Since I seem to keep getting down votes for posting my noobie questions in other threads, but also several very kind offers to help me out in private chat, I thought that I would start a specific thread to “help the noob” where those who have the patience to deal with my/our “stupid questions“ can help out, and also leave a history for other noobs in the future. I hope that THIS is OK!
I had planned to only buy one pinball machine, but now I seem to have several on the way to me. The NIB ones are my biggest concern at the moment, as they’re probably irreplaceable.
What are the most important things that I should be aware of, and do, to ensure decades of fun play, and to preserve the value for future owners? e.g.: install PF protectors before a single play? (and how exactly is that accomplished?); swap out LEDs? (maybe that’s only for old machines); “upgrade“ software? (and is there some way to save multiple versions of software to reinstall for different types of play?); And dozens of other questions I don’t even know to ask?
I hope I’m not starting a war zone here. My questions are ignorant, and my goal is to reduce ignorance, not start religious wars. Please, let’s keep this a safe space for noobs, where the kind, patient, helpful old timers can create more of the same from current ignoramuses.
Many thanks to all of y’all who come in here and help me out before I do something stupid to a precious machine!