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Data East pinball club

By PinballManiac40

4 years ago

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“Do you have any Data East Pinball machines??”

  • Yes, I have one. 361 votes
  • I have one or more. 170 votes
  • Considering buying one or more. 56 votes
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#66 4 years ago

I've had a bunch of them:

3 Secret Service
2 Torpedo Alley
1 Robocop
1 Laser War
1 LW3

Right now, I only have TFTC and Tor. Alley... But I am looking to buy a friends DE Simpsons at some point in the future...

I like DE's a lot but I view it as an acquired taste for sure. I would also like to own a WWF at some point in the future. One other note, I can't stand JP and don't even buy them if they are available at a "fire sale" price!

2 years later
#568 2 years ago

I've sold TFTC since my last post. Still have TA and no plans to let it go. The early DE's look fantastic with quality LEDs in the play field.

#584 2 years ago

Just yesterday, I installed some original DE legs, complete with inside yellow stickers for my Torpedo Alley. Looks so much better!

#592 2 years ago
Quoted from ltd73:

Not sure what you mean by inside yellow stickers. Pictures please.

Those are Bally legs on your TA!

#593 2 years ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

The "yellow stickers" were not used till the early 90's.

I've owned quite a few Data East machines from the 80's and almost all of them had original Data East legs and the yellow "smiley face" stickers. Most notably, I bought a HUO BTTF from the original owner, and it had those stickers for certain. Maybe it was on just some late 80's (domestic?) machines.

#595 2 years ago

I was really just kidding... But now that I look at it, they do appear to be silver with no ribs in the flyer, and not the ribbed "gunmetal grey" Bally type.

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#819 2 years ago

Number 11 joins the club!

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#832 1 year ago

Regarding the TFTC switch issues,

On one (or more) of the switches you listed one (or more) of the following is faulty:
-one or more switch is bad
-one or more switch is wired backwards
-one or more of the switch's wires is touching where it should not be touching (fell off, ect.)
-one or more of the switch's diodes is bad

There could possibly be a solder splash on the backside of the MPU's switch connection components but that would usually affect an entire row or column and you are not see such symptoms. Likewise, a failing pre driver transistor would show a problem with an entire column so that's not likely either. So I would start by focusing on the play field, looking for the cause.

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#879 1 year ago

From the picture, it certainly looks like someone added these wires that are not the colors in the manual in order to perform an earlier repair. So, it is impossible to tell from your picture if it's correct.

In this case, you will want to disconnect one of the wires to absolutely determine which one is DC power by testing each wire for power. You MUST remove one or both of the wires to determine this!

The power wire goes to the banded diode side and the other wire (the grounding one) goes to the non banded side. This is true for almost every solid state machine that has diodes on it's coils.

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