Heighway Pinball support (Full Throttle and Alien)

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Heighway Pinball support (Full Throttle and Alien)


By PartyKing

1 year ago



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#551 6 months ago

I've retrofitted my Alien with EL blade lighting. I was able to source the parts I needed from https://elpanelandtape.co.uk/ Here's a couple pics...
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5 After IMG_4845 (resized).JPG
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On picture #6 - you will notice I removed the plastics along the rail. I figured if I was going to spend all this $$ on EL blades, I wanted to be able to see them.

#552 6 months ago

Looks like my play field monitor went out. Tried a different monitor and the signal works fine.

Anyone know of a source for that 10” display?

#553 6 months ago
Quoted from Waldo:

Looks like my play field monitor went out. Tried a different monitor and the signal works fine.
Anyone know of a source for that 10” display?

see - https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/weyland-yutani-dedicated-to-keeping-3-alien-specimens-alive

#554 6 months ago
Quoted from SunKing:

I've retrofitted my Alien with EL blade lighting. I was able to source the parts I needed from https://elpanelandtape.co.uk/ Here's a couple pics...
1 The parts:
2
3
4 Before
5 After
6
On picture #6 - you will notice I removed the plastics along the rail. I figured if I was going to spend all this $$ on EL blades, I wanted to be able to see them.

very cool.

can you link what to buy and price? thx!

#556 6 months ago
Quoted from Waldo:

Looks like my play field monitor went out. Tried a different monitor and the signal works fine.
Anyone know of a source for that 10” display?

specifically.. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/weyland-yutani-dedicated-to-keeping-3-alien-specimens-alive/page/2#post-4392734

It's an innolux q101IRE-LA1 Rev B1 avaialble from a variety of sources. be careful w/ that ribbon cable.

#557 6 months ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

specifically.. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/weyland-yutani-dedicated-to-keeping-3-alien-specimens-alive/page/2#post-4392734
It's an innolux q101IRE-LA1 Rev B1 avaialble from a variety of sources. be careful w/ that ribbon cable.

Thanks!

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#558 6 months ago

Made a webpage and repository for the software/hardware upgrades and re-image.
http://weirpinball.com/alien/alien.html

Scott

#559 6 months ago
Quoted from WeirPinball:

Made a webpage and repository for the software/hardware upgrades and re-image


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#560 6 months ago

Full Throttle software is up on a new page. If anyone has installation instructions let me know and I'll update the page.

http://weirpinball.com/full%20throttle/fullthrottle.html

Scott

#561 6 months ago

Thank you so much Scott

#562 6 months ago

Hey guys need help have an alien se where do the siren lights plug in ??? Thanks

#563 6 months ago
Quoted from WeirPinball:

Full Throttle software is up on a new page. If anyone has installation instructions let me know and I'll update the page.
http://weirpinball.com/full%20throttle/fullthrottle.html
Scott

Hi Scott,

Send me your e-mail in a PM and I will send you the installation instructions.

#564 6 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Hey guys need help have an alien se where do the siren lights plug in ??? Thanks

I posted in the aliens owner thread to help guys out with this!

#565 6 months ago

Thanks for hosting those images and instructions, thats awesome!

#566 6 months ago
Quoted from PinballRulez:

Hi Scott,
Send me your e-mail in a PM and I will send you the installation instructions.

Software update instructions for Full Throttle software version 1.41 loaded on the webpage.

#567 6 months ago

Thanks for the FT code update guys! Much appreciated.

#568 6 months ago

Can someone help me with my shaker motor. I noticed it wasn't working, when I opened the coin door.. I noticed it was unplugged. Can someone show me where it plugs into? Thanks!

#569 6 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Can someone help me with my shaker motor. I noticed it wasn't working, when I opened the coin door.. I noticed it was unplugged. Can someone show me where it plugs into? Thanks!

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#570 6 months ago

Hey guys my ball launcher seems to trigger twice on my Alien before the ball actually is in the lane. Anyone know a fix? Also is there a rule book?

#571 6 months ago

Check your lane switch, maybe its stuck closed?

#572 6 months ago
Quoted from Olaa:

These connecters goes to the uper flipper. Have you checked the solderings on the back of the card? I think your problem is there. Some of the soldering on the games are bad.

If it were flaky soldering on a connector, wouldn't the upper right flipper not work at all, or at least fail at a much less precise interval? It seems like something in-game is being activated that is spiking that flipper's line and causing it to shut down until a reboot. Since it seems isolated to my machine, my current theory is that the switch coming out of the scoop at the upper right flipper was contacting the metal ever so slightly. I just bent it a bit and actually finished a game with the upper right flipper still going. Although now after a few restarts the problem is back.

#573 6 months ago

Anyone else having problems getting the pops tweaked correctly? I have a fix - just played a game and it's night and day difference when your pops actually work 100%.

The problem with Heighway design is there was too much 'slop' between the spoon and the skirt stick. For me, even when I gapped the switch super perfect - it still wasn't registering every hit. To fix, I loosened the two screws holding the switch and spoon. Don't take them all the way out - just loosen. On the screw farthest away from center, go ahead and unscrew until it's free. Find a couple small washers, and place them between the spoon and blue mounting plate - to be secured with that back screw. When you tighten it back up, the spoon is slightly tilted a bit towards center, and is more flush with the skirt stick. Now you can gap the switch - and BAM - Snappy Pops.

1 week later
#574 5 months ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

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Hey man I need more help. I finally got to plugging in the shaker motor, ran my fingers underneath that plastic and plugged it in.. but when I test it, the shaker motor just makes a clicking noise. Do you think its a defective shaker or something else? Any tips?
Thanks

#575 5 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Hey man I need more help. I finally got to plugging in the shaker motor, ran my fingers underneath that plastic and plugged it in.. but when I test it, the shaker motor just makes a clicking noise. Do you think its a defective shaker or something else? Any tips?
Thanks

Nevermind the wire was wrapped around the shaker somehow, and managed to get it undone.. shaker now working though I dont notice it too much in the game if at all. Then the xenomorph tongue magnet got stuck, then the ball launcher kept getting stuck.. ugh. Hopefully its all over now

#576 5 months ago

ok new problem the Xenomorph magnet (not from the mouth but on the playfield), doesn't seem to be grabbing the ball very well for ambush part. Any ideas how to correct this. And does anyone have a simple solution to the EL blades. I know someone posted about it before, but it looks complex, is there someone who has them for sale and easy install?

Thanks

#577 5 months ago

You problem is usb cables or connections from power supply to io boards

What is build date?

#578 5 months ago

Also what software and io board set to?

#579 5 months ago
Quoted from Ballypinball:

Also what software and io board set to?

Hey thank you so much for your reply and willing to help me. I updated all the boards to version 1.2. It was working fine before I plugged in the shaker motor and removed my pinstadium lights. Should I replace some of the usb cables? I dont know build date.

#580 5 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

ok new problem the Xenomorph magnet (not from the mouth but on the playfield), doesn't seem to be grabbing the ball very well for ambush part. Any ideas how to correct this. And does anyone have a simple solution to the EL blades. I know someone posted about it before, but it looks complex, is there someone who has them for sale and easy install?
Thanks

Does it work at all? I found the ball can often skip the magnet, which happens in most mag games, I believe there is an adjustment for power and duration of the mag if you want to play around.

For a kit, I doubt youd have any luck there are not many of these machines, so for someone to make one I doubt it would be worth it. If your handy enough to take it apart and install I'm sure you can follow others examples and put it together?

#581 5 months ago

My Frendsfull throttle has a problem.
Got the yellow warn led stuck on IO board 1.
Reset button won't help.
Can i fix this?.
Or do i need a new one.
revision 1.4b 0.6
Help needed.

#582 5 months ago

Anyone know what mosfet this is?
Best I can figure is attached.

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#583 5 months ago

I have a handful of 1.4B I/O boards for sale. PM me if interested. Thanks.

#584 5 months ago
Quoted from libtech:

Does it work at all? I found the ball can often skip the magnet, which happens in most mag games, I believe there is an adjustment for power and duration of the mag if you want to play around.
For a kit, I doubt youd have any luck there are not many of these machines, so for someone to make one I doubt it would be worth it. If your handy enough to take it apart and install I'm sure you can follow others examples and put it together?

Thanks for the suggestions.. yes it works fine, it just misses it sometimes I guess. New problem now is some vibrating noises during some music.. not all. I hate vibrating noise.. dont even know where to start looking. Mostly only in the music when you hit the airlock.

I also need to get that rubber for the end of the launcher because it just keeps going back into the launcher. Also the launch ball always hangs.. so I guess I need to make adjustments to that piece of metal where the ball comes out of.

#585 5 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Thanks for the suggestions.. yes it works fine, it just misses it sometimes I guess. New problem now is some vibrating noises during some music.. not all. I hate vibrating noise.. dont even know where to start looking. Mostly only in the music when you hit the airlock.
I also need to get that rubber for the end of the launcher because it just keeps going back into the launcher. Also the launch ball always hangs.. so I guess I need to make adjustments to that piece of metal where the ball comes out of.

The first place I would look for a rattle would be the launch wireform. It’s a bit too high and touches the glass.

#586 5 months ago

True! Id just turn down the bass in the cab and connect an external sub

#587 5 months ago

Ok new problem guys, I need help. The vibration noises, which is quite loud is coming from inside the cabinet. I tried pressing on everything, and can't figure it out. Its quite loud.. only when there is bass really. I tried pressing on the woofer itself and it makes it worse to some degree. Anyone have any ideas? Never had this much issues before, and this is new. Do you think its because of a power issue with the pinlights and the shaker motor causing some sort of "dirty noise"? or do you think my woofer has malfunctioned?
Thanks

#588 5 months ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Ok new problem guys, I need help. The vibration noises, which is quite loud is coming from inside the cabinet. I tried pressing on everything, and can't figure it out. Its quite loud.. only when there is bass really. I tried pressing on the woofer itself and it makes it worse to some degree. Anyone have any ideas? Never had this much issues before, and this is new. Do you think its because of a power issue with the pinlights and the shaker motor causing some sort of "dirty noise"? or do you think my woofer has malfunctioned?
Thanks

unplug both the pinlights and shaker and see if the problem persists

#589 5 months ago
Quoted from Damonator:

unplug both the pinlights and shaker and see if the problem persists

It turned out to be that volume amplifier I forgot a few days ago I turned that black dial up and that’s what is causing vibrations .... hehe
Thanks for the advice tho

#590 5 months ago

The amp can do that and can go bad quickly. The wire connecting it to control board is complete garbage too. Wiggle it and you can catch plenty of distortion. For $30 you can get a replacement amp on Amazon (wire connector sold separately)

#591 5 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

The amp can do that and can go bad quickly. The wire connecting it to control board is complete garbage too. Wiggle it and you can catch plenty of distortion. For $30 you can get a replacement amp on Amazon (wire connector sold separately)

Do you guys have a working link to this document ? http://www.heighwaypinball.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AlienAmplifierSettings.pdf

Thanks!

#592 5 months ago

Can't find the instructions but the photo below shows the recommended settings.

Black - Between 1-2
Treble - 5
Base - 2
Volume - 3

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#593 5 months ago

Can someone direct me to who and where I should purchase a shaker motor from? Is it worth installing...Wanted to verify with owners before acquiring.

Thanks!

#594 5 months ago
Quoted from rlslick:

Can someone direct me to who and where I should purchase a shaker motor from? Is it worth installing...Wanted to verify with owners before acquiring.
Thanks!

Actually, I hardly notice it above the rumble and vibration the base cabinet speaker provides. I'm also curious what other owners think.

When exercising it from the test menu, it doesn't move very fast. Was told this is normal.

#595 5 months ago

One other issue just came up. Anyone’s LCD screen on their playfield look like this? Numbers are not very clear and the graphics at times are a bit hard to read. Doesn’t look right. Any help would be appreciated

Update: Swapped out cables etc and I think my LCD screen is bad. Looks like multiple screens (pictures) burned in. Not as obvious from the pics but any of the scenes like Mother etc are visibly hard to see. Almost as if the brightness of the screen was turned down to a min. Anyone know where I can purchase a replacement?

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#596 5 months ago
Quoted from rlslick:

One other issue just came up. Anyone’s LCD screen on their playfield look like this? Numbers are not very clear and the graphics at times are a bit hard to read. Doesn’t look right. Any help would be appreciated
Update: Swapped out cables etc and I think my LCD screen is bad. Looks like multiple screens (pictures) burned in. Not as obvious from the pics but any of the scenes like Mother etc are visibly hard to see. Almost as if the brightness of the screen was turned down to a min. Anyone know where I can purchase a replacement?
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https://vi.aliexpress.com/item/-/32812494499.html

#598 5 months ago

Thank you!!! Just ordered 2. Feel like buying 10 of them...bad part is when I do hoard away...I’m left with all but one being unused. Lol

#599 5 months ago

that is the nice part about these games - most of the parts are just off the shelf

Quoted from pinballwil:

My Frendsfull throttle has a problem.
Got the yellow warn led stuck on IO board 1.
Reset button won't help.
Can i fix this?.
Or do i need a new one.
revision 1.4b 0.6
Help needed.

This unfortunately, is one of the parts that was made for heighway, apparently nitro is getting them remade, not sure if someone good could repair a board but sounds like she will have to wait.

#600 5 months ago

Upon setting my game up and playing a few I noticed some issues. Seem like bugs and maybe one mechanical issue. Can anyone chime in if they have or are having similar issues.

1. There have been times when I power up the game and it freezes on the screen that says booting. I have to turn the power button off/on again and usually it will complete booting up to game play. What’s happening here and can it be fixed?

2. Right upper flipper at times will just stop working. If a ball drains...the flipper will work again. No consistency on when it will stop working. What could the issue be??

3. During a player 1 game play I hit start to add player 2. When the player 2 game started...I noticed that some of the lights were off. Shot the ball into the top left scoop and it didn’t recognize it. It eventually went through ball check and knocked it out. Shot it into another scoop off to the left and the same thing happened. I believe had I shot at any target, the same would have been an issue. Help on understanding what may be the issue here would be helpful.

Thanks - A

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