(Topic ID: 82803)

Stern Star Trek multiball magnet *Solution found*

By nodyeliab

5 years ago

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#13 5 years ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

Absolutely wrong. The ball just barely tripping the lower opto will release the magnet ball & start your multiball. Getting a dead on whack is fun, but you don't have to do it. If you need a video for proof, I'll make you a video for proof. I own the game, and this is how it behaves. I've played another ST where the ball got stuck on the magnetized ball every single time and you had to wait for it to time out. That's abnormal behavior and there's something wrong with the lower opto.

I can confirm this as having worked on one with a bad lower opto and the magnet ball will not release no matter how hard you hit it and you end up with 2 balls stuck to the magnet. OP might have a dieing lower opto, we had (or have really, still needs to be fixed) a DEAD one. STLE

#61 5 years ago
Quoted from Craig:

I'll be eager to hear the news from Stern. I already had the problem of the second ball sticking up there. Now, I'll shoot a ball under the Vengeance with the drop target down, and it will raise the drop target, register a ball lock, but then not release the ball until a ball search forces the target to drop. I've been too busy to spend time on it, but I expect to test the optos tomorrow.

This was happening to us with due to a bad opto in the lower front right of the Vengeance. Just fixed it last night. What a pain to get to that thing.

#64 5 years ago
Quoted from gweempose:

What does getting to the opto entail? Do you have to remove the entire Vengeance mech?

Yeah, unless you have some super small angled screw driver that I haven't seen before to get to the screws that are holding that opto on. I'm only a year and 1/2 into this hobby so I am sure there might be some tools I haven't seen yet.

We had to disconnect the ship enough to move it and remove the metal plate that the opto's are attached to.

Spoiler alert : When you go to remove the side plastic on the Vengeance, when removing the front screw that goes horizontally through a plastic sleeve, have a magnet handy to pick up the washer that's going to fall out.

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