(Topic ID: 229275)

Gladiator : ball gets locked and game play doesn’t proceed.


By Smart_Bomb

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

I am working on a Gladiators pin and when i launch the ball and it drops into the ball lock spot by the pop bumpers, the game play doesn’t proceed. Another ball does not shoot into the plunger spot. The game just sets idle once that ball goes into that lock spot. Why would it do this? What should i look at to remedy this issue?

#2 6 months ago

Never seen a gladiators before and not familiar with it at all but is the area of the ball lock a roll over switch? Is the switch closing when the ball is in the lock?

#3 6 months ago

My Alien Star was doing this on Saturday. A quick lift of the playfield and slight bending of the switch resolved the issue.

It looks like Gladiators is a DMD, so you'll have some form of switch test in the menu. Get into the switch test and push down on the switch with your finger and see if it registers. If it doesn't then you'll want to lift the playfield and really make sure the switch is closing completely. If it still doesn't work, chances are a wire has come loose.

If it does work with your finger, then put a ball in the saucer and see if it registers. Chances are that it won't. In that case, slightly bend the switch until it registers when the ball is in the saucer.

The entire point is that sometimes they will register with your finger, but the ball when rolling over / sitting on the switch doesn't push the switch down far enough and the metal arm needs bent.

#4 6 months ago

I will do your suggestions and report back. I did assume as much but just wanted to hear from others.

It is switch 21 for those that are interested....the “Mystery Ball” lock hidden behind the pop bumpers at top of playfield.

#5 6 months ago

I sprayed some contact cleaner on the micro switch and to seems to be working.

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