I'm working on a complete diagnostic tool for Zaccaria driver boards.
The project is already ongoing and could be available in a very short delay.
I know that Zaccaria market is very limited compared to other brands like Bally or Williams but my interest is to keep Zaccaria alive and provide you as much as I can in order to easily troubleshoot problems and repair boards.
Little resume of the current situation:
As some of you already know I have developed LED displays for all the existing models of Zaccaria electronic pinball machines, NVRAM for G1 and G2 generations are also available.
In partnership with HOMEPIN the new CPU clone for G2 machines will soon be available again.
You can find some items here: http://www.pinballsolutions.eu
Now coming back to the driver boards, it exists a documentation made by Leon Borré which gives you the possibility to troubleshoot several Zaccaria boards as well as convert plasma dispays into led displays. (I have already implemented the led conversion into DIY kits for Zaccaria already 2 years ago)
The same procedures have also been developed for other brands and are currently exploited by other vendors which sell DIY conversion kits for other brands as well.
Nothing new from this side then.
The reason for this post is to understand what could be the interest in having a semi-automatic diagnostic tool for Zaccaria boards.
I'm therefore talking about a microcontroller which will drive the board and will give you a clear and precise condition of all the outputs in few seconds without playing around with dip switches or home made led harnesses.
The final analysis will remain into your hands, you'll be provided with diagnostic tables which will drive you in order to find the right components to check or replace.
What would be included within the Zaccaria driver boards diagnostic tool?
all the cabling and harnesses for G1 and G2 driver boards
output led modules for lamps and solenoid outputs
diagnostic tables with mappings for the 3 different Zaccaria driver boards existing on the market
I forecast two possible options:
- standard diagnostic tool (includes one led module for lamp and one for solenoids)
- ultimate diagnostic tool (includes all led modules for all possible outputs)
What do I need?
Your comments on this project, your possible interest and anything else could help finding the right balance between efforts and benefits.
I haven't really analyzed the entire pinball market but the same tool could be developed for Bally and other brands if a need exists.
I hope I will receive some replies in order not to think that I'm just wasting my time developing useless tool