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Stern Spike 2 Playfield Lights Flicker

By drewbo81

6 months ago


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#1 6 months ago

Looking for some guidance. I have a newer build Deadpool pro and when I flip (usually right flipper) some playfield lights flicker. Also the orange lane change lights sometimes do not behave properly ie flip flipper a few times and light stays where it is instead of moving to the right. All LEDs work fine in test mode. I reseated all connectors on light boards. Also it happens frequently but not always.

Thanx for any help PINSIDE

#4 6 months ago
Quoted from drewbo81:

Looking for some guidance. I have a newer build Deadpool pro and when I flip (usually right flipper) some playfield lights flicker. Also the orange lane change lights sometimes do not behave properly ie flip flipper a few times and light stays where it is instead of moving to the right. All LEDs work fine in test mode. I reseated all connectors on light boards. Also it happens frequently but not always.
Thanx for any help PINSIDE

Are they dimming or blinking on then off a few times in a pattern progressing through an area of the pf? Is it just gi or inserts too? You likely have either a bad bulb or a short.

Can you take a phone video and upload to youtube than post the link so i can see it? Pinside will embed the video soi can play it here.

#6 6 months ago

Overrcurent issue on node 8. Check GI bulbs and sockets.

#7 6 months ago

It doesn't look like your nodes are resetting, and it doesn't look like GI, so probably just inserts due to a loose connection or bad solder joint on a pin. I'd just reseat all the connectors on the node boards (the skinny, dense boards, one by the flippers and the other nears the end of the PF underneath) and see what that gets you.

#8 6 months ago

Had the same problem. By the sling there is a wire harness that feeds the LED boards. Whoever assembled them draped that harness over the lugs of the slingshot coil. Simply reroute the cable so that it’s not making contact with the lugs. The coil pulses are what induces the flickering since LEDs don’t have much draw.

#9 6 months ago
Quoted from titanpenguin:

Had the same problem. By the sling there is a wire harness that feeds the LED boards. Whoever assembled them draped that harness over the lugs of the slingshot coil. Simply reroute the cable so that it’s not making contact with the lugs. The coil pulses are what induces the flickering since LEDs don’t have much draw.

If this is the issue and drewbo81 can take a photo of the wiring routed across the lugs before correcting it and posts it, I'll keypost it so the solution is there for anyone else running across the problem.

#10 6 months ago

Thanx a bunch guys. I will check it out and report back this week.

-Drew

#11 6 months ago

Here are a few pics to show you what I mean. This one cable caused flickering on all the LEDS daisy chained down stream from the board. Bonus multipliers, villain inserts, quest inserts, top lane skill shot lights, it was driving me nuts until it was literally staring me right in the face the whole time I was trying to reseat cables. Only happened when I hit the flipper or the slings fired. Pretty sure you are going to find the same thing. Mine came from the factory with the harness routed right over the coil lugs. Mine pics is where you want to reroute it.

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#12 6 months ago

Reseated connectors rerouted wires by sling and rock solid. No more flicker. I did forget to take before photo, but was not draped over coil...just rerouted to help it be further away. Was probably loose connector it seems. Thanx for all the help guys!

-Drew

#13 6 months ago

I just shared thread with Distro so they can share in future.

#14 6 months ago
Quoted from titanpenguin:

Here are a few pics to show you what I mean. This one cable caused flickering on all the LEDS daisy chained down stream from the board. Bonus multipliers, villain inserts, quest inserts, top lane skill shot lights, it was driving me nuts until it was literally staring me right in the face the whole time I was trying to reseat cables. Only happened when I hit the flipper or the slings fired. Pretty sure you are going to find the same thing. Mine came from the factory with the harness routed right over the coil lugs. Mine pics is where you want to reroute it.
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Thanks, I keyposted this. If you can repost this in the Deadpool club thread, I'll keypost it there, too so it's more visible to new owners using the TECH section of the topic index.

#15 6 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Thanks, I keyposted this. If you can repost this in the Deadpool club thread, I'll keypost it there, too so it's more visible to new owners using the TECH section of the topic index.

Ok. Will do.

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