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Data East pinball club

By PinballManiac40

5 years ago

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

  • Yes, I have one. 379 votes
  • I have one or more. 184 votes
  • Considering buying one or more. 57 votes
  • No, never 33 votes

(Multiple choice - 653 votes by 633 Pinsiders)

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#240 4 years ago

I really like GNR. Played it a few times. But really like that the music is dependant on gameplay. Not a fan of how Stern is doing current band pins. Where you select a song, and that's pretty much all you listen to while you play. I can do that with any pin. It's called a radio.

Currently on my second Data East Pin. Growing up, I always seemed to be attracted to Data East machines. Probably because they seemed to based off movies.

But I just sold my Laser War and bought a Jurassic Park.

3 weeks later
#255 4 years ago
Quoted from BulkOfTheSeries:

Yeah. It's a common move by Data East owners. A quick search will yield dozens of threads on it, I'm sure. It's a known thing and huge culprit of every DE machine having broken plastics all over.

Just rebuilt my flippers on my JP. Before I thought they were too weak, and rebuilding still wouldn't be much of an improvement. The only time I could get up the ramp was with a nice clean shot. A lot of times it just never had enough power to make it all the way.

But after this flipper rebuild, they're almost too powerful. TONS of airballs, and the ball is hitting a rubber post, and jumping back completely over the wire form ramp that crosses the playfield.

#257 4 years ago

Anyone know if JP has an option to set the strength on the flippers? I can check on my own, but currently the machine is down. I did do some tests last night, and I'm going to have to weaken my flippers for certain. It's not about broken plastics, it's about the ball jumping over everything. I've never seen it so bad. Machines I've played before, I'd have maybe one airball. This is every other flip. The upper right flipper is hitting the ball so hard, it's jumping over the right shoulder of the trex and landing in the helicopter lane. This was a few times.

#259 4 years ago

Here's a question. If power has stopped to two coils, does that extra power go to the other coils?

Currently have VUK and Autoplunger problems, and the F8 fuse keeps blowing. But in my test last night, I noticed that the TRex diagnostics that perform every time you start up the machine was chomping much faster than normal. So is that extra un-used power also going to the flippers? Maybe that's why they're so powerful right now?

#262 4 years ago
Quoted from PinballManiac40:

You need to test out the big TIP36C transistors on the PPB board (bottom left board in the backbox). Likely you have one or two that are shorted blowing out the fuse.

I believe you are right. Someone suggested replacing the TIP122. I did so just assuming it was bad. It may have been, but didn't fix the issue. I DMM tested the TIP36Cs, and the Q3 one tested differently than the others. And it just happens to be the VUK one. New TIP36C should be here friday.

#264 4 years ago

Finally got my JP up and running again. Replaced all components connected to the VUK on the PPB Board. First few things like the TIP36C did nothing. Fuse kept blowing. So i decided to replace all the parts connected to the VUK.

The good news is, my flipper strength seems to be back to normal. No massive airballs like I was getting while the VUK was down. So it had to have been given more power to the flippers.

2 weeks later
#271 4 years ago

After having my Laser War, I kinda wanted to try Secret Service and Torpedo Alley. Watching videos of them looked fun.

2 years later
#921 1 year ago

How would these decals work? It's a sticker, right. Not a metal replacement? That looks like it's be a pain to make sure every hole is aligned, and it if it doesn't look OEM, it'd drive me nuts.

4 months later
#1103 1 year ago

Thinking about selling my DE Powerboard from my JP. What's something like this worth? I pulled it out and replaced it with an Xpin one to be more future proof. There was an issue with the sound cutting out that I could never track down, and someone suggested just replacing the powerboard.

The only visible issue I see is that one of the pins looks a little toasty.

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