(Topic ID: 199839)

Need help: Ball in Play never ending...

By pinster68

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

I have a 1974 Bally Amigo EM that I’m fixing up for a friend at work. I’ve managed to bring it back from the dead ... and have had a lot of fun doing it. I could use some help on this problem: the Ball In Play (3 Ball setting) advances 1,2,3, but then stays on 3; the game won’t end.

Guidance appreciated.



#2 2 years ago

Have you rebuilt/cleaned the ball count and player unit? That's where I would start.

#3 2 years ago
Quoted from Robotoes:

Have you rebuilt/cleaned the ball count and player unit? That's where I would start.

I did and that solved quite a bit, but additional poking with it didn’t change the end of ball behavior.

So I just walked back in from my shop having checked a few things, and a few things have developed. In short, it looks like it was still on 5 Ball. I didn’t realize there are two places to set the number of balls: one in the back box, and one in the lower cabinet by the play meter. And as it turns out there were no bulbs in the 4th and 5th ball indicator sockets, so I didn’t realize it was still counting up. That aside I’m fairly certain the game still wasn’t ending until I cleaned and set the 3/5 ball contacts.

I also removed all the bonus settings as I think the extra ball was getting awarded a lot, and maybe contributing to the never-ending game.

So now I appear to have a 3 ball game that ends as it should (and hopefully stays that way!). The only thing that just developed is that the 3rd ball indicator light won’t illuminate (yes, it’s a known-good bulb). Does this come from the ball count unit?

#4 2 years ago

If you reset the unit to ball one, with 1st ball lit, rotate manually and watch ball 2 light it's lamp and so on. It sounds like you have a bad connection on 3. Put a meter on the lamp socket to see if it's getting power. Could be a bad lamp holder.

#5 2 years ago

Success ... a bent pin on the bulb socket was all. Then, just to mess with me the #2 bulb stopped working ... that ended up being a bad connection on the backbox wiring harness coming from the base/ball count unit. I re-cleaned them and it started working.

So I'm 100% now. Onward to the cosmetics.

Thanks so much for the help guys.



#6 2 years ago

Ah, that's good to learn. Like most faults, it's usually something simple to fix. It's a great feeling when you find the cure isn't it

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#7 2 years ago

Excellent. Please check as resolved.

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from currieddog:

Excellent. Please check as resolved.

Done! Didn’t even know that option existed. Now I know....

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