Quoted from aeonblack:
Software is one thing, every pinball company sucks at software, but from the time my game bricked to the time I got it back up and running (like 5 months), there were still changes happening to the boards. I know, because I have 5 fucked up ones sitting next to each other. That's to be expected, because the pinataur board is a piece of junk, but where does that leave early supporters? What about the upgraded pc vs the old style board I have in mine? I have an outdated halloween pin because I was early in line to support the game. That leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. Say what you want about all the other companies, but when you buy a pin you're getting the same one everyone else got.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to address these two points. The changes discussed were made due to supply chain issues, period. There is nothing defective or outdated with the original upboards. The mini-PCs were the closest replacement to the originals available at the time. Both the upboard and mini-PC, have been, and will continue to be supported. They also should update the same way, just plug in the USB.
It's the same thing with the pinataur. When designing any boards it is best to design them to function with tolerances for slight differences in parts. With the current state of micro-electronics manufacturing having the ability to switch out parts, while maintaining the same functionality, is an important design element. The pinotars from Halloween #1 and Halloween #1250 could be swapped with zero affect on the game.
I'm sorry that you had so many issues with your boards, it sounds like AJ has you sorted out. I suspect that it was a combination of a shorted coil / bad diode and the corresponding transistor. It's possible for either to cause the other to go bad, so unless both are replaced at the same time it can be a frustrating back and fourth.