the cpu with no joy, changed batteries..nothing. tried booting with out the prism card..nothing. So motherboard is toasted - could have told you that after looking at the cynix chip.
Grab a dell from a local computer shop for 100 spend about 24 man hours between trying to get pinbox to work, to finally finding the nucore download on a French website. Get that sorted, hook up the pc to the machine and half the solenoids won’t fire and machine keeps rebooting. I dig deeper to find that more than half the components on the driver board are corroded.
I fully understand that things happen. I called rob and was immediately told to essentially fuck myself and was hung up on. He called me back shortly after and tried to blame me but said he might have a spare. I posted up on a few local threads to avoid him as I didn’t get the warm and fuzzy.
I’ve been trying to work things out with him off this site but the blame keeps coming back to me for some reason. I took someone’s word for it and got burned. All I wanted was a game that worked, cpu aside. Nobody wants to even touch the driver board to make repairs based solely on pictures - I’ve been told by 3 people that work on these boards that it’s not worth it for them to take on, and truthfully with an infant at home I cannot either.
He keeps putting this on me and keeps saying he will fix it but will either hang up on me or if I text him he will say that I did something wrong.
Pictures attached are the “2k” pinbot I traded him and this is the board.