Twister - who has this pin?

By Skyemont

5 years ago


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#1 5 years ago


I have a Twister pinball machine. Right now both magnets do not work. I think i have a board issue. The lights on the board are suppose to work but do not. They stay solid and do not blink. I got a new chip (PIC16C54-HS-P) but was told it needed to be programed for the twister pinball. HELP ME GUYS!!! Has anyone w/ a Twister experienced this before.. If so, what did you do to fix it.. Thanks alot. You guys are always a big help.

#2 5 years ago

I do believe Goldeneye and Twister have the same boards.The reason is how Sega/Stern implemented this design. There’s a custom board under the playfield with a custom PAL chip. The PAL chip has its “fuse blown”, so you can’t copy the chip. Replacements are available from Stern, but are like $25 each. Unfortunately the chip/board is fragile and does go bad often.

#3 5 years ago

I had a twister, but never experienced the problem so I am not much help on this one.

Not sure who can program the chip, but they can usually be found on ebay pre programed.

#4 5 years ago

I had a Twister 1 tyme,, and i will NEVER Own it again,,, Skymount ,, I have a CPU for Goldeneye that they sell at Mad for $ 400 + .. Do you need it..Might work in Twister


#5 5 years ago

I've got a Twister that's actually in pretty good shape, except for the magnets not working. Sega put out a Service bulletin on a problem with them, # 91. I followed it and got the magnets to work for a couple of games but now they're out again. The bulletin suggested making sure you have the latest code roms; replacing a certain diode on the magnet board with two in parallel; removing a neon bulb and replacing it with a resistor. I also replaced the PAL chip at the same time with one I bought from E-Bay. Since it stopped working again I replaced the PAL chip one more time, but no joy. Fuses seem good so I'm not sure what to do next either. Good luck!

#6 5 years ago

Thanks to you all. I found a company in CA that had the magnet board chip already programed for the twister. It should come in Saturday or Monday. I hope this is the problem. Thank you guys again..

#7 5 years ago

BR i will let you know about the CPU board. Sorry i did not call you back. Got home, wife had dinner, then the kids grabbed me to watch a movie. By the time i am free, its 12 midnight.

3 years later
#8 1 year ago

I know this thread is old but...
I own two Twisters currently and the last one purchased had the dreaded magnets not working issue. I swapped
the magnet board from the working unit into non working and they still would not fire. After researching problem there is a third fuse,
F-20 on the I/O power driver board that runs the magnets. Check this one, mine was bad and the fix cost $1.

I hope this helps other Twister owners solve this problem.

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