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Earthshaker Owners Club - it's all your fault!


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#851 3 months ago
Quoted from Jeroen:

I see in your GI section two different QC bulbs; one with 1 output and one with 2 outputs. Can't find them in the shop at Comet.
Can you specify for me? Or send me a link to the right item?
Almost done ordering now...pfff big list

I can’t find them now either, and scanning through my order didn’t help. But “matrix splitter” can turn one matrix output from a GI bayonet into two or three. The comet team is very responsive via e-mail.

Note two other things from my video: 1) cyan is the wrong choice for the blue row in the institute. Use blue. 2) don’t overdo it with the star post lights. If they’re close to the player and directly visible, they’re a bit much. Consider getting a couple of inline dimmers.

Last thing: I learned the hard way that the bolts that attach the star posts and other fixtures to the t-nuts under the playfield tend to bend over time, and so they can break when you unscrew them. Good to have some of these on hand. I didn’t so I improvised something at Home Depot. I’m sure Marco has ‘em.

Can’t wait to see your results!

#852 3 months ago

With comet warm white frosted leds installed

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#853 3 months ago
Quoted from russdx:

With comet warm white frosted leds installed[quoted image][quoted image]

Warm whites all the way... beautiful

#854 3 months ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

Warm whites all the way... beautiful

I'm seriously thinking about sunlight whites. I know the warm whites comes as close as possible to the incandescents. Still I would like a little more brightness without going all the way with the cool whites.

#855 3 months ago
Quoted from Jeroen:

I'm seriously thinking about sunlight whites. I know the warm whites comes as close as possible to the incandescents. Still I would like a little more brightness without going all the way with the cool whites.

That might be nice. For me, if I make it too bright, The reflection of the back box on the glass becomes too much

#856 3 months ago
Quoted from spblat:

Here's what mine looks like, resulting in a stuck ball until the fault closes, robbing the player of the lock

I ran into this issue as well. I tweaked/adjusted things and never could get it to clear the wire guide every time... about 50% of the time the ball would get hung up there. So I just bend the wire guide out a hair and with that, problem solved.

#857 3 months ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

That might be nice. For me, if I make it too bright, The reflection of the back box on the glass becomes too much

I think just the sunlights for the pf. Warm whites for the back box...

#858 3 months ago
Quoted from pencilneck:

I ran into this issue as well. I tweaked/adjusted things and never could get it to clear the wire guide every time... about 50% of the time the ball would get hung up there. So I just bend the wire guide out a hair and with that, problem solved.

Thanks to the suggestion from jhanley I got some help from a buddy with a welder. We filled in the space, ground it flat, then dremeled in a new slot. Earthshaker fault problem fixed!
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#859 3 months ago
Quoted from spblat:

Earthshaker fault problem fixed!

Wow! Congratulations! He did a great job filling the area.

#860 3 months ago

Great fix, had no idea it could get that worn!!

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#861 3 months ago

Having a hard time ordering my Sunlight bulbs from Comet. More often bulbs are sold out and I don't want to pay shipping twice by ordering in batches.
I need these 1smd bulbs for GI. Others like the 2smd are too bright or de NG versions won't fit the holes in the pf because they're slightly bigger in size.

#862 89 days ago

Any one get ball stuck here? Happened twice now lol

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#863 87 days ago

Ordered my Ultimate Led Kit at Pinball Bulbs yesterday during their Black Friday offer. Incredibly helpful and fast too. Everything was immediately available.
Great service guys...thanks a lot

And I managed helping them out with completing their custom list by adding leds #555 for the Earthquake Institute

#864 82 days ago

I have an Earthshaker playfield protector from Germany that I am not going to use as I decided to go with a playfield swap instead. Priced well to sell. Will ship within US. Pm me if interested.

#865 81 days ago

Does anyone know if there is a known issue with the Institute stopping halfway up and down?
When I cycle the game it it always goes up and down full (even if it was sitting halfway at the start) but at any given time during the game, it starts sitting at half-mast vs full up or down. other times it works just fine..

I believe this is an original institute not an aftermarket mod.

I have looked but I am not finding any information. The Optos seems to work well every time I test it.. it only happens in gameplay and seems to be a code glitch more than anything else...

Just curious if anyone has heard or seen of this?

#866 81 days ago

I have an original institute ES and the building is always up or down, never half way. As you say when you switch the machine on (from memory) it cycles through down and up.

#867 81 days ago
Quoted from matt_adams:

I have an original institute ES and the building is always up or down, never halfway. As you say when you switch the machine on (from memory) it cycles through down and up.

Yes, mine always cycles up and down properly when turning the power on and off. but during the game, it will shift from working normally to going up or down and stopping at the halfway mode, it seems very deliberate...

#868 80 days ago
Quoted from Scoot:

I have an Earthshaker playfield protector from Germany that I am not going to use as I decided to go with a playfield swap instead. Priced well to sell. Will ship within US. Pm me if interested.

Sold.

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#869 73 days ago

New Earthshaker owner here. I love this game!

#870 73 days ago
Quoted from mountainmaninGA:

New Earthshaker owner here. I love this game!

Welcome to the club... one of the simplest rulesets in my collection, yet always has that one more game feeling. Great callouts... best shaker integration ever (duh, they don’t call me captain obvious for nothing) and overall wonderful gameplay. It’s taught me how to manage multiball and use flipper staging to get that jackpot!!

#871 73 days ago

Just put my ES up for sale in the market place. Selling the house and no room to keep it Hope it can go to a good home.

#872 72 days ago
Quoted from mountainmaninGA:

New Earthshaker owner here. I love this game!

As per the unwritten rules of ES ownership... you are required to be asked:

1 - Do you have Whirlwind?
2 - Does the building drop?

No ES owner escapes these questions.

#873 71 days ago
Quoted from johnrezz:

Yes, mine always cycles up and down properly when turning the power on and off. but during the game, it will shift from working normally to going up or down and stopping at the halfway mode, it seems very deliberate...

Motor is going bad I believe it uses a CCW Counter Clockwise motor. If the motor is going bad it will at times reverse causing the issue you are having.

Don

#874 71 days ago

Hi all...
I have huge difficulties finding replacement parts as shown in the pic. All metal posts shown broke off their threads so I'm missing all posts circled in red. Is there someone who knows what the part numbers are and maybe even where to get 'em. Can't seem to locate a vendor.

If anyone knows or is willing to order for me with full expenses paid please shoot me a PM.

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#875 71 days ago

Posts and bases? Those posts are threaded on both sides and the bases are the same for all of them.

#876 71 days ago

Sand the bottoms of the posts where the threaded part broke off. Drill and tap, then use a matching screw up into the post. Problem solved

#877 69 days ago
Quoted from Jeroen:

Hi all...
I have huge difficulties finding replacement parts as shown in the pic. All metal posts shown broke off their threads so I'm missing all posts circled in red. Is there someone who knows what the part numbers are and maybe even where to get 'em. Can't seem to locate a vendor.
If anyone knows or is willing to order for me with full expenses paid please shoot me a PM.[quoted image]

Sometimes electronic stores have pcb standoff posts, also hardware stores have them sometimes, the bolt holes or lugs may be different sizes than the originals

#878 68 days ago
Quoted from Jeroen:

Hi all...
I have huge difficulties finding replacement parts as shown in the pic. All metal posts shown broke off their threads so I'm missing all posts circled in red. Is there someone who knows what the part numbers are and maybe even where to get 'em. Can't seem to locate a vendor.
If anyone knows or is willing to order for me with full expenses paid please shoot me a PM.[quoted image]

I’ve probably got all of this stuff. I’ve got all the parts from two fully populated playfields.
If you can measure the posts needed, I can probably help you out.

#879 67 days ago

1. Is there a hardtop available for this machine?
2. Based off of this one photo, assuming everything you couldn't see was perfect... what would you value this machine at: $1500, $1750, or $2000?

May be joining the club soon. I am evaluating a package deal trade that includes this Earthshaker. As you can see, there is quite a bit of wear on the playfield. Assuming everything worked, it would be really great to play an Earthshaker, even in this condition for just a few months like this before moving it on. Is there a Hardtop available for this game? I couldn't find one on Google. I doubt it would be worth my time and effort to do a full playfield swap on this...

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#880 67 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

1. Is there a hardtop available for this machine?
2. Based off of this one photo, assuming everything you couldn't see was perfect... what would you value this machine at: $1500, $1750, or $2000?
May be joining the club soon. I am evaluating a package deal trade that includes this Earthshaker. As you can see, there is quite a bit of wear on the playfield. Assuming everything worked, it would be really great to play an Earthshaker, even in this condition for just a few months like this before moving it on. Is there a Hardtop available for this game? I couldn't find one on Google. I doubt it would be worth my time and effort to do a full playfield swap on this...[quoted image]

If you plan on only keeping it for a few months then just play it. I did a playfield swap a year ago on mine simply because it's a keeper for me. The one you show looks pretty good (minus the wear spots and colored leds in the backbox) and has a blue display which is awesome. I could see you paying any of those prices too. If you can get it for anything under $2000 I think it would be a steal. I might just be biased since Earthshaker is one of my favorites.

#881 67 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

1. Is there a hardtop available for this machine?
2. Based off of this one photo, assuming everything you couldn't see was perfect... what would you value this machine at: $1500, $1750, or $2000?
May be joining the club soon. I am evaluating a package deal trade that includes this Earthshaker. As you can see, there is quite a bit of wear on the playfield. Assuming everything worked, it would be really great to play an Earthshaker, even in this condition for just a few months like this before moving it on. Is there a Hardtop available for this game? I couldn't find one on Google. I doubt it would be worth my time and effort to do a full playfield swap on this...[quoted image]

I just noticed that the fault mech is open. It shouldn't be and only opens when you are about to lock a ball. It may not be working.

#882 65 days ago
Quoted from Boof-Ed:

I’ve probably got all of this stuff. I’ve got all the parts from two fully populated playfields.
If you can measure the posts needed, I can probably help you out.

I shot you a pm

#883 65 days ago
Quoted from Scoot:

If you plan on only keeping it for a few months then just play it. I did a playfield swap a year ago on mine simply because it's a keeper for me. The one you show looks pretty good (minus the wear spots and colored leds in the backbox) and has a blue display which is awesome. I could see you paying any of those prices too. If you can get it for anything under $2000 I think it would be a steal. I might just be biased since Earthshaker is one of my favorites.

Thanks! Ended up with another trade but Earthshaker is on my list!

#884 59 days ago

This is probably a System 11b generic issue but I recently lost my displays, replaced Fuse F2 on the power supply board and after an hour of play the top display started with this...note the top display.

I'm assuming this is a PS issue...

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#885 59 days ago

Reseat the display ribbon cables with the power off.

#886 59 days ago

No such luck

#887 59 days ago

Post a pic of your mpu, focusing on the battery area/above the battery.

#888 59 days ago

Also - did you reseat both ends of the ribbon cable? Try flipping the cable end for end.

#889 59 days ago
Quoted from gutz:

Also - did you reseat both ends of the ribbon cable? Try flipping the cable end for end.

Yeah I did, in fact I have a Taxi sitting next to it and here are photos with the corresponding Taxi ribbon cable in the same place. I think I see what y'all are getting that, the ribbon cable being out of place or bad, but cable swap didn't seem to matter and the red line is pin 1 on both connectors.

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#891 59 days ago
Quoted from dustradio:

Yeah I did, in fact I have a Taxi sitting next to it and here are photos with the corresponding Taxi ribbon cable in the same place. I think I see what y'all are getting that, the ribbon cable being out of place or bad, but cable swap didn't seem to matter and the red line is pin 1 on both connectors.[quoted image][quoted image]

How about a pic of the battery area on the mpu (remove the ribbon cable)? Any battery leaks? The circuitry/traces for the displays are in the corrosion zone.

#892 59 days ago
Quoted from gutz:

How about a pic of the battery area on the mpu (remove the ribbon cable)? Any battery leaks? The circuitry/traces for the displays are in the corrosion zone.

Don't think so.

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#893 59 days ago

FWIW the Taxi right next door, sharing the same wall outlet just did this:

Not sure if coincidence or what...I powered the Taxi on and off again and all was well. FWIW this behavior is new to both machines.

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#894 58 days ago

Report from today. Flipped on the machine today. Displays look great, however the background music decided to take New Years Eve off. Music test is silent, all other sound FX sound as normal. No error messages..

Any ideas?

Side note: In video games I almost always turn the background music either off or way down low. A pinball with no background music is really not as fun.

#895 58 days ago
Quoted from dustradio:

Don't think so.[quoted image][quoted image]

Here's some good advice... Replace those shit batteries immediately with some lithium or at LEAST some alkaline batteries! You may not have a battery leakage issue now, but you will eventually, if you continue to use those obsolete-20-years-ago "heavy duty" lead acid batteries!
Once you get them out of there, please dispose of/recycle them responsibly!

#896 56 days ago
Quoted from TheOnlyest:

Here's some good advice... Replace those shit batteries immediately with some lithium or at LEAST some alkaline batteries! You may not have a battery leakage issue now, but you will eventually, if you continue to use those obsolete-20-years-ago "heavy duty" lead acid batteries!
Once you get them out of there, please dispose of/recycle them responsibly!

Oddly enough I made note of those batteries when I first got the machine a few months ago. I thought "Huh, didn't know GM made AA batteries". Never occurred to me that they'd be anything other than alkaline. Thanks for pointing that out!

#897 56 days ago
Quoted from dustradio:

This is probably a System 11b generic issue but I recently lost my displays, replaced Fuse F2 on the power supply board and after an hour of play the top display started with this...note the top display.
I'm assuming this is a PS issue...[quoted image][quoted image]

Hopefully this helps:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/williams-system-11-score-diplay-issue-

And I'll dogpile on those batteries as well. Get NVRAM and never worry about batteries again.

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#898 47 days ago
Quoted from Boof-Ed:

I’ve probably got all of this stuff. I’ve got all the parts from two fully populated playfields.
If you can measure the posts needed, I can probably help you out.

Thats exactly the problem... I don't have the sizes because I, unknowingly of their 'hard-to-find'ness, threw them out after I depopulated mine and broke of in the process.
Is there still anything You can do? Maybe send me the complete bundle of these posts. I'll then for sure have the correct sizes and in the end some spares.

PM me for details if this is a way you could/would go.

Tia

#899 46 days ago
Quoted from Jeroen:

Thats exactly the problem... I don't have the sizes because I, unknowingly of their 'hard-to-find'ness, threw them out after I depopulated mine and broke of in the process.
Is there still anything You can do? Maybe send me the complete bundle of these posts. I'll then for sure have the correct sizes and in the end some spares.
PM me for details if this is a way you could/would go.
Tia

I sent you a pm 18 days ago explaining that all the posts are mixed up in a pile of probably 50 others. I don’t just have a set of Earthshaker specific posts all together. They are all mixed in with many others. I said I had the three smaller post sorted but didn’t know the sizes for the 4 at the back. I would like to and will happily help you out with what you need but I’d like to keep the spares incase I need them. That’s not unreasonable is it?

#900 46 days ago

found my old post pictures from 2003. Unfortunately I didn't hold a ruler up to the posts like I started to on later strips but maybe you can tell based on the relative sizes and known quantities which is which.

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