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Ghostbuster Issue Thread


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#4351 45 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

It possible, then, that the diode has come loose from the node board from vibration, cutting off power. Stern can help you diagnose.

One thing to mention, the Node Board is showing a red light but not the green light like the rest.

#4352 44 days ago
Quoted from Rager170:

Yes, it is definitely loose. I checked it. It feels like its about to break off. It was leaning really far over when I spotted it last night and when I bent it back with intentions of putting the spacer in, it felt like it was going to break off...

Sounds like the diode from the service bulletin is your issue, then. If you have soldering skills you can likely fix it yourself.

#4353 44 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

Sounds like the diode from the service bulletin is your issue, then. If you have soldering skills you can likely fix it yourself.

haha, that is the challenge in itself for me. Im not very good but I guess at this point it couldnt hurt!

Thanks again for the help.. very appreciated.

#4354 43 days ago
Quoted from Rager170:

haha, that is the challenge in itself for me. Im not very good but I guess at this point it couldnt hurt!
Thanks again for the help.. very appreciated.

Borygard here on pinside repairs node boards. Might want to see if he can do it for you, or if he has a swap service.

#4355 43 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

Borygard here on pinside repairs node boards. Might want to see if he can do it for you, or if he has a swap service.

Its all good. I ordered another one.

I assume I will need to reinstall the code to program that new node?

#4356 42 days ago
Quoted from Rager170:

Its all good. I ordered another one.
I assume I will need to reinstall the code to program that new node?

It should automatically program the new node board when you power on. Just make sure the dip switch settings are right first.

#4357 42 days ago
Quoted from vireland:

It should automatically program the new node board when you power on. Just make sure the dip switch settings are right first.

Sounds good, thanks again!

#4358 37 days ago

This may have already been answered so my apologies for reposting. I’ve recently noticed that in the Triple Newton Ball feature, the ball is getting caught up at the gate (see photo with orange circle where ball is getting caught). Is there an easy fix for this? Thanks!

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#4359 36 days ago
Quoted from tppin:

This may have already been answered so my apologies for reposting. I’ve recently noticed that in the Triple Newton Ball feature, the ball is getting caught up at the gate (see photo with orange circle where ball is getting caught). Is there an easy fix for this? Thanks![quoted image]

Does the gate move freely with your hand? It looks like the lower wire for the gate might be close enough to the plastic that it binds. If that's it, bend it just a little to create some clearance.

Are you perfectly level side to side? What's your playfield pitch?

#4360 36 days ago

Have another issue with my machine. All of a sudden my left Scoleri Brother target will not stay up. Comes up and shoots right back down. Its not machine gunning... I took a quick look and I didnt see the drop ledge broken or anything out of the norm. When I do it manually to raise the target with my finger, it stays up.

Seems strange. Any ideas?

#4361 36 days ago
Quoted from tppin:

This may have already been answered so my apologies for reposting. I’ve recently noticed that in the Triple Newton Ball feature, the ball is getting caught up at the gate (see photo with orange circle where ball is getting caught). Is there an easy fix for this? Thanks![quoted image]

Try loosening the lock nuts on top of the plastic. I had a similar issue which was solved by loosening just one of those.

#4362 34 days ago
Quoted from TonLoc777:

Try loosening the lock nuts on top of the plastic. I had a similar issue which was solved by loosening just one of those.

Thanks so much for the advice! That took care of the issue!

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#4363 22 days ago

I have a NIB GB pro. #1 slimer does not appear to register at all, either by hand or ball. I've read some suggestions and I'll try those tomorrow.
#2 where does slimer come down for people cause mine appears off angle to every picture or video I've seen. Mine comes down directly over 3x where all others I've seen come down over the gozer/pop bumpers lane. Thoughts/suggestions? Even my air ball protector has a butt cut out over the gozer lane.

#4364 19 days ago

Pro slimer only goes up and down not left and right

#4365 18 days ago
Quoted from embryon:

Pro slimer only goes up and down not left and right

Yes, I know. But if you had pro you wouldn't expect your slimer to block the left ramp as if some if the assembly parts were bent or out of wack. But before I go about tweaking, just thought I'd get a perspective where other pros were coming down on the playfield.

#4366 17 days ago

Sorry I didn't realise it was blocking the ramp. Sounds like you need to adjust the rod alignment.

#4367 15 days ago

Has anyone had issues with their plunger not performing very well out of the box (if you recall). The auto plunger seems to send the ball around most times relatively easily. A full manual plunge often gets caught somewhere preventing the ball going around smoothly.

Initially upon inspection the plunger appeared to hit the ball right of center. I tried adjusting the plunger (moved basically all the way left, and a little up) to get it what I thought was center but the ball seems to still struggle. I also don't like the fact that the plunger assembly is now covering a small portion of the artwork rather then staying inside the black box of the vinyl print.

Any suggestions?

What tests can I do to rule out certain things?

Is it better to hit the ball slightly higher?

#4368 15 days ago
Quoted from gk_usa:

Has anyone had issues with their plunger not performing very well out of the box (if you recall). The auto plunger seems to send the ball around most times relatively easily. A full manual plunge often gets caught somewhere preventing the ball going around smoothly.
Initially upon inspection the plunger appeared to hit the ball right of center. I tried adjusting the plunger (moved basically all the way left, and a little up) to get it what I thought was center but the ball seems to still struggle. I also don't like the fact that the plunger assembly is now covering a small portion of the artwork rather then staying inside the black box of the vinyl print.
Any suggestions?
What tests can I do to rule out certain things?
Is it better to hit the ball slightly higher?

I was under the impression that was just a bad design from the factory. It could be hitting the gate around that bend or other parts around there by Stay Puft.

#4369 14 days ago
Quoted from gk_usa:

Has anyone had issues with their plunger not performing very well out of the box (if you recall). The auto plunger seems to send the ball around most times relatively easily. A full manual plunge often gets caught somewhere preventing the ball going around smoothly.
Initially upon inspection the plunger appeared to hit the ball right of center. I tried adjusting the plunger (moved basically all the way left, and a little up) to get it what I thought was center but the ball seems to still struggle. I also don't like the fact that the plunger assembly is now covering a small portion of the artwork rather then staying inside the black box of the vinyl print.
Any suggestions?
What tests can I do to rule out certain things?
Is it better to hit the ball slightly higher?

Are they still putting a piece of mylar near the first gate orbit. Many have removed this as it would slightly airball and hit the gate

#4370 14 days ago
Quoted from Rager170:

I was under the impression that was just a bad design from the factory. It could be hitting the gate around that bend or other parts around there by Stay Puft.

But then i would expect both manual plunge and auto plunge to have the same effect?

#4371 14 days ago
Quoted from embryon:

Are they still putting a piece of mylar near the first gate orbit. Many have removed this as it would slightly airball and hit the gate

As in near stay puft? Wouldn't the ball from the shooter lane just land on the mylar. If I shot the right orbit from the flipper then that's a different situation.

Yes mine has this mylar here

#4372 13 days ago
Quoted from gk_usa:

As in near stay puft? Wouldn't the ball from the shooter lane just land on the mylar. If I shot the right orbit from the flipper then that's a different situation.
Yes mine has this mylar here

Actually you might be right. The Mylar did cause orbit shot issues when I come to think of it. If you don't have a problem with orbits I'd leave it. My first le playfield was fine with it but the replacement one needed it removed.

#4373 13 days ago

I had a really tough time with my shooter lane.. right orbit ball guide was too high (or shooter lane ramp too low), either way I ended up filing down the right orbit ball guide
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnaU11PFIde/

I still had inconsistent ball launch issues, but after shimming up the left fork on the shooter lane ramp a bit it only happens occasionally.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnaVVvsF9PF/ (Watch the videos)

#4374 13 days ago
Quoted from ScottyC:

I had a really tough time with my shooter lane.. right orbit ball guide was too high (or shooter lane ramp too low), either way I ended up filing down the right orbit ball guide
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnaU11PFIde/
I still had inconsistent ball launch issues, but after shimming up the left fork on the shooter lane ramp a bit it only happens occasionally.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnaVVvsF9PF/ (Watch the videos)

Interesting, I like that shim idea.

I'll take a close look. But I definitely get the sense there's some rattling going on. Mine could be doing the exact same thing.

#4376 12 days ago

Just purchased a used premium today. Does anyone know off hand what the fix is for an overly sensitive slimer? Hits register fine but slime hits also randomly register when the ball is in the pop bumpers and hitting other random shots fairly near the slimer toy. Thank you

#4377 10 days ago

Did stern change the design of node boards 8 and 9? I realize they are the same part number. Reason for asking. Error message: “node board 9 not found” on start up. Using diagnostics node 9 not initialized (Only led on is red=constant). So I look at the pdf file on sterns website to add a foam or whatever piece to lessen vibration on a diode so it wont break. Well neither of my node boards have the d9 shown on the photos on their pdf.

Marco doesn’t have these in stock. I imagine no one does and they all just order as needed from stern?

Only had this 3rd hand machine a few months, looked at the manual, looked in the back box, cabinet also.... so where do they hide the damn fuses? Are they inside the power supply... main board has all power leds as well as Rx Tx, etc all looking like they should.

Any thoughts or pointers regarding this appreciated.

#4378 10 days ago
Quoted from EdHess:

Did stern change the design of node boards 8 and 9? I realize they are the same part number. Reason for asking. Error message: “node board 9 not found” on start up. Using diagnostics node 9 not initialized (Only led on is red=constant). So I look at the pdf file on sterns website to add a foam or whatever piece to lessen vibration on a diode so it wont break. Well neither of my node boards have the d9 shown on the photos on their pdf.
Marco doesn’t have these in stock. I imagine no one does and they all just order as needed from stern?
Only had this 3rd hand machine a few months, looked at the manual, looked in the back box, cabinet also.... so where do they hide the damn fuses? Are they inside the power supply... main board has all power leds as well as Rx Tx, etc all looking like they should.
Any thoughts or pointers regarding this appreciated.

Was the service kit done on your node boards before you got it? If not, the diode leg likely just broke off the board.

https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stern-SB189.pdf
https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stern-SB190revB.pdf
https://sternpinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stern-SB188.pdf

You can swap node 8 and 9 and just change the dip switches so 8 becomes a 9.

Also, if you don't have experience to try to fix the board, borygard here on pinside repairs these.

Can you take a clear picture of your node 9 board so I can see what you're talking about with D9 being missing?

#4379 10 days ago

Pic of node 9 and node 8. As you can see D9 does not look anything like what is pictured in sterns pdf file for securing the diode.

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#4380 10 days ago
Quoted from EdHess:

Did stern change the design of node boards 8 and 9? I realize they are the same part number. Reason for asking. Error message: “node board 9 not found” on start up. Using diagnostics node 9 not initialized (Only led on is red=constant). So I look at the pdf file on sterns website to add a foam or whatever piece to lessen vibration on a diode so it wont break. Well neither of my node boards have the d9 shown on the photos on their pdf.
Marco doesn’t have these in stock. I imagine no one does and they all just order as needed from stern?
Only had this 3rd hand machine a few months, looked at the manual, looked in the back box, cabinet also.... so where do they hide the damn fuses? Are they inside the power supply... main board has all power leds as well as Rx Tx, etc all looking like they should.
Any thoughts or pointers regarding this appreciated.

I just had this problem and I needed a replacement board. I bought it from Pinball Life. https://www.pinballlife.com/stern-spike-spike-2-node-board-520-5017-72.html

#4381 10 days ago
Quoted from EdHess:

Pic of node 9 and node 8. As you can see D9 does not look anything like what is pictured in sterns pdf file for securing the diode.[quoted image][quoted image]

I dont think thats the right node board. It looks different as you have said..

EDIT - Actually, I think it is but looks like the diode broke off? It seems to be missing compared to this image.

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#4382 10 days ago
Quoted from Rager170:

I dont think thats the right node board. It looks different as you have said..
EDIT - Actually, I think it is but looks like the diode broke off? It seems to be missing compared to this image.[quoted image]

Perhaps you didn't realize that I posted pics of both node 8 board and node 9 board. Node 8 board has all leds functioning. I asked the question because node 8 board while looking identical is not having any issues or errors. If I am reading the printing on the boards correctly in the 2 two photos I posted, there is actually a component in the place marked as d9 on both boards as you can see. My photo is more closeup than others posted. Mine do not show anything to lead me to believe anything has broken off, which is why I asked.

#4383 10 days ago
Quoted from EdHess:

Perhaps you didn't realize that I posted pics of both node 8 board and node 9 board. Node 8 board has all leds functioning. I asked the question because node 8 board while looking identical is not having any issues or errors. If I am reading the printing on the boards correctly in the 2 two photos I posted, there is actually a component in the place marked as d9 on both boards as you can see. My photo is more closeup than others posted. Mine do not show anything to lead me to believe anything has broken off, which is why I asked.

Sorry, I did not realize they were pics of two different boards. That is strange that they look different.

#4384 8 days ago

Found in another post, Some boards had the D9 diode installed as surface mount... Either way still waiting for a new board to arrive. I bought 3 so I have spares from 3 different vendors. From what i have been reading it will be piece of mind. Lots of info in the thread "holy node board batman"

#4385 8 days ago
Quoted from EdHess:

Found in another post, Some boards had the D9 diode installed as surface mount... Either way still waiting for a new board to arrive. I bought 3 so I have spares from 3 different vendors. From what i have been reading it will be piece of mind. Lots of info in the thread "holy node board batman"

Definitely contact Borygard to see if he can fix your broken node board. He likely can...

#4386 8 days ago

Anyone know what Borygard charges to diagnose/repair a node board??

#4387 8 days ago
Quoted from marspinball:

Anyone know what Borygard charges to diagnose/repair a node board??

Probably depends on which node board. Send him a PM.

#4388 2 days ago

Ok something is driving me a little crazy on this machine. Almost every time when the ball comes out from the PKE ramp wireform, it has spin on it, hits the playfield and spins right into the outlane.

Any thoughts on how to fix this?

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