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Noob alert... Need help please

By cmwinant

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Hey all!

A couple years ago I really just fell in love with pinball, and after playing at bars and arcades for a while I decided to start looking at machines for the house. I ended up buying Hollywood Heat because it is fairly inexpensive, I love the sound, artwork and I think it is pretty fun for the price.

I have started by replacing all the rubbers, the balls, and I have begun replacing all the lights with LED's. Its coming together and I just want to make sure I do everything in my power to keep her playing well.

So, within my research, I have found that I may have gotten myself into the Volkswagon of pinball machines and while everything is working great now, I do have some concerns about it breaking in the future. I keep seeing the same 2 suggestions with this machine. 1 is the ground mod, which seems simple enough. However, the battery mod has got me scratching my head for the past 2 days.

I took some pictures of the work behind the back glass and it looks like some things have already been done, but I honestly have no idea what I am looking at. I was told that regularly changing the battery would be a good idea and this is why I decided to post here. I am new to the hobby and honestly have no idea what I am looking at.

So, I feel so dumb for asking, where do I change the battery? And, the green wiring looks like it might have been done by the techs at the arcade I bought it from. Can any of you tell me what they might have done?

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#2 2 years ago

Don't worry about the battery. Someone already stuck a NVRAM in your game. That is the black rectangular thing with 5101 on it in your last picture.

If your game is working. I wouldn't worry about ground mods. You may not need them. They may have been done. And you could do more harm than good, until your skill set improves.

NVRAM replaces the battery. This explains it : http://lockwhenlit.com/anyPin.htm

LTG : )

#3 2 years ago

Oh that is great news! Thank you very much for your response!

#4 2 years ago

Any Ideas on what all the green wiring might be?

#7 2 years ago

And not that you asked for my opinion but Hollywood Heat is lots of fun. Nice first pin.

#8 2 years ago

Boards are in great shape ... Clean the bulb!

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinballomatic:

And not that you asked for my opinion but Hollywood Heat is lots of fun. Nice first pin.

Yeah, gets flak for the cheezy 80's look, but fun to play.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinballomatic:

Looks like ground wires.

Probably the ground mods he asked about.

LTG : )

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

Probably the ground mods he asked about.
LTG : )

This is the video of the ground mod I saw:

Again, not sure how important this is,

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from cmwinant:

Again, not sure how important this is,

Someone has already done ground mods to your game. I wouldn't worry about it. Todd's video doesn't cover the ones in the head, your game already has them.

You really need to spend more time playing and less time worrying.

LTG : )

#13 2 years ago

I really appreciate everyone's input here! I cant tell you how much better I feel. Tonight I breathe a huge sigh of relief and, to your point LTG, lots of fun to be had.

You guys are great! Thanks again!

#14 2 years ago

Just a thought if you're interested. I just acquired an austin Powers (Stern) that had the single fluorescent tibenin the bavkbox. Really did not do anything for the graphics. One hot spot in the center and then the rest of the artwork was kind of dark.
Just purchased and installed an led light oanelnfor the bavkbox that replaces the old fluorescent tube. Makes the translite really come to life. Just suggesting this as you said that you liked he artwork and if such a beast is avail for your machine the translite will really come alive. Check with flipper Fidelity as they were the ines that supplied mine and it made a world of difference. About $120. Worth it in my humble opinion

Have fun


#15 2 years ago

Just print this out and paste it over the backglass and youre good to go.

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