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  1. Maybe you should take your own advice on this Wayne, and spend more time working on the MM instead of hanging out on "our little Australian Arcade Forum" and trying to make yourself out as a "celebrity"... I'm sure that the operating system is pretty much a pre-determined thing, and the game software designers do not have much to do with it, or have much control over it. Operating Systems are usually the "nuts and bolts" of a system to make them operate, but the operating system is dumb without something to do. The game rules, special effects, Dot Matrix animations, etc... are what makes the game what it is to play. I don't think Cameron said he was a "Game Designer" as you put it, more that he had a say in what was done, designed, placed, etc... John Popadiuk would have been the lead designer, but why is it a stretch for him to allow his design team to help him out and throw around ideas? And I'm sure that includes the software programmers as well - they have a BIG say in the design after all...
  2. They are not EPROM chips Rob, they are PAL chips. So they cannot be copied easily. Basically, Williams created the WPC-S and the WPC-95 machines to have security chips due to problems in Europe. This way, distributors and operators would know where the machines came from, and who owned them by turning them on. There are people who have "cracked" the security code in the PAL chips to make machines that have faulty security chips functional again. This is what you have seen on eBay. Due to the nature of them, you cannot read them on an EPROM programmer, and cannot program them on one either. You need a PAL programmer, and the original (or cracked) code to do this. Hope that makes sense mate...
  3. Thanks for clearing that up Cameron. I'm glad to hear you are still involved in the coin-op industry, and Raw Thrills have been releasing some great games lately... I'm looking forward to seeing what the new one is...
  4. Rocks in my head?? Do you not understand the difference between "source code" and "binary code"?? Let me explain it for you... "Source Code" is written in a Quasi-English programming language. In this case the "APPLE system". When you program a system, you use the programming language to program the system to do what you want it to do, and using this Quasi-English language makes it much easier to program the system to perform as you want it to without having to use "Assembly Code" to manipulate the machine. This language is far easier to learn for us humans as it resembles English in a computer sort of way. "Binary Code" is what is compiled from the "Source Code" to program into the ROM to make the system work. Binary code is the 1's and 0's that make the machine work, and is what the processor understands. This is how ALL pinball machines work and is the code that is inside their ROM's. The code that you have available on your site for Williams/Bally pinballs is the "Binary Code" for these machines. All I was asking is would you allow this code to be available to the masses like you do the other codes?? Not the "Source Code", as I do understand Intellectual Property, the "Binary Code" that can be programmed onto a ROM. By the way, your quote of the source code does clearly state that Cameron Silver did indeed program the code for CV, yet you said previously that he did not do all of it. doesn't this show that he was at least the lead software designer???
  5. Do you actually mean IPDB not IPBD? And who said that Cameron Silver actually has the source code in his possession??? Creating the new version (2.0H), and actually having possession of the source code are 2 different things. If you have the code, then would you release the binary version to the public via pinball.com for everyone who owns a CV to be able to program a new ROM with this version?
  6. Glad to see it all working now wingtipvortex! Your machine look great, and I bet you are really enjoying playing it now! :lol No probs on the help mate, feel free to ask me any questions any time.
  7. How can anyone win this comp when Mark is threatening to buy all of the new batch anyway??
  8. From what I've seen over the years, even with a bad economy pinball/amusement sales don't drop off considerably. I think it's because people still want their entertainment, and if they can make a one-off purchase to have that entertainment/stress relief at home vs going out to a pub (for example) every weekend, then that's what they will do. If they can spend say $3500 on a decent pinball to have for as long as they want and not go out and piss the money up against the wall during hard times, then they are better off and can still have their mates over and enjoy playing the machine. I also think that people are much more wary of eBay these days. Most people who just want a pinball for home seem to be going to the dealers and buying a reconditioned pinball knowing that they will have the backup service if anything does go wrong. They can also play each game available and talk to the sales person about them, so they feel more confident about buying one. It's hard to get a good price on eBay for a good pinball. Most people aren't prepared to spend more than say $2500 on a machine sight unseen. They would rather go and see/play the actual machine, if they are to spend more than that.
  9. The later Stern games do not have one as standard, but it can be re-fitted. You just gotta find the O/P for the knocker... plenty of docs on it though...
  10. Black is active for 110V wiring... so this is incorrect.
  11. You'll find that the rivets are usually on the "Wide body" lock down bars that were not replaceable for a long time. The "Standard body" lock down bars sometimes had this also... The reason is that the underside of these lock down bars can break away from the top side, so operators would screw/bolt/rivet them back together. I do hope that TPF do not supply riveted lock down bars with the MM's...
  12. Try bending the ball eject arm slightly towards the back of the playfield - this will put a bit of spin on the ball and cause it to land in the ball shooter lane. Seen this problem on may TZ's, and this trick has worked every time. You will need to "play" with it to get it right, but you do not need to bend it much.
  13. No probs... will meet then... but make it an Irish Whiskey for me!
  14. Yep, I'll be there... Hope you make better coffee than Mark does coolspot...
  15. Yeah, the old building still has Fun City on it... Basically, there were 3 or 4 different business there. One of the main ones has moved out, and has their own building now. So, the DarkZone, Saloon Bar, Haunted House, etc are in the new building. Both still have amusements, including pinballs.
  16. Just to be pedantic... the "Fun City" you went to is not actually Fun City any more... I do work for the owner of Fun City, and they have moved to next to Harvey Norman in Sunshine (opposite AMF Bowl)... The new centre opened Saturday morning. Unfortunately they don't have the quality of pins you have referred to, but do have a World Cup Soccer, Batman, and Roller Coaster Tycoon. I spent Friday night there getting all the machines up and running, although I'm not 100% happy with them just yet... at least they are working properly...
  17. I'm one that was in the chat and keen as to see this happen! As much as I would like all the people involved to put down their swords and come together for this event, I can't see it happening any time soon... One of the problems discussed was the formation of a committee to over-see the organisation of the event, and ensure the running of it. At this stage, no-one has put their hand up for the job...AFAIK. Would anybody here be interested in doing that??? I would put my hand up, but I have a lot to do and a business to run. Besides, I think it would be better if the committee was of people that are not directly involved with the pinball industry... Any payment for stalls would have to be UP-FRONT, and any non-payers would not be allowed to attend. This would also go for any advertising of the event - payment UP-FRONT or you do not get your name/business on the advertising! This has been a problem in the past with other pinball expo's internationally, so it would need to be very clear... you do not get your name/business on the promotional advertising without payment UP-FRONT. I still hope this goes ahead, but we can only wait and see...
  18. I would really like to see this happen, and am happy to help out with it... Let's see if we can all make it work!
  19. It does sound like the opto beam is not aligned correctly, but as these parts do fail, you may as well replace it with the new one you have.
  20. Ahh, you have an earlier DE pinball then... Micro switches have a set life span. After a certain amount of activations, they are no longer guaranteed to work properly (not sure what this number is off the top of my head). This doesn't mean to say that the micro's are the fault, but they are definite a possibility. The Flipper Board sends the flipper switch signals to the switch matrix for the flipper buttons. So, the problem will either be the flipper micro swicth, or the flipper board logic. As you have said, the LED's flash, so the first thing I would do is either swap the Flipper micro's to see if the fault moves, or replace the suspect flipper micro switch to see if the fault goes away.
  21. The fuse clip problem is VERY common on DE pinballs. Along with the flipper board (the fuse board pinnies4me referred to), the fuse clips fail on the Power Supply and PPB boards. Clean the flipper contact switch with an old business card, or replace if you think it is the problem. Also, there are LED's on the flipper board which will flash when you press the flipper buttons (one for each flipper) - make sure they flash every time you press the flipper buttons.
  22. Generally, you should not lubricate plungers in any way. Check that the bracket is straight, and aligned properly. You may just need to looses the screws, align the bracket and tighten the screws again.
  23. Reports at this stage are suggesting the next is "CSI"...
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