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50Hz/60Hz Converter for Stern Imports

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  • 50Hz/60Hz Converter for Stern Imports

    I have for sale 60hz converter boards that work on Stern Sam and Spike 1 mpu's,these little boards will allow you to convert an imported game on 60hz to Australian 50hz.
    Some competant soldering skills are required more so with the spike1's
    A detailed instruction sheet will be supplied
    $160 ncluding postage within Australia and NZ

    Spike2 is confirmed ,it will be a different board and plug and play,at this stage it will be the same price.
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    Last edited by GIBO; 5 March 2021, 04:18 AM.

  • #2
    Out of interest, what does 50hz cause on those machines?
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    • #3
      I suggest you google Hz in different countries but in this case it is used for region protection

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      • #4
        I understand the difference power-wise I just have never come across an amusement machine which it makes a difference for, very interesting that they used it like that.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by phreak97 View Post
          I understand the difference power-wise I just have never come across an amusement machine which it makes a difference for, very interesting that they used it like that.
          AC motors are frequency sensitive, though that is more relevant to EM machines and older solid state than modern ones. They can run at the wrong speed at best and burn themselves out at worst.

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          • #6
            Ok I have 3 ems with 110 volt transformers and run them through a step down transformer do I need to do anything as far as 50 60 hertz ?

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            • #7
              Stern machines detect that a machine that should running on 60hz is running on 50 and it wont work. Sort of a pinball equivalent of DVD region coding

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              • #8
                Its Watchdog circuit Stern incorporated in all US machines to stop personal imports and to protect the Australian distributor( A little Birdy told me.)

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                • #9
                  PINBALL gotta love it

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JOKERPOKER View Post
                    And we’ve been fitting these for years now. The ones out of Germany (courtesy of Jersey Jack were plug and play. According to Jack,Gary doesn’t own global pinball. I wonder if he feels the same now that he is a manufacturer?)
                    You will still see for a microsecond the wording.
                    ‘This machine will not operate in this country please contact your distributor”. But don’t cause Bruce gets angry lol.
                    I tried it [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]


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                    These boards are designed and assembled here in Perth,the warning you see with the European boards doesnt come up with these ones,when using them on a Sam Cpu it is mounted on the back of the board,out of sight and very discreet.
                    They can also be used to convert the other way ie Euro/Au machine to work in the USA

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                    • #11
                      These are cool, but out of interest, does this violate copy protection? Much like breaking software copy protection is a crime? I don't care, I think region protection like this is detrimental to everyone and anything that can get around it is a good thing. I am more just interested if this is totally accepted and legal, or somewhat of a legal grey area.

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                      • #12
                        PINBALL gotta love it

                        "There's no such thing as too much bling"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GIBO View Post
                          These boards are designed and assembled here in Perth,the warning you see with the European boards doesnt come up with these ones,when using them on a Sam Cpu it is mounted on the back of the board,out of sight and very discreet.
                          They can also be used to convert the other way ie Euro/Au machine to work in the USA
                          These sound better then Gibo and cheaper. Win win.


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                          PINBALL gotta love it

                          "There's no such thing as too much bling"

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                          • #14
                            Has anyone ever got two boards (50hz and 60hz) next to each other and seen the difference?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Boots View Post
                              Has anyone ever got two boards (50hz and 60hz) next to each other and seen the difference?
                              Its the same board just programed at the factory to detect the frequency of the region

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