(Topic ID: 267776)

Odd failure to power on Star Wars

By GeminiGuy

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Saw some bizarre behavior this morning: Anyone else ever seen this? Turned my #star-wars-stern-le on and there was no response long after it would normally have booted. I opened up the backbox and heard a soft periodic ticking noise coming from somewhere in the neighborhood of the power supply or outlet box, maybe once or twice a second. I turned the power off and on again and this time the system booted normally with just a single “tick” from the same area. No sign of any other odd behavior, all power rail LEDs on the CPU board were fine, but I forgot to look to see whether they were OK when it was in the dead state.

I’ll hope for now that it doesn’t repeat itself, but has anyone else experienced similar behavior or failure in the power supply or distribution board on a Spike 2 game? The machine’s only about two months since NIB.

#2 4 years ago
Quoted from GeminiGuy:

Saw some bizarre behavior this morning: Anyone else ever seen this? Turned my Star Wars (Premium/LE) on and there was no response long after it would normally have booted. I opened up the backbox and heard a soft periodic ticking noise coming from somewhere in the neighborhood of the power supply or outlet box, maybe once or twice a second. I turned the power off and on again and this time the system booted normally with just a single “tick” from the same area. No sign of any other odd behavior, all power rail LEDs on the CPU board were fine, but I forgot to look to see whether they were OK when it was in the dead state.
I’ll hope for now that it doesn’t repeat itself, but has anyone else experienced similar behavior or failure in the power supply or distribution board on a Spike 2 game? The machine’s only about two months since NIB.

All you can do is keep an eye on it for any other instances. May also want to make sure the power plug and wire clamp behind the power supply are Firmly seated.

#3 4 years ago
Quoted from GeminiGuy:

Saw some bizarre behavior this morning: Anyone else ever seen this? Turned my Star Wars (Premium/LE) on and there was no response long after it would normally have booted. I opened up the backbox and heard a soft periodic ticking noise coming from somewhere in the neighborhood of the power supply or outlet box, maybe once or twice a second. I turned the power off and on again and this time the system booted normally with just a single “tick” from the same area. No sign of any other odd behavior, all power rail LEDs on the CPU board were fine, but I forgot to look to see whether they were OK when it was in the dead state.
I’ll hope for now that it doesn’t repeat itself, but has anyone else experienced similar behavior or failure in the power supply or distribution board on a Spike 2 game? The machine’s only about two months since NIB.

Sometimes Spike machines just don't boot. No idea why, but it's definitely a thing. Just power off, wait a few seconds and try again. I've never had it not boot a second time in a row. It's just that first boot fails to launch sometimes.

#4 4 years ago

My Stranger Things did the same thing and over time it went from once a week to once a day happening. Stern was about to send me a new cpu board when I tried a new sd card. Pulled a class 10 ultra from my wife's camera bag and flashed the software on it. Have not had the problem since. Seems they may have gotten a bad shipment of memory cards.

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from C0untDeM0net:

My Stranger Things did the same thing and over time it went from once a week to once a day happening. Stern was about to send me a new cpu board when I tried a new sd card. Pulled a class 10 ultra from my wife's camera bag and flashed the software on it. Have not had the problem since. Seems they may have gotten a bad shipment of memory cards.

This is great news if it's the root cause. I just thought Spike was tempermental to power up. It's happened on most of the spike pins we routed at least once, but never got worse on any of them.

#6 4 years ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

This is great news if it's the root cause. I just thought Spike was tempermental to power up. It's happened on most of the spike pins we routed at least once, but never got worse on any of them.

It's a pretty cheap thing to try for sure. I had one laying around and since I replaced it two weeks ago no issues and mine was doing it a lot.

1 month later
#7 4 years ago

I'd be interested to know if the sd card resolved it for ya

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