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Lights out on Ghostbusters...(resolved!)


By PanzerFreak

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Hi guys,

Today I noticed that about half of the LED light boards, as seen in the pic below (all LED light test), are out on my Ghostbusters premium. I checked a good number of connectors underneath the playfield and everything seems ok. A couple flashers are out as well, the one for the containment facility and one for the pop bumpers. Neither of the two flasher that are out are on an LED board but are rather traditional socket based lights. With a couple flashers out I'm wondering if its node board related? In the node board test menu the CPU board shows up as 1.0.3 or something and all node boards are at .20, nothing came up in the node board test menu regarding errors. No technician alerts are present in the game either. Reinstalling the latest code didn't resolve the issue either.

I was checking some connections again later this evening on the game when all of a sudden all of the lights came back. I figured the issue was fixed and I started a game. Everything seemed fine and then a few minutes again the same lights were out. It had been a month or so since I played the game and today I installed a shaker motor on it before I noticed this issue. I disconnected the shaker motor and the same behavior was being exhibited so I don't think it's related to that.

Any suggestions / advice would be greatly appreciated. The game is from one of the later production runs (purchased last year).

Thank you!

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#2 1 year ago

Looks like an LED board issue. When I gently press on the connectors on the board below the lights come back on, sometimes when I let off they go back off, happens with most of the connectors on the board. The behavior is occurring during an all lights on test.

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

Looks like an LED board issue. When I gently press on the connectors on the board below the lights come back on, sometimes when I let off they go back off, happens with most of the connectors on the board.

Probably a bad solder joint. Try reflowing the solder on the pins.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from gweempose:

Probably a bad solder joint. Try reflowing the solder on the pins.

Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try!

#5 1 year ago

And just a tip when working with electrical components, take your ring off. If it makes contact between power and ground, it can get hot real quick.

#6 1 year ago
Quoted from generalgman:

And just a tip when working with electrical components, take your ring off. If it makes contact between power and ground, it can get hot real quick.

In the spirit of this thread "Ok, important safety tip. Thanks Egon", lol. Really though, thank you, didn't know that.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from gweempose:

Probably a bad solder joint. Try reflowing the solder on the pins.

I reflowed all of the solder joints for pins on that board and that resolved the issue I reinstalled the board, pressed around on it and no issues. Thanks again for the tip!

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

I reflowed all of the solder joints for pins on that board and that resolved the issue I reinstalled the board, pressed around on it and no issues. Thanks again for the tip!

It's always nice when it's an easy fix.

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