I am new to the website and am new to repairing pins. This seems a great place for a lot of resources and I am excited to learn!
HOW I ENDED UP ON PINSIDE
I recently acquired a non-working Starship Troopers. I am in the process of doing research on what is going to be required to get the pin working. I came across this site and and I am so thankful to have found it. There are a numerous people with a true passion for the game and are very knowledgeable. From a few posts it appears the most important rule is to be safe and not to electrocute myself!
CONDITION OF PIN
Previous owner said it turned on and some lights on playfield illuminate, but it doesn't respond. Upon setting it up, the locks on the backbox are either broken or the key is bent, because it took awhile to get it to open. Upon inspection, batteries appear to be relatively new, the menu buttons in the coin door don't do anything. Since the previous owner had it turned on before without any issues I looked it over and didn't notice anything that seemed to cause damage in moving (I kept the playfield level the entire time) I decided to turn it on. After being on for a three minutes, the top of the display board had a small amount of smoke come from it (turned it off immediately). Light in backbox works, and red LEDs light up on the boards. Playfield seems to be decent, but appears it needs a good cleaning and polish at a minimum. Rubbers and bulbs need to be replaced, and the zip tie on the moving toy near the back is a sign of a repair that is needed. Batteries look to have been replaced recently (by the date), but corrosion on the battery holder and discoloration on the board may be signs of prior damage. I have attached some pictures to show current condition of the boards and also pictures of the rest of the machine.
GOALS (based on what I have seen on the site so far)
1. Get pin to power on normally
2. Relocate or install a cell battery
3. New pinballs
4. Replace locks on backbox
5. New bulbs
6. New rubbers
7. Clean playfield
8. Clean plastics
9. Possibly full playfield tear down if I get brave enough!
I am sure there will be more repairs or issues that are discovered soon!
I look forward to posting updates of my progress and reading about any suggestions that anyone may have. Links to useful information to help in my challenge to get the machine operating properly are also appreciated!