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Houdini Problem(s) Need Advice


By rockingrik

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by BarryJ
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#1 1 year ago

Having a couple of issues with Houdini which I cannot solve so seeing if anyone else experienced these issues: The ball enters the stage but does not fully drop down cause the Newtonian ball does not travel far enough to let it drop. I talked to Barry at API and he is very helpful ns giving me things to try but so far no "Whalla." I did a stage calibration and it stays on -16 which Barry said was too high (Front and back stage optos not reading ball height correctly and it does not send the signal to the captive ball to release it's hold position. Cannot get machine to recalibrate to a different # other than 17 but it goes back to -16 when you reboot. Second issue is in the coil test A6B0-4 does not fire. Barry said it was the scoop coil. When the game is active and in search for a ball mode the ball shoots out of the scoop just fine which makes no sense (It should fire or not fire consistently). Have checked all switches and coils with the only bad test being coil mentioned above. Short of sending the computer and stage back to API any suggestions or experience you can share with this game.
Thanks
Rick

#2 1 year ago

I don't have a Houdini to check.

Can you reload the software to rule out yours being corrupted ?

LTG : )

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

Can you reload the software to rule out yours being corrupted ?

From the manual :

"Full system updates are not currently necessary. If in the future a full system
update is required, an American Pinball support member will provide detailed
instructions"

Maybe run your issue by Barry again ?

LTG : )

#4 1 year ago

You could also run this by the Houdini group on the "American Pinball Houdini thread" by lllvjr.
about 8k posts and lots of Houdini experience. Barry, Rosh and other API folks frequent the thread.

#5 1 year ago

Forgot to mention I did update to the latest code so it is not a software issue.
Thanks for advice

Rick

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from rockingrik:

I did update to the latest code so it is not a software issue.

Was it working before the update ?

If so, something got messed up with the update. Bad download or something.

If it wasn't working before you updated it, do what zahner suggested.

LTG : )

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from rockingrik:

Having a couple of issues with Houdini which I cannot solve so seeing if anyone else experienced these issues: The ball enters the stage but does not fully drop down cause the Newtonian ball does not travel far enough to let it drop. I talked to Barry at API and he is very helpful ns giving me things to try but so far no "Whalla." I did a stage calibration and it stays on -16 which Barry said was too high (Front and back stage optos not reading ball height correctly and it does not send the signal to the captive ball to release it's hold position. Cannot get machine to recalibrate to a different # other than 17 but it goes back to -16 when you reboot. Second issue is in the coil test A6B0-4 does not fire. Barry said it was the scoop coil. When the game is active and in search for a ball mode the ball shoots out of the scoop just fine which makes no sense (It should fire or not fire consistently). Have checked all switches and coils with the only bad test being coil mentioned above. Short of sending the computer and stage back to API any suggestions or experience you can share with this game.
Thanks
Rick

I understand that you are just asking as a second opinion.

But whenever you are ready, send in that computer and I will get you back up and running.

-Barry

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