(Topic ID: 251274)

Help new Attack from Mars won't boot up


By trk12fire

10 months ago



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    #1 10 months ago

    Anyone help me. Just got a new AFM Chicago Gaming and it won't boot up or start. I'm used to Stern

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    #2 10 months ago

    Open the back box and check all your connections , the one going to the display both ends . This problem is likely a loose connector.

    #3 10 months ago

    Yes, did that and it worked!!! Thank You. Now it's not giving me multi balls when awarded. Only 1 ball plays

    #4 10 months ago

    During multi ball, it only gives 1 ball at a time.

    #5 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    During multi ball, it only gives 1 ball at a time.

    Please check the plunger at the end of the ball trough that kicks the ball up to the shooter lane. If it's sticking up a tiny bit too high, it won't let the balls roll into position. Opposite the coil side are four screws that hold the coil/plunger/bracket to the end of the ball trough. You can loosen them to move the whole thing up or down. Don't go too high to too low. Just a tiny bit down should do it.

    LTG : )

    #7 10 months ago

    I bumped before LTG's advice. I will try this tomorrow. Had to leave the location. Thank you for your help.

    #8 10 months ago

    I fixed the multi ball, it was the grommet under the plunger.

    However now it won't boot again. I've pushed everything in on the dmd and back box, but no luck. Can some take a pic of the plug or further explain what is causing this.

    Thanks in advanced

    #9 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I've pushed everything in on the dmd and back box,

    Don't just push in. Unplug and then push back in tight, to reseat them.

    LTG : )

    #10 10 months ago

    I unplugged them and plugged them back in with no change. The big black plug on DMD (plugs into silver box) has 1 stripped screw, but the plug seems secure. The small wires in the top middle of the DMD seem loose and fragile. There is also a red light showing in the back box main cpu. I'm not sure if this is normal. After an hour, I did get the machine to work again, but I'm afraid it's temporary. Additionally, I can't get the bill collector to work. I use this model on all my Sterns. Is there a setting.

    Thanks again for your time.

    J.R.

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    #11 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I can't get the bill collector to work.

    You need a 12 volt DC one. Only settings would be on the bill validator.

    LTG : )

    #12 10 months ago

    Stern has a bill validator setting on/off. I only saw a left / right / middle bill validator setting on AFM (middle is standard setting). So, are you saying this validator won't work and isn't 12v DC? I wasn't able to check, because it's not with me.

    #13 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    Stern has a bill validator setting on/off.

    That just displays the message on the DMD. Doesn't have any effect on the bill validator.

    Quoted from trk12fire:

    So, are you saying this validator won't work?

    If it's 110 VAC, no, it won't work. If it's 12 VDC, yes it will. Then it comes down to the settings/switches on the bill validator.

    LTG : )

    #14 10 months ago

    Those 12v bill acceptors are expensive. I believe mine is probably 110v. I knew there would be some growing pains, but geees. Now I need to get it to boot up more than 50% of the time. I have a ticket created at Chicago Gaming, but they're closed during the weekend.
    Thank you!

    #15 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    I believe mine is probably 110v.

    Get one of these :

    ebay.com link » Bill Validator Harness Cable Wel Rm012 Ac 117v

    Plug into service outlet, hook two wires to a coin switch.

    Use your bill acceptor.

    LTG : )

    #16 10 months ago

    I like your idea very much. So this will change the bill acceptors that I have to 12v? Also, which 2 wires? It looks like it comes with 6 wires and a 9 pin.

    #18 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    So this will change the bill acceptors that I have to 12v?

    NO. It allows you to use a 110 VAC one in your game. With this harness you aren't using the game's 9 pin connector. You plug your bill validator into this harness' 9 pin connector.

    Perfect. Your coin switch has two wires soldered to it. One wire from the harness solders onto one wire on the coin switch and the other wire on the harness solders onto the other wire on the coin switch.

    LTG : )

    #19 10 months ago

    So I found that if I tap on the silver box behind the dmd, I can get the machine to boot up. I guess there is something loose inside. I wonder if I should just ask for a new one or attempt to fix it.

    #20 10 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    NO. It allows you to use a 110 VAC one in your game. With this harness you aren't using the game's 9 pin connector. You plug your bill validator into this harness' 9 pin connector.

    Does it matter which wire? Is there a positive and ground or something?

    Perfect. Your coin switch has two wires soldered to it. One wire from the harness solders onto one wire on the coin switch and the other wire on the harness solders onto the other wire on the coin switch.
    LTG : )

    #21 10 months ago

    Does it matter which wire is soldered to the coin mech?

    #22 10 months ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    Does it matter which wire is soldered to the coin mech?

    No. Just solder one wire to one already on the coin switch and the other wire to the other wire already soldered on the coin switch.

    LTG : )

    #23 10 months ago

    Cool,
    Thank you, you saved me 300 bucks.

    Just ordered

    #24 10 months ago

    Update on the machine not booting

    I went back to the theater tonight. Chicago Gaming told me to reset the plugs. I tried that last night and tonight and it didn't work. I told them that I thought it was the silver box behind dmd and they said it wouldn't cause it. Tonight I heard a rattle in the silver box, so I took it apart and found a circuit board unscrewed and sitting on another board shorting out. I fixed the boards, but the machine only works if I push on one. So I think it needs a new circuit board. I'll talk to the company tomorrow and see how fast they can ship it.

    #25 10 months ago

    Confirmed, dmd circuit board is bad

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