Stern Spike Schematics Coming This Month

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Stern Spike Schematics Coming This Month


By JodyG

15 days ago



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    #101 9 days ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    Ah but that is what "Manual Amendments" are for. Remember when Williams did that for some of their games?

    Yeah, but it was far and few between. Now some adjustments move from SPI to Game. Then 10 new ones are added but are wedged in the middle instead of placed at the end.

    Quoted from KenLayton:

    Naturally, if Stern has their game manuals in electronic format, they could hit "edit" and add/subtract info in the manual. Then hit save and post the latest version of the manual on their support page.

    That would be a great way to do it honestly. Kind of like a 'living' manual that gets updated regularly. The only problem is we're talking about Stern, which can't even bother to do a manual anymore. Download the Metallica one that only has 40% of the info. The quality looks like it was faxed over, scanned, printed on a copier, scanned again and converted to PDF with a potato.

    #102 9 days ago

    Check out the Transformers manual. It's pretty bad: missing sections, out of sequence sections, duplicate sections, and missing pages within a section. Plus it's a black and white scan of material which originally had color photographs.

    #103 9 days ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    Ah but that is what "Manual Amendments" are for. Remember when Williams did that for some of their games?
    Naturally, if Stern has their game manuals in electronic format, they could hit "edit" and add/subtract info in the manual. Then hit save and post the latest version of the manual on their support page.

    Whoa whoa there....electronic manuals from say like a website? What is this like 2019 or something?

    #104 9 days ago

    Whitestar manuals were pretty much peak from stern. Really great manuals and well laid out.

    #105 8 days ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    I know for a fact this is incorrect.

    True, someone has to translate the Mandarin into English

    #106 5 days ago
    Quoted from TomGWI:

    We wait for the Black Knight’s response.

    I cannot offer an updated opinion or technical analysis regarding the boards, if I don't know what Stern is actually going to provide, as it was somewhat vague in terms of detail in the short Stern Union Address. All SPIKE systems? All games? All boards or just the MPU? What level of documentation? What level of instructions? This seems a bit much for a month's worth of work. This is a lot more work to do correctly than hit the print key on the keyboard. Remember, schematics, component listings, flowcharts, diagnostics, and other parts of operation such as the nodal firmware update process are not some sort of *ultimate solution*, but a part of the integrated system understanding that should have been provided all the way back in 2013. I am not going to make an public assumption as to why Stern did not allocate proper resources to development of documentation. Ask Jody.

    We will find out soon enough in order to be reviewed in detail, but it DOES NOT change my opinion of the SPIKE pinball controller operating system.

    It should not be a grand mystery that there was a Stern reaction and attempts to mitigate SPIKE system "damage control" based on recent inquiries to distributors and comments here and other forums. The absence of training, documentation, and programming needed to be FULLY addressed, as it is a major concern, and was finally successful. This is a good thing for support of both operators and private owners. If nothing is released at the end of February (without any update), it would make Stern look rough in the eyes of those that actually are paying close attention to the industry.

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