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Installing NVRAM on foreign machine

By dawoy2534

10 months ago

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#1 10 months ago

Hi Everyone!

New to the world of pinball ownership. I recently purchased my second machine which was a foreign(Belgium) Space Jam machine. I bought a NVRAM from pinitech. The chip that needs to be removed to installed seems relatively hard to remove. I have only found 1 video of this process on a Data East Jurassic Park. My questions are 1. How much force do you need to use to remove the old chip? I feel like the words "plug and play" should allow for easy removal or maybe I'm just a wimp 2. Is it any different of a process for a foreign machine?

I appreciate any and all help. Thank you in advance and I hope you are having an awesome week!

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#2 10 months ago

the chips are in there pretty good, i have a tool i use to pull them but you can gently pry each side with something like a small flathead screwdriver. be careful not to bend the pins by prying too much on either one side, go little by little.

#3 10 months ago

Don't forget to install that new nvram with the notch matching the notch marked on the main board.
Sure you already know, but just a reminder

#4 10 months ago

CrisCrow OzPaul Shoutout to both of you! New NVRAM installed, working, and settings are saving! Battery pack also removed now. No joke on it being in there pretty good. I was concerned foreign machines had them bent in there or something. I feel like a pro haha. Thanks for the help!

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#5 10 months ago
Quoted from dawoy2534:

Is it any different of a process for a foreign machine?

They’re all made in the same Chicago factory, so no drama!


#6 10 months ago

The chip has to be in the socket tight for it to make a good connection and work properly. An IC that is easy to remove means the socket needs to be replaced.

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