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Can't enter tournament mode on Stargate (Gottlieb system 3)


By dmieczko

5 years ago



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#1 5 years ago

As the title states, no matter what I do, I cannot get into tournament mode (or freeplay setting because of it) on my Gottlieb Stargate. I read that System 3 games should have two coin door switches that need to both work to enter tourament mode, but this Stargate only has one door open switch. Is there an easy way to bypass this switch requirement? Any other way to get into tournament mode or freeplay? Any advice would be very helpful...

#2 5 years ago

Just go over all your wiring. I've read this a few times and basically every time it's been resolved, it's been a wire that had come loose somewhere. Apparently it could be just about anything.

#3 5 years ago

to the upper left inside the coin door, there is a bank with 3 switches on it. One is a up and down slide switch. Slide it up and your in tournament. your game might be missing that board.

#4 5 years ago

Seen this before. Check the wires going to the kicker targets.

#5 5 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Seen this before. Check the wires going to the kicker targets.

Exactly .

#6 5 years ago

In the switch matrix, the tournament switch is in the same column as the center kicking target, left shooter, rollover drop target and left side rollover smart switch. You might see problems with these other switches which would further point to an issue at the kicking target.

If you were missing the A26 games control board you also wouldn't be able to adjust your volume. To refresh Neo's memory the board has the volume pot, tournament slider switch and momentary contact test switch.

viperrwk

#7 5 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Seen this before. Check the wires going to the kicker targets.

Me too. I found that someone had reversed the wires going to the target. Once I fixed that, the tourney switch worked and I could then set the game to free play.

#8 5 years ago

Ok. Got this fixed. One of the coin mechs was wired incorrectly. Fixed it and set to free play - thanks for all your help!!!

Dave

#9 5 years ago

Cool, that would do it too! Glad you figured it out.

I had seen wires broken off the kickers cause this on two SGs, from the hard vibration of those kickers...

#10 5 years ago

THANKS A MILLION FOR THIS POST!! I've been hunting for the cause of this exact problem for weeks and created a few topics about it on RGP. Today I got some great help from some pinheads on Facebook but we still couldn't find out the problem. Found this post, looked at the center kicking target and the wiring looked fine at a glance but was broken off upon further inspection! Again, thanks for this post and everyone's replies!! I can sleep well knowing my free play problem is fixed!!

#11 5 years ago

My pleasure! Sorry I haven't been on RGP lately or I would have been able to help sooner!

2 years later
#12 3 years ago

Love this forum. Just confirming that the center kicker target was indeed the issue for me as well. one of the wires had broken loose. Re-soldered it and then my tournament switch started working again.

7 months later
#13 2 years ago
Quoted from chrisnack:

Love this forum. Just confirming that the center kicker target was indeed the issue for me as well. one of the wires had broken loose. Re-soldered it and then my tournament switch started working again.

Absolutely!! This forum is the best. Saved me hours of tracking down wires. My problem was the center kicker as well.

1 year later
#14 1 year ago

Bumping this thread to say that this was exactly the same problem I had with my game - wire was loose on the centre kicker target.

2 months later
#15 1 year ago

And again , same issue . fixed . Thanks for the info

1 year later
#16 3 months ago

This post helped me diagnose and fix my stargate center kicker / tournament mode issue. The game would not go into tournement mode so I could select free play OR coin up manually using the coin mechs. I got under the PF and found some hogged out screw holes and 2 broken wires on the kicker. The kicker was very loose. It must get hammered during play.

All fixed now!

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#17 18 days ago

Hey all! Having the same issue on my Freddy nightmare on Elm St pin (can’t enter tournament mode for Freeplay) I noticed that there is a wire loose and capped off that is brown and blue striped... it looks like it may have come off the Freddy TV drop target, but I’m not sure. Could anyone be so kind as to check their Freddy for the correct wiring position? Or send pics? Thanks!

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