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Tron Pro EL wire interference

By drummerweene

9 years ago


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#1 9 years ago

Hello. Im getting the ghost scoring with the el wire plugged into the service outlet. If i power the wire using a 12v battery i do not get any interference. Please help!!

#2 9 years ago

If instead of the service outlet, you run an extension cord to the wall, what then?
PS: I almost didnt respond at all because it was annoying that you posted this in three places.

#4 9 years ago

Thanks guys. All set. the Smart power strip is the answer. sorry for doubting at first but install understanding the technical reason behind it i wasnt buying it. There is an RF noise filter built into most smart strips. This is the reason. All set!

#5 9 years ago

Pics!

#6 9 years ago

HERE they are.

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#7 9 years ago

Strange. I am still getting interference after playing a bunch of games. It doesnt it do it near as bad, but is still randomly awarding disk counts even without going into the disk. It does not do it when the lights are off. Anybody have any other ideas? Should i try a different power adapter? Im just using a standard 12v 1 amp power adapter.

3 weeks later
#8 9 years ago

Edit to previous. Ive got the el wire working. Make sure you use a good quality power adapter. the older linksys wireless routers used a high quality adapter. It is about 2.5 by 2 inches and weighs a lot more than your typical power adpater. Clean power coming from a noise filtering smart power strip is the way to go. Thanks

3 months later
#9 9 years ago

I recently installed an EL wire kit on my TRON Pro from eBay. It looks great but exhibits the exact same issues. The seller was nice enough to send me another inverter but I'm still having issues with it where when I press the right flipper button far enough to engage the upper flipper the disc opto will go nuts. It's not the motion of the flipper bat itself because if I hold it up manually then engage the button the disc opto ONLY goes crazy when the coil in energized.

I'm sure this is the same problem as posted here before. This kit plugs directly into J11 of the CPU/Sound board. If I disconnect the inverter the problem goes away and the game runs normally.

Any ideas how I might figure this out? Maybe some filter caps somewhere? But if so, any ideas what I could try?

Thanks for any ideas! The lighting looks great and I'd hate to have to remove it at this point (both because it looks awesome and because it's kind of difficult to get in there to physically remove from the ramps).

Mic

#10 9 years ago

I recently installed an EL wire kit on my TRON Pro from eBay. It looks great but exhibits the exact same issues. The seller was nice enough to send me another inverter but I'm still having issues with it where when I press the right flipper button far enough to engage the upper flipper the disc opto will go nuts. It's not the motion of the flipper bat itself because if I hold it up manually then engage the button the disc opto ONLY goes crazy when the coil in energized.

I'm sure this is the same problem as posted here before. This kit plugs directly into J11 of the CPU/Sound board. If I disconnect the inverter the problem goes away and the game runs normally.

Any ideas how I might figure this out? Maybe some filter caps somewhere? But if so, any ideas what I could try?

Instead of plugging in directly to J11 on the board how about getting an adaptor and smart strip and powering it that way instead? I ordered my kit from Coolight and I've had no problems thus far (and from everything I've read it seems like you might get interference when you power it up a different way).

The folks at Coolight were very helpful, you'd just call them and ask them to send you the adaptor that's required for the Tron Pro pinball EL wire kit (they'll know which one you're talking about, plus I've also got a picture of it below and the details from my purchase order are below as well):

http://www.coolight.com/Default.asp

TR12.5v800 12.5Vdc Wall transformer 800ma, 2.5mm plug.........1...$10.60.....$10.60

You can see how the smart strip goes in the machine, the leads from your EL wire would go into your adaptor and then the adaptor is plugged into the smart strip (and the smart strip goes straight to the wall - the black cord plugged into the blue outlet on the smart strip is the pinball machine power cord). From everything I've read it seems like keeping the power for the EL wire separated from the rest of the machine is the way that has worked best for everyone (ie. no phantom hits or other issues).

Hope this helps.

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#11 9 years ago
Quoted from Buckman:

Instead of plugging in directly to J11 on the board how about getting an adaptor and smart strip and powering it that way instead? I ordered my kit from Coolight and I've had no problems thus far (and from everything I've read it seems like you might get interference when you power it up a different way).The folks at Coolight were very helpful, you'd just call them and ask them to send you the adaptor that's required for the Tron Pro pinball EL wire kit (they'll know which one you're talking about, plus I've also got a picture of it below and the details from my purchase order are below as well):http://www.coolight.com/Default.aspTR12.5v800 12.5Vdc Wall transformer 800ma, 2.5mm plug.........1...$10.60.....$10.60You can see how the smart strip goes in the machine, the leads from your EL wire would go into your adaptor and then the adaptor is plugged into the smart strip (and the smart strip goes straight to the wall - the black cord plugged into the blue outlet on the smart strip is the pinball machine power cord). From everything I've read it seems like keeping the power for the EL wire separated from the rest of the machine is the way that has worked best for everyone (ie. no phantom hits or other issues).Hope this helps.

^^ This

2 weeks later
#12 9 years ago

YOU HAVE TO USE SMART STRIP AND A REAL POWER ADAPTER END OF STORY

#13 9 years ago

Just wait for the real deal mod to come out very soon. Ohh yeah a lot of happy tron pro owners very soon. ))

#14 9 years ago
Quoted from musketd:

Just wait for the real deal mod to come out very soon. Ohh yeah a lot of happy tron pro owners very soon. ))

I really want to wait for Eli's Mod-any news on when and how much?

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