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Houdini coils firing on boot up


By Pizzaman13

12 days ago



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#1 12 days ago

Running the beta code. Upon boot up, about 10 seconds in all the coils start firing. If I open the coin door the firing stops and boot up completes but Game won’t start. No ball ejects even though graphics are working and audio is talking through instructions. Some switches work If I touch with my finger but no flippers no ball eject. Basically no game play.

#2 12 days ago

Could it be doing a ball search? I've had a similar issue. See if all balls are in the ball trough.

Sometimes one will hang up in the chest if the diverter gets stuck. I've also had air balls get stuck behind the Spirit planchette. If someone turned the game off with a ball stuck then I think it would start a ball search upon power up.

#3 12 days ago

Thanks for the post but no, all 6 balls are accounted for and the coils firing start way before full boot up. And once it boots (I open the coin door to stop the coils from firing to let it finish the boot) some switches register but the flippers don’t work, ball won’t eject, pretty much dead.

#4 12 days ago

Check the Houdini or Oktoberfest collectors thread. They hired a new service guy. Send him a PM. And open a ticket under Support on their website.

LTG : )

#5 12 days ago
Quoted from LTG:

They hired a new service guy.

Here is his post from 21 days agol He's Vegas9 on Pinside.
LTG : )

05/01/2020

Press Release: American Pinball Hires Dave Brennan as Technical Services Manager

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One of Dave's immediate initiatives is to generate an ongoing series of instructional videos covering topics such as new game set-up, how to update code, maintenance tips and more. "I’m really looking forward to starting conversations with American Pinball owners and distributors to determine how I can best serve the pinball community," Dave offers. "I am extremely excited about this opportunity with American Pinball."

Dave’s passion for pinball repair and restoration, in addition to his skill set, will make him an asset to the American Pinball team and our customers. Dave has repaired over 100 games and fully restored over 25 pinball machines in the past several years in addition to assisting many collectors with troubleshooting technical issues with their games at home.

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We welcome him to American Pinball.

Contact info:
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Technical Services Manager
Service@American-Pinball.com
Phone: (833) API-HELP / (833) 274-4357

#6 11 days ago
Quoted from Pizzaman13:

Thanks for the post but no, all 6 balls are accounted for and the coils firing start way before full boot up. And once it boots (I open the coin door to stop the coils from firing to let it finish the boot) some switches register but the flippers don’t work, ball won’t eject, pretty much dead.

I’d check your connections both to the board and under the playfield. Since it’s going crazy before it boots, that sounds like a power or signaling issue to me. It wouldn’t be ball search since that is CPU controlled.

#7 10 days ago

Grey, purple, blue twisted wire is disconnected from under the Houdini’s just above the flippers. Assuming that is where the wire needs to be plugged in, I have a problem. There are two male possibilities next to each other on the board right below the ribbon cable.

To which male plug do they attach. The two look to be keyed identically (all 3 male pins to femail plug).

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#8 10 days ago

Got it reconnected and playing to perfection. American Pinball service is amazing.

#9 10 days ago

There ya go! AP guys are awesome. It seems like Josh has helped out as many people as Barry and Dan did back in the day

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