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(Topic ID: 200880)

Restoration 101...


By rpowell76

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by dasvis
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#1 3 years ago

I'm new to the pinball community, and have never owned a pin before. I've just bought my first "fixer upper" pin, and was wondering if there are any books, manuals, or videos that are a good starting point to learn how to repair/restore one's own machine. Thanks for any advice.

#3 3 years ago

Welcome. There are a good amount of resources to be had. What era of pinball is your machine? As in, is it an electromechanical, early solid state, dmd (dot matrix display), etc...

There are many helpful people here to ask questions to.

You can look at some of clays guides (pinrepair.com).

Search vids guides here on pinside.

Etc.

There are a number of others as well.

Best of luck in your pinball experiences.

Enjoy!

#4 3 years ago

Vid's guides on this site. Pin wiki.

What is the title? And what's the current state of your machine? With this info, someone can point you to something specific.

#5 3 years ago

The title is Cybernaut. It's a solid state, digital display Bally machine from 1985. The cabinet is a little beat up with minor flaws. Mainly, some peeling of decal on back of display cabinet, and some chipping on the top of display cabinet. Back glass is intact with some bubbling in the artwork. There appears to be very little rust on the machine. Mainly, on the legs and coin area. It is missing the lock to the coin area. Playfield is in excellent condition. Very little wear on it. It is dull and dusty. Some of the plastics have a small amount of mildew on them. Electrical components look to be in good shape. Boards are intact with no corrosion on them. I bought it "as is" and haven't had time to check out how it operates yet. I do know that it powers on, and that's about it. The manual was included and is still intact. That's all that I know at this point. Thanks for the help...

#6 3 years ago

That’s a cool looking game! And also a pretty rare one as well! Only 900 made! Wow! Congrats!

I started with my first pin a mere six months ago and slowly started to learn a little bit by bit.

If you haven’t already checked out the forum topics specific to your Cybernaut, browse the various troubleshooting topics - it seems like you’ll probably want to start on the electronics first!

I don’t know much about Bally’s from this period, but you’lol want to know what system or generation your game is from.

Once you know this, getting more relevant and specific forum topics gets easier.

I also highly recommend doing some searches on YouTube both specifically for your machine as well as for other Bally machines that in the same generation. I found a lot of really great help on YouTube understanding how mine worked and what all those parts are and what they do before I discovered Pinside.

Good luck!

Another

#7 3 years ago

Ipdb.org is a great site for pics and general info about games such as features, designers, and what system/series boards it used (I.e. the Cynernaught using the bally -35 MPU).

http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=614

#8 3 years ago

You can maybe google some topic such as

"bally early solid state repair guide"

And check out the first handfull of hits. Usually quite a few with various priceless info.

An additional good thing to add, in general, is if you wind up with specific questions later on, be open about your ecperience level. Sometimes people will give you all kinds of helpfull advice on things to check, but if you don't know how to properly use meter etc to check that, just say so; people all start somewhere and lots of users on here will help. It certainly works the other way too, someone may be a super experienced technician with many years experience, so they don't want to waste a user's time with getting explained in detail how to do what would be a basic task to them. Hope that makes sense.

Better to say "hey guys, I do not have soldering or tech skills, yet. Can you help me with this" than to say something like "ohh no problem, I'll go ahead and do that then" and wind up destroying a board or worse because you didn't know what you were doing.

Many people of all skill levels are in this community to help each other out. I don't think I've ever seen someone put down for being up front and asking questions if they do not know how to do something....on the flip side, people that act like they know what they are talking about, won't admit they don't, or just plain don't want to listen...well, they won't get as far.

So, enjoy away. Cool looking game, never got to play a Cybernaught. Take your time, do it right the first time, ask questions, and number one....have fun!

Sorry for the long message. Lol

#9 3 years ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

You can maybe google some topic such as
"bally early solid state repair guide"
And check out the first handfull of hits. Usually quite a few with various priceless info.
An additional good thing to add, in general, is if you wind up with specific questions later on, be open about your ecperience level. Sometimes people will give you all kinds of helpfull advice on things to check, but if you don't know how to properly use meter etc to check that, just say so; people all start somewhere and lots of users on here will help. It certainly works the other way too, someone may be a super experienced technician with many years experience, so they don't want to waste a user's time with getting explained in detail how to do what would be a basic task to them. Hope that makes sense.
Better to say "hey guys, I do not have soldering or tech skills, yet. Can you help me with this" than to say something like "ohh no problem, I'll go ahead and do that then" and wind up destroying a board or worse because you didn't know what you were doing.
Many people of all skill levels are in this community to help each other out. I don't think I've ever seen someone put down for being up front and asking questions if they do not know how to do something....on the flip side, people that act like they know what they are talking about, won't admit they don't, or just plain don't want to listen...well, they won't get as far.
So, enjoy away. Cool looking game, never got to play a Cybernaught. Take your time, do it right the first time, ask questions, and number one....have fun!
Sorry for the long message. Lol

That’s great advice. Frankly, without he internet, I would be toast in this hobby. So much great info and so many people willing to help. Also Pinside is a really great forum. I’ve felt really welcome here even though I’m a total newb!

#10 3 years ago

If the battery is still on the MPU board, cut it off now.

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