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WPC89 MPU Rottendog vs Pintek

By Mvfvette1

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    Hello all. Some old alkaline damage on my Slugfest MPU board has finally started to make the game act up. I'm looking to purchase a Rottendog at Pinball Life or the new Pintek model at K's, for use until I can get the original board repaired. Family is coming into town and they love playing that one.

    Any thoughts on advantages/disadvantages of each board? I think they look fairly similar as far as features and construction go. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Mike

    #2 3 years ago

    Isn't it FANTASTIC that we have so much choice these days!

    I would go with the seller who is MOST likely to:

    (1) Give you a good deal with fast delivery and easy (for you) payment options.
    (2) A seller who is 'more likely' to assist you if there is a problem with the new board (nothing is perfect and your purchase just might have an issue).

    #3 3 years ago

    I'd recommend doing a forum search for K's Arcade.

    As for the Pin-Tek board itself, that's the first time I've heard about it. I don't know who actually makes it.

    Another option: https://pinballbasement.com/

    #4 3 years ago

    For service and price, I'd go for DumbAss 's board, personally.

    #5 3 years ago

    Maybe you can beta test Ilikewires WPC board for a discount.

    1 year later
    #6 1 year ago

    Want to bring this thread back to life. I am looking for a wpc 89 mpu for a guy that has major battery damage on a Bride of pinbot. Looking and noticed Marco sells the pintek replacement board and was wondering how these are holding up within the last year. I'm looking at the dumbass board also but not sure if this he would want to go with.
    Just looking for some info and reviews on various bards if possible. I prefer using original OEM boards but not sure if there are any available at the moment

    #7 1 year ago

    DumbAss or barakandl make the best options for WPC89 mpu replacement....hard pressed to find anything bad to say about either...

    #8 1 year ago

    I'd stay far, far away from pinball basement. A quick google search will show many of the repeated and awful problems with both product and service.

    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I'd recommend doing a forum search for K's Arcade.
    As for the Pin-Tek board itself, that's the first time I've heard about it. I don't know who actually makes it.
    Another option: https://pinballbasement.com/

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from mikeflan:

    I'd stay far, far away from pinball basement. A quick google search will show many of the repeated and awful problems with both product and service.

    I heard a lot of stuff from pinball basement and nothing was good.
    Not sure what he is willing to spend on a board just trying to see if anyone has used the pin tek. Wanting to know good or bad. I wouldn't use anything but a OEM boards but I can't make the decision on this one.

    #10 1 year ago

    I have purchased 2 so far from Ksarcade and both are great. Also, PinSound has thier rocket board as well.

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from Skatewake:

    I have purchased 2 so far from Ksarcade and both are great. Also, PinSound has thier rocket board as well.

    However, I believe as of Nov 1..K's Arcade is no longer...

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from mikeflan:

    I'd stay far, far away from pinball basement. A quick google search will show many of the repeated and awful problems with both product and service.

    Quoted from codered9394:

    I heard a lot of stuff from pinball basement and nothing was good.

    This thread pretty much covers the entire rollercoaster of events: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/beware-pinball-basement-the-thread-i-didn-t-want-to-start

    Quoted from Skatewake:

    I have purchased 2 so far from Ksarcade

    K's arcade is closed, unfortunately.

    Quoted from Sonic:

    DumbAss or barakandl make the best options for WPC89 mpu replacement....hard pressed to find anything bad to say about either...

    I've used @barakandl's WPC89 MPU. It worked with no trouble.

    https://nvram.weebly.com/wms--de-pcbs.html

    #13 1 year ago

    I've bought probably a dozen Rottendog and haven't had any horror stories on their WPC CPUs. You hear things about Rottendog... but for their CPU boards I'd buy again without hesitation.

    I've always considered a Pin-Tek board a step up from Rottendog. I certainly have been happy with all the other Pin-Tek boards I've bought, but I've never bought a Pin-Tek CPU replacement.

    I would say that the Dumbass boards are absolutely top of the market amazing, and worthy of your A-class better-than-original restoration. He's doing jaw dropping good work.

    Personally, I'd go Rottendog in your situation.

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from Sonic:

    Your timing is good... I'd get this... Nothing wrong with Pinled... Price is good....
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinball4sale/permalink/6396567630369982/?sale_post_id=6396567630369982&app=fbl

    I have a PinLed, been running in my TZ for 12 years now, no issues.

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from Sonic:

    Your timing is good... I'd get this... Nothing wrong with Pinled... Price is good....
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pinball4sale/permalink/6396567630369982/?sale_post_id=6396567630369982&app=fbl

    Oh shoot...95.. Not 89... My bad....

    #17 1 year ago

    I like weebly products.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballplusMN:

    I like weebly products.

    +1. Love the weebly NVRAMs. Never used the MPU, but I think it's a nice touch that he included DIP holes for the surface mount chips if you ever need to replace one.

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    +1. Love the weebly NVRAMs. Never used the MPU, but I think it's a nice touch that he included DIP holes for the surface mount chips if you ever need to replace one.

    or if the assembly house can't source the SMT chip give me flexibility to do TH in socket. But yeah, being able to replace the SMT chip without desoldering is the main idea though. Just carefully cut it out with sharp flush snips and you can fit an IC socket without desoldering.

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    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from barakandl:

    or if the assembly house can't source the SMT chip give me flexibility to do TH in socket. But yeah, being able to replace the SMT chip without desoldering is the main idea though. Just carefully cut it out with sharp flush snips and you can fit an IC socket without desoldering.

    I don’t see the MPU on your site anymore, so you no longer sell it?

    Follow-up, I was looking for one a couple of months ago and noticed yours doesn’t have a RTC circuit, I was curious why you’d excluded it (I’m by no means criticizing, just genuinely curious)

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