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Newbie Question & This site is awesome

By Weese8015

5 months ago

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  • 6 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 4 months ago by Weese8015
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#1 5 months ago

I’m glad that I stumbled across this website it seems to have just about everything I was looking for. Unfortunately I am a late comer to actually owning a machine. I have wanted on forever but finally pulled the trigger and bought one a couple of weeks ago (1980 Roller Disco) from a great guy near Pittsburgh. He was great to deal with and taught me a lot while there before getting the machine back to my place in Western NY. (Medina, NY)
So now I’m defiantly hooked and would like to learn as much as possible. I’m 50 years old and have been working in manufacturing and machining for 30+ years so I have a bit of mechanical background.
The question I have is where to start? I have purchased this book (attached) as I figured it would be a good place to start. Any other advice as to learning maintain and repairing solid state machines like the 1980 machine I have?

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#3 5 months ago

Welcome to Pinside weese8015 Since your Roller Disco is a Gottlieb you'll probably want to visit Pinball Resource and order a manual.
Steve Young is the proprietor over there and an excellent source of information.
Personally I find the Pinwiki very helpful, then I come back here for specific questions when I get stuck.

#4 5 months ago

Literally use the Pinball Beginners start here link on pinwiki and giv'r!!

#5 5 months ago

Welcome my friend !

Good information has already been posted.

If I might add. Pinball News has articles to help you learn in their old section :

And Youtube is littered with short how to videos for learning. How to solder, check continuity, use a meter, etc. etc.

And you can always post on Pinside. Some of the best help available may post to help you with a problem.

LTG : )

#6 5 months ago

Thank you all for some great information , it is greatly appreciated.

#7 5 months ago

Welcome aboard! That book was also the first one I ever bought, you'll probably find that most of it unfortunately is geared toward EMs (electro-mechanical). But the other sites that have been tagged above will be more specific to your game, and solid state and newer games in general.

There is a wealth of knowledge floating around in here - learn and apply! Keep in touch and let us know when you get your second game! We should start placing bets right now......

2 weeks later
#8 4 months ago

Update, I got the game to reset the score reels and kick out a ball. I guess that would be considered a full re-set. Very excited to get that far, but now its onto the play field to get all the lights and switches working as they should. I have a pop-up not working as well as a pop up target that is stuck. This figuring stuff out is a blast ... and very satisfying when it actually works.

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