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***AVAILABLE NOW*** Zaccaria Driver boards diagnostic tool

By gianfri

4 years ago

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#3 4 years ago

Anything that helps make diagnosis easier will undoubtedly save games.

For myself, I can do a lot of basic board repairs, but since I don't have a background in electronics or design, some of the low-level stuff that needs a scope and some of the high-level stuff digital stuff is a little beyond me, so good diagnostic tools generally help fill in the gaps. I imagine a lot of pinball enthusiasts like me fall somewhere in the middle.

However, sales for diagnostic tools will probably be limited because you would only sell 1 per customer (rather than a product that needs to be refilled or used once per game), and only a small subset of all zaccaria owners. So, it will probably need to be a labor of love more than something that you will expect to make a hefty profit from.

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#13 4 years ago
Quoted from gianfri:

it's complicated to have one single solution without conversion connectors or wiring.

Could you make something work with dip switches or jumpers?

Quoted from gianfri:

Going to the LED vs bars solution, yes, again you're right but I was considering that using real 5mm LEDs you can much more easily recognize the correct output without using a magnifier (meaning that the bar indicator is really small)

They aren't quite *that* small. For example: http://pinitech.com/products/ballystern_sdb_tester.php

Quoted from gianfri:

you solder the same number of pins no matter you use single LED or LED bars

The LED bars a bit quicker to place and solder since it's just one component (place it once, and just go down the lines soldering the legs) and not 8-10 separate components (placing each individual component, bending the legs, and soldering each one)

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from gianfri:

Unfortunately this would not solve the problem of having a standard solutition for all Zaccaria boards due to the different header dimensions.
As I said before, the G1 has 18pins outputs and the G2 20pin outputs.


How about a PCB that has a 18-pin connector on one edge, and a 20-pin connector on the other? Then you just flip the PCB around depending on which one you need?

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