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Gottlieb Volcano Club –DANGER, DANGER, DANGER!

By OzPaul

6 years ago


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#1 6 years ago

Anyone else love Volcano?

My machine had some ball wear. Must have been really popular, back in the 80’s!

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Thanks to the internet, I could print off a reference photo and try my best at hand drawing/colouring small details.

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The black clouds were a bit tricky to replicate, so used a terry towel cloth for some sort of similar pattern. First 2pac clear down, so had some fish eyes to start with.
After two more clear coats down, the clear smoothed out.

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Inserts were pre-scanned, repaired (best I could in photo shop) and reapplied with water slide decals. Came out ok, when backlit.

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New pop bumper bodies/caps and plastics from PBR installed.

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I still have some major work to do on the outer backglass. A lot of artwork has de-laminated and missing, so planning on scanning into Photoshop and try to replicate on a new piece of glass.

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Unfortunately my machine was missing the sound/speech board, so am currently using a Pascal PI-FX sound only, sound board, until I can source an original replacement. This is what I have.

http://www.flippp.fr/pifx.php

Also own a Haunted House which is a really nice machine, but I still prefer to play Volcano with all the harder shots and the multi-ball feature.

Join the club and share the Volcano love!

#2 6 years ago

Really cool game with unique playfield and gameplay. Vocano, volcano, volcano.....just sold mine. Near perfect playfield.

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2 months later
#3 6 years ago

Love this game and just re-joined the club after 30 years! Had one when I was little in 1986. Looking for both backglasses if someone has one or both to sell!

#4 6 years ago

Count me in!

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#5 5 years ago

Anyone interested in this lamp - would make a great topper for Volcano - you can see the exact one I'm offering here - it's pretty cool:

-Nate

#6 5 years ago

Need a little help bringing a Volcano back to life. Man, this table has a saga. It was perfect at purchase, outside of a rough and tumble cab, the thing is pristine. And then, in transport the SUV carrying the table got in a head-on car collision. Car veered into oncoming traffic and clipped the SUV. Guy going wrong way didn't make it. . .

Anyway. The rear door of the SUV had to be cut off to get the table out. Accident was that bad. Surprisingly, the cab is no worse for the wear, the back glass is fine. Everything looks the same.

Buuuuut, the power supply seems to be jacked now. Turning on the pin all the table lights come on, and the flashers in the backglass go, but none of the displays light up, no sound, no real boot up of the game.

Checked all the fuses, all fine. Looking at the power board, the 12v LED lights up but the 5v is dead. Checked out the test points on the power board and the only one in range is TP1 (was 66.8, TP1 is 60v). TP2 is running 51.7 (TP2 42v), 3 is ground, TP4 is basically zero (0.41, TP4 is 5v) and TP5 is back up to 2.99 (TP5 is 8v).

So it looks like a power board problem. Is it fixable? Is there some other thing I'm overlooking? Scrap it and get a new power board (they're not that expensive)?. LOVE the sys80 tables, but maaaaybe not a good place to start collecting pins? But if you find yourself in the deep end, it's sink or swim (no electronics experience, but I have access to someone who has extensive experience).

I'll attach a pic of the power board for reference. All tests were performed with the connector to the logic board detached.

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4 weeks later
#7 5 years ago

I had a Volcano a couple of years ago, great game, my friend hated it since he always drained alot LOL

Fixed the playfield on mine.

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Traded it away for a Cybernaut.

#8 5 years ago

I would like to join also.
Played this game at Pin-Maine-ia in 2009 and have been looking for one since.

I finally bought one in Allentown this year.
Pictures to follow.

2 years later
#9 2 years ago

I just joined the club myself... My game sits in my current collection of 8 games (chronologically arranged) between Genie and Devil's Dare and looks amazing!! The game is set for three ball as it should be, because in 5 ball, there is no added incentive for starting multiball. In 3-ball play, playfield scoring is 2x until you are down to one ball again.

I also have the terrifically hard bounce in bonus (switch 31 set to on) of an extra ball for saving the ball from that cruddy outlane and one-shot-ing it into the fire pit. It's a really interesting bounce in and I think I will be in the practice of letting new players to the game pratice the save with the glass off until they get a feel for the gentle BOP required to rescue it.

While I'm at it, I also like to explain the ball save on the left, how to get it, and how to use it.

I was worried when I first got this game that it'd be too easy, I couldn't be more wrong!! With the odd placed everything and the lightnight quick reflexes required with a good dose of luck, It's ANOTHER DEVIL'S DARE IN MY HOUSE!!!

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#10 2 years ago

2 years later, i still enjoy the game.
There is another volcano club thread as well.
Enjoy

1 year later
#11 11 months ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

2 years later, i still enjoy the game.
There is another volcano club thread as well.
Enjoy

Count me in here too... where is the other thread?

3 weeks later
#13 10 months ago

Cross posting this across various forums in order to get most exposure. I am bringing a 1981 Volcano back from the dead and restoring it to add to my Gottlieb collection. I am so close to completion and playing the machine, that it is now driving me crazy.

I have now hit a road block and wall, and I am stumped and don’t know where to continue with my troubleshooting. The machine was energized, and booted when start button was depressed. Started checking all kickers, pop bumpers, slingshots, switches, etc. and found the right side drop target bank had an issue. Found the drive transistor (2N3055) was shorted, so replaced it along with a new solenoid coil. HOWEVER, I did not check the position of the diode and it was backwards. After the drop target reset would not reset, with new coil, I found my mistake and and corrected it. The drive transistor and pre-transistor are both good.

Sorry for the long, back history but here is the current situation:

1). When turned ON, the pinball boots and I have full attract mode and all displays. The high score to date also cycles as normal.

2.) At the start up THUNK (solenoids), the ball release energizes and allows the 1st ball to roll into the shoot ( before any start button is depressed).

3.) When START button is depressed, the outhole kicks the last ball into the holding shoot, BUT no ball release or anything else. The 1st player is flashing “0” as the display is showing game ready, BUT there is no action:

• no flippers
• no rollovers, switches, slingshots, etc.
• only general illumination lighting with a couple of insert lights that stay on
• the pinball seems to be “ dead “

Does anyone have any insight, knowledge, or guidance of what the problem may be? Any leads or direction where to look? I appreciate any help or assistance. Thank you all.

3 months later
#14 7 months ago

Hi Snowtrooper - How are you getting on with this? Any progress?

I have a Volcano and happy to try and help.

Mine behaves like this:
- When the machine is turned on, the Fire Pit solenoid fires (thunk) just that one.
- When a game is started, if the machine doesn't get 3 balls into the holding chute, then it'll sit there in the state you describe indefinitely.

So:
- Make sure there are three balls in the thing!
- Make sure they all sit in the holding chute, or in out hole when a game starts
- When a game starts, you should see them all make their way to the holding chute, *then* a ball is release to the lane

First thing I'd check is the switch in the holding chute at the 3rd ball position. It will message that all balls are present and it's time to release a ball into play.

7 months later
#15 1 day ago

Hey everyone! Looking for help again. Still trying to figure out how to reduce the heat coming from the displays. The green score coverings are actually melting away on the backglass. Curious if the metallic grounding wire is the problem as there is none as expected inside the interior of the playfield cabinet (the kind that goes behind the leg plates, coin opening door and connects to that green and yellow wire inside the playfield cabinet). When I purchased volcano, the operator manual included was a photocopy of the original and missing several pages and the schematics...so I am confused what to check or how to diagnose the problem ( I am a total amateur with limited experiance. Not an electronic technician). I have checked the outlet in the room and it is fine. I have replaced the original power cable as it was missing the bottom grounding prong from it (I wish I knew that before the purchase). Will double check to confirm if that is the problem. One of the display lights seems to have white circles instead of black (yet it turns on...). Ideas, thoughts, and advice are appreciated.

Please let me know where I may find the locations of connections, chips, transistors, capicitors, boards or solenoids in lay terms so I may have an easier time finding them (without the full and/or schematics, it is hard to find things listed with a letter and number without directions). Thanks

#16 1 day ago
Quoted from Silverballbrain:

Hey everyone! Looking for help again. Still trying to figure out how to reduce the heat coming from the displays. The green score coverings are actually melting away on the backglass.

All five displays are doing this?? Very abnormal. Can you post a photo of the melting? I have never seen that before.

Mine are cool/cold to the touch even while operating on a warm day. No idea why they would be that hot, and frankly, do not understand how they could run so hot and not burn out. Can you take temps with an IR probe to isolate the heat source... i.e. section of board, glass, chip, etc?

Could there be something else in the head that is getting hot and trapping the heat inside? Can you run with the head open and examine more closely to verify the heat source?

Volcano's cabinetry is vented from top to bottom. There are slots on the underside of the machine. Under the wooden power board in the main cabinet under the playfield there is an airspace. Below this airspace are slots in the bottom of the cabinet The transformers run warm and draw air in through these slots, which travels under the playfield through to the bottom of the head before being drawn out the metal vents on the top rear of the head. Is air able to get to these vents? You don't have stuff piled up under the machine? The machine is on legs, not sitting flat on its base on a table or something? You don't have a towel, draperies, or some other obstructions blocking the air vents?

Quoted from Silverballbrain:

Curious if the metallic grounding wire is the problem as there is none as expected inside the interior of the playfield cabinet (the kind that goes behind the leg plates, coin opening door and connects to that green and yellow wire inside the playfield cabinet).

That is very doubtful. This is the safety ground. It is meant to protect ... so if something goes wrong electrically and if voltage touches the coin door, this ground will help prevent a possible electrocution situation.

Quoted from Silverballbrain:

When I purchased volcano, the operator manual included was a photocopy of the original and missing several pages and the schematics...

I bought my manual from eBay but Pinball Resource sells them too. There is a copyright issue that Gottlieb enforces and the only PDF I saw online was missing more than half of the schematics. While you wait, you may have better luck finding a PDF online for a Black Hole or Haunted House. Both are system 80 and the schematics are virtually identical.

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