Weyland Yutani - Dedicated to Keeping 3 Alien Specimens Alive

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Weyland Yutani - Dedicated to Keeping 3 Alien Specimens Alive


By knockerlover

5 months ago



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#351 57 days ago
Quoted from Ballypinball:

i would move those wires near the metal gear in that picture

It was all disconnected and loose when I took that pic.....All tidy when reassembled

#352 57 days ago

Didn't like that the connections aren't keyed on the board....Could easy be connected backwards and generally frail through the game ( the USB connections are just horrid).Wish they would have addressed that...Hopefully, connection issues don't arise down the road, as the game skakes away.

#353 57 days ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

replacing USB cables with ones with ferrite cores

I used ferrite chokes on my replacement DVI cables, but have never heard of ferrite core USB cables...Typo?....

#354 57 days ago
Quoted from Ballypinball:

i would move those wires near the metal gear in that picture

Yup, they're just asking to get stripped.

edit: Late to the party

#355 57 days ago
Quoted from Durzel:

Yup, they're just asking to get stripped.
edit: Late to the party

Ha... ye of little faith..

Everything running perfectly EXCEPT my tongue is no longer magnetized (won't grab the ball)....Good grief....Ideas?

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#356 57 days ago

Appears to also be an odd opto in the mech that I can't make sense of.

Not sure where to post this stuff...Have other questions as I am diving....Don't want to derail this awesome thread with other things I'm finding in the final rev of the game...Miles thread, generic Alien one?

We're all in it together, obviously...mark

#357 57 days ago

What's your tongue look like? Where's the opto?

#358 57 days ago
Quoted from Kneissl:

What's your tongue look like? Where's the opto?

Drats....Away from house for a couple...Will post some pics a bit later

#359 57 days ago
Quoted from MK6PIN:

Ha... ye of little faith..
Everything running perfectly EXCEPT my tongue is no longer magnetized (won't grab the ball)....Good grief....Ideas?[quoted image][quoted image]

Tongue is a permanet magnet. The rubber boot can hinder its ability to contact the ball well. Play with the rubber tip to get more magnet exposed

#360 57 days ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Tongue is a permanet magnet. The rubber boot can hinder its ability to contact the ball well. Play with the rubber tip to get more magnet exposed

Well....I'll confess it here, and throw in a few pics.........

a) got the new mini actuator in, calibrated perfectly, everything worked, but didn't grab the ball......check
b) upon reassembly, I believe I'm seeing an opto or something inside the jaw of the xeno....check
c) stepped away after whining to you guys for the evening (learned the stepping away part from Lloyd).
d) went down just a couple hours ago, and was determined to solve the mystery
e) pulled the xeno back off (quite efficient at it now)....dissassembled, and saw the "opto" firmly inside the left jaw
f) decided to yank it off...and BAMM, it was the f**king magnet w shrink wrap, that had come off the end of the tongue!!!!
g) reassembled, tested.....all is well.
h) not sure what that tiny screw does on the xeno board, but certainly doesn't control the magnet (that's a plain, natural one). Fortunately didn't touch the setting.

Moral of my wasted Saturday night - no more Bourbon inspired "fixes". Yes, got the jaw dropping much more consistently w new stepper, but completely forgot how the damn tongue was supposed to look. Completely escaped me at the time. Don't panic, step away, and hope the mess of the prior night can be fixed, which was the case this time....

On to switches, troughs and other adventures, but had enough Alien for one weekend......mark

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#361 57 days ago
Quoted from MK6PIN:

Well....I'll confess it here, and throw in a few pics.........
a) got the new mini actuator in, calibrated perfectly, everything worked, but didn't grab the ball......check
b) upon reassembly, I believe I'm seeing an opto or something inside the jaw of the xeno....check
c) stepped away after whining to you guys for the evening (learned the stepping away part from Lloyd).
d) went down just a couple hours ago, and was determined to solve the mystery
e) pulled the xeno back off (quite efficient at it now)....dissassembled, and saw the "opto" firmly inside the left jaw
f) decided to yank it off...and BAMM, it was the f**king magnet w shrink wrap, that had come off the end of the tongue!!!!
g) reassembled, tested.....all is well.
h) not sure what that tiny screw does on the xeno board, but certainly doesn't control the magnet (that's a plain, natural one). Fortunately didn't touch the setting.
Moral of my wasted Saturday night - no more Bourbon inspired "fixes". Yes, got the jaw dropping much more consistently w new stepper, but completely forgot how the damn tongue was supposed to look. Completely escaped me at the time. Don't panic, step away, and hope the mess of the prior night can be fixed, which was the case this time....
On to switches, troughs and other adventures, but had enough Alien for one weekend......mark[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Glad you fixed it.. the tiny screw sets the current limit on the stepper motor driver board effectively controlling how much power is provided to the stepper motor. More power = more torque/speed. It should be carefully set to the motors specifications, but if the motor isn’t operating as intended.. I.e. not pulling the rack gear past the point where it strips the ball from the magnetic tip.. not much other choice but to increase the current or somehow decrease the magnetic force on the tip.

#362 57 days ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

Glad you fixed it.. the tiny screw sets the current limit on the stepper motor driver board effectively controlling how much power is provided to the stepper motor. More power = more torque/speed. It should be carefully set to the motors specifications, but if the motor isn’t operating as intended.. I.e. not pulling the rack gear past the point where it strips the ball from the magnetic tip.. not much other choice but to increase the current or somehow decrease the magnetic force on the tip.

Makes sense now......interesting adjustment, as I guess a minor tweak could help, if needed... I'll be staring at the mech in my sleep, I'm afraid.....also found a loose wire on one of my weapons targets, not allowing me to collect them, hence no blinky extra ball light to alternate. Fixed as well...productive evening in Alienland.......

#363 57 days ago
Quoted from MK6PIN:

also found a loose wire on one of my weapons targets, not allowing me to collect them, hence no blinky extra ball light to alternate.

FYI, you can also earn weapons by hitting a weapon target on the skill shot... or winning a scene... or occasionally from Mother Mystery... so lots of ways to get 'em. Which is good, because the later ones are the really valuable ones.

#364 56 days ago
Quoted from Ferret:

FYI, you can also earn weapons by hitting a weapon target on the skill shot... or winning a scene... or occasionally from Mother Mystery... so lots of ways to get 'em. Which is good, because the later ones are the really valuable ones.

Oh awesome ferret!!! Thank you so much. I didn’t know how to earn them.

#365 55 days ago

Some more diagnostics on machine C's backbox display not working, and appears we have a faulty LCD driver board. We have spares, but they're apparently programmed for the playfield LCD and not the backbox one...so back to AliExpress for some more pre-programmed boards. In the mean time, I switched the backbox displays between machines B and C.

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#366 50 days ago

LED blanks are here!

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#367 50 days ago

Ready for paste..

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#368 50 days ago

Virgin paste. Wow!

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#369 50 days ago

WOW! time !that’s a trip! Very cool

#370 50 days ago

Ladies and gentlemen, your boards being made..

#371 50 days ago

Done! Beautiful.

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#372 50 days ago

Into the oven.

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#373 50 days ago

And out. You watched that happen in real time pretty much. I typed this last post while waiting for the oven to cool down

Argh. The last photo of the complete board didn’t upload and I had to run out. I’ll do the LED side tonight and post later.

I’ll test in the machine tonight and spare LEDs should be available from tomorrow.

#374 49 days ago

WoooooHooooo!!! Again - THANK YOU TimeBandit!!

#375 49 days ago

Good job I ran some zeno control boards available now also

#376 49 days ago
Quoted from TimeBandit:

And out. You watched that happen in real time pretty much. I typed this last post while waiting for the oven to cool down
Argh. The last photo of the complete board didn’t upload and I had to run out. I’ll do the LED side tonight and post later.
I’ll test in the machine tonight and spare LEDs should be available from tomorrow.

Fascinating to see what the community is capable of. Talented is an understatement

#377 49 days ago

The amount of talent, skill and dedication never ceases to amaze me. Zeno boards too! Outstanding!!

Thank you very much!!

#378 49 days ago
Quoted from Ballypinball:

Good job I ran some zeno control boards available now also

well these

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#379 49 days ago

Can someone make a "Alien survival kit" A list of what boards/parts should be bought to keep game running....Would love to get some back ups of everything being made here.

#380 49 days ago

LEDs going on..

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#381 49 days ago

Here they are!

Panel splits into rows of 8. I will ship them as rows of 8 with headers included but not soldered on. That way I can send them flat in a card as a letter. Postage will be affordable that way.
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#382 49 days ago

I think this is the first game to have so much mobilization from players, and Pinball lovers. this machine is extraordinary,

#383 49 days ago

Assembled and compared to OEM..

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#384 49 days ago

And............

They work!!!!!!!!

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#385 49 days ago
Quoted from TimeBandit:

And............
They work!!!!!!!!
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These are awesome!
What is the best way to purchase from you?

Thanks so much for putting these together!!

#386 49 days ago

Is there a reason you went with black instead of white?

#387 49 days ago
Quoted from zacaj:

Is there a reason you went with black instead of white?

So you could quickly tell if you were dealing with an OEM or a replacement.

#388 49 days ago

Pack will come like this.
They will be on my website once I work out postage. I’ll try get that done by tomorrow.
I will probably also offer panels of 64.

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#389 49 days ago

Great Job Michael

#392 49 days ago

I love timebandit more than lamp and lightning kitty combined.. Does anyone know how many of the tall 5 SMD towers are in each game off hand? If not I can go count I guess..

#393 49 days ago

Too funny!!!!

#394 49 days ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

I love timebandit more than lamp and lightning kitty combined..

Mike has been given a lifetime pass on that sacred thread....

Alien way more fun to screw around with, and the game itself continues to amaze...Nothing quite like it

#395 49 days ago
Quoted from knockerlover:

I love timebandit more than lamp and lightning kitty combined.. Does anyone know how many of the tall 5 SMD towers are in each game off hand? If not I can go count I guess..

It looks like I removed 38 of the old 5 SMD towers.

#396 49 days ago

Impressive!

#397 49 days ago

Replacement LEDs are now listed in my Pinside Shop..

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1023-redshiftled/01897-alien-replacement-mini-led-board-multi-pack-8-or-64

$1.50 each in an 8 pack,
$1.10 each in a 64 panel,

Ships for $6 globally.

#398 49 days ago

This is awesome! Ordered plenty so knockerlover and I can retrofit our prototype pins with the single smd design and lighting will work correctly with the new game code! Thanks so much timebandit you rock!!

1 week later
#399 38 days ago

Question...

So, cointaker sent me a shaker-motor. The plug does not appear to match anything on the IO board....

Where the hell does it go??? I found a plug but it seemed inverted and...not correct.

#400 38 days ago

doesn't go on the io board

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