Repairs, Restorations, Tweaks and Insights
AAARPinball is where I document work I do on
pinball and video arcade machines. I strive to include many pictures when describing the repairs and tweaks I
have done while including various insights I've learned. There are details covering many machines including classic 1980s video
arcade games, both raster and vector, as well as 1990s Bally / Williams
pinball machines. Of course, there's a lot more!
I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. If you'd like to discuss anything, you can contact me here.
Here are pinball machines I've worked on from
manufacturers such as Bally, Williams, Stern, Data East and Jersey Jack.
Video Arcade Machines
Here are vector and raster video arcade machines I've worked on from classic
manufacturers such as Atari, Sega, NAMCO, Midway and Bally.
May 22, 2022
Addition changes to the website internally
Added brief information about installing LEDs to Theatre of Magic (here
ADded information about removing Pop Bumper Building mod from Dialed In
May 19, 2022
Several changes to the core site have been made over the past few days, such as adding a "Contact Me" to the navigation bar and including
the navigation bar on the entry page.
May 14, 2022
Added information about using a ceramic block magnet to help prevent bounce away on the Twilight Zone bridge diverter (here
May 5, 2022
Added a few ColorDMD LCD pictures to Twilight Zone (here
May 2, 2022
Added information about ColorDMD LED install on Jurassic Park (here
May 1, 2022
Added information about ColorDMD LCD install on Road Show (here
Fixed several typos across the entire site
April 18, 2022
Added instructions for removal of the Indiana Jones Path of Adventure (here
December 22, 2021
Added pictures of current gameroom (here
August 2 - 4, 2021
Started a page of Theatre of Magic (here
Added details about Addams Family G.I. light behind the phone plastic (here
May 16, 2021
Added details about Addams Family ColorDMD LCD and THING lights (here
May 9, 2021
Started a page for The Addams Family (here
Fixed some small typos across the entire site
February 16, 2021
Information about Dialed In! drone repair added to Dialed In
August 2, 2020
After 9 years, I decided to make the configurable 1080p convergence and focus test pattern
visible to everyone
As well as the lesser known configurable 4k (2160p) convergence and focus test pattern
July 29, 2020
Added info about fixing diagnostic switch and High Score Save Multi-Pac removing functionality to the Pac-Man cabaret page
July 25, 2020
Started the skeleton of a page for my Pac-Man cabaret
July 9, 2020
Added information about Twilight Zone
clock fix (only working in reverse)
January 2 - February 8, 2020
Added information about a Marble Madness
Added information about a Dialed In!
Pop Bumper fix
Added information about a Dialed In!
Trap Door repair
November 9, 2019
Solved a power issue with Dialed In's
ball trough (and molex connector)
October 11, 2019
Added info about Dialed In!
September 20, 2019
Added some playfield pictures to Dialed In!
September 6, 2019
improvements: dim lights fix, firmware upgrade, cabinet pictures, inside cabinet pictures
September 2, 2019
Started a page covering Jersey Jack Pinball Dialed In! (here
Made some small modifications to the Pirates of the Caribbean page (here
April 22, 2018
Added some pictures of the gameroom's current arrangement (here
April 20, 2018
Enhanced site to support HTTPS
April 18, 2018
Picked up a Stern Pirates of the Caribbean (here
March 26, 2018
Added info about a General Illumination Bulb not Working in Jurassic Park (here
February 26 - March 23, 2018
Added info about painting Judge Dredd eagle topper (here
Added several items to the Jurassic Park page (here
Added information about Data East Jurassic Park audio hum / buzz (here
Oct 6, 2017
Picked up a Data East Jurassic Park in August but just got around to adding it to my site (here
June 24, 2017
Added Asteroids Deluxe multi-game kit
Fixed Asteroids Vector display (here
August 28, 2016
Fix for Revenge from Mars backbox light (here
August 14, 2016
Drop target fix for Terminator 2 (here
Diode replacement for 8x bonus light (here
August 3 - 4, 2016
Added Deadworld mod (original functionality restoration) information to Judge Dredd (here
Added information about Marble Madness G07 B+ voltage and jumpy display (here
July 29, 2016
Added Judge Dredd Eagle Topper mounting (here
Added info about confusing RadioShack 276-0143 LED specification to Judge Dredd section (here
July 22 - 25, 2016
Some small cleanup across various pages
Added information about Marble Madness G07 repair (here
Added pictures of Judge Dredd eagle topper (here
Added Judge Dredd 3 ball Supergame repair (here
Added Judge Dredd broken Sniper VUK repair (here
Added new instruction and price cards to Judge Dredd (here
July 17, 2016
Started section on Bally Judge Dredd pinball (here
August 16, 2015
Added Rocky pachinko information about modifying the cabinet hopper to support 1,500 balls (here
August 9 - 10, 2015
New Rocky Pachinko
Added information about 1500 pachinko balls
Added information about modifying cabinet to capture drained balls
Adding resistors/potentiometers for volume adjustment
August 3 - 5, 2015
I've been making lots of updates to the Rocky Pachinko page. Too numerous to list.
Picked up a pachinko machine! It's a Toyotec Rocky the Movie. I've started a page for it (here
July 17, 2015
Updated this page to be mobile friendly!
Made many other changes across the site (which shouldn't be noticeable)
July 8 - 13, 2015
Updated Indiana Jones section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Getaway section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Terminator 2 section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated FunHouse section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Ripley's Believe It or Not section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Star Trek: The Next Generation section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated RoadShow section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated WhiteWater section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Fire! section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Simpsons section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Creature from the Black Lagoon section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Star Wars section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Twilight Zone section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Daytona 2 section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Super GT section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated RoadBlasters section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Asteroids Deluxe section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Area 51 Site 4 section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Gameroom section to be mobile friendly (here
Updated Yajikita section to be mobile friendly (here
July 7, 2015
Added picture of Barry Oursler Dr. Who translite signature (here
July 2, 2015
Added information about fixing the "Bend" in the Doctor Who Dalek Topper (here
June 26, 2015
Started Bally Doctor Who pinball page (here
March 12 - 13, 2015
Added information about the Revenge from Mars / Pinball 2000 driver board (here
Added information about up/down ramp fix
March 4 - 8, 2015
Started Revenge from Mars (Pinball 2000) page (here
Added details about Ultimarc Video Amplified
Added details about upgrade to RFM version 1.6
Added original Revenge from Mars VGA wiring to Wells-Gardner 19K7302
Added various pictures of video integrated with gameplay
Added information about Pinball 2000 / Revenge from Mars CPU fan replacement
February 15, 2015
Rewrote Atari Marble Madness page to be more modern and mobile friendly
Added section on track ball rebuild here
February 14, 2015
Rewrote Atari Star Wars page to be more modern and mobile friendly
Added section on Amplifone deflection repair here
February 3, 2015
Rewrote Tempest cocktail page to be more modern and mobile friendly
Added section on dark Plexiglas polishing. Click here
January 24, 2015
Several updates to the Tempest cocktail section
including new cocktail glass/art and installation of CPO (control panel
overlay). Click here
August 17, 2014
Twilight Zone decal for "Battle the Power"
diverter installation (here
August 9, 2014
Twilight Zone (pre-DCS) sound clicking/popping
sound problem fixed (here
June 4, 2014
Tempest monitor repair for bending vectors near
May 24 - 28, 2014
Added info about Tempest cabinet restoration
Added info about Tempest cocktail artwork vectorization (here
May 13, 2014
Added information about replacing Tempest's WG6100 HV caps
Added information about installing the LV2000 to repair Tempest's WG6100 low voltage
Added info about Big Blue replacement (here
May 8, 2014
Started Atari Tempest cocktail page (here
May 5, 2014
Added information about GI header repair as well as information about Twilight Zone GI dimming (here
March 30, 2014
Twilight Zone Clock started acting up ("clock is broken") so I made a fix (here
March 1, 2014
For Area 51 Site 4, added information about replacing lightgun PCB for accuracy. Also
added strategy information to defect the alien queen at the end of the game (here
February 24, 2014
Added information about cap kit for Area 51 Site 4 monitor (here
November 30, 2013
Added video of gameroom into Gameroom section (here
Moved an "informal review" of Herg's LED OCD I originally wrote on Pinside to my web page (here
November 14 - 15, 2013
Added info about converting Area 51 Site 4 from old hard drive to flash drive with an IDE to SD adapter
November 9, 2013
Added a picture of the 74175 chip that assists with high score saving in Asteroids Deluxe.
November 2 - 7, 2013
Started a new page for my Atari Area 51 Site 4 arcade game. Check it out
September 3, 2013
Added a few panorama pictures of the gameroom
August 18, - 29, 2013
Fixed speaker hum
Replaced the Twilight Zone clock casing / housing
Adjusted the Twilight Zone gears so that both hands point at 20 o'clock when powered on
Replaced broken ball pop cup on the gumball VUK
Rebuilt the GI connector that was previously soldered directly onto the driver board
May 5 - 18, 2013
I'm back to adding Pinball stuff! I've got hold of a Twilight Zone
Check it out here
been updating this page frequently. Here are some of the updates:
- New "enhanced" slot machine target
- Flipper cleanup
- Subway cleaning
- Using #545 LEDs in backbox instead of
incandescent #545 bulbs
- Fixed lack of audio when I first got
- Twilight Zone clock repair
- Twilight Zone modified to use LED
- Mylar removal
- Tons of pictures
April 14, 2013
Added some info about the TX-NR818's HDMI EDID handling Click here
April 8, 2013
Short updated the Sony HW30 projector Onkyo TX-NR818 compatibility section
Also made small update the TX-NR818 clicking noises and solution. Click here
March 18, 2013
Updated the Sony HW30 projector Onkyo TX-NR818 compatibility section. Click here
March 3 - 7, 2013
Added information about Sony HW30 projector and (what I thought was the) Onkyo TX-NR818 "power on" fix.
It turned out not to fix it.
Also added some info about Lip Sync (AV Sync) for the Onkyo TX-NR818. Click here
February 9 - 17, 2013
Another off-topic section... I've added information about the Onkyo TX-NR818. This first section attempts to
describe how the (confusing?) video output functionality works. Click here
February 3, 2013
Added information about Data Easy Simpsons GI repair
January 31, 2013
Another unexpected addition. 1080p convergence and focus test patterns with
discrete colors (red, green, blue) for monitors and projectors (here
October 22 - November 6, 2012
Branching out! Got a Japanese Pachislo (Skill Slot) machine called Yajikita (here
May 27, 2012
Added information about Asteroids Deluxe high score repair
Added another image of restored coin door
May 7, 2012
Atari Star Wars yoke potentiometer swap (here
May 4, 2012
Added picture of "Atari Wall" to gameroom (here
April 25 - 27, 2012
Added image of Asteroids Deluxe cabinet almost 100% cleaned up
Added info about coin door and side art image to Asteroids Deluxe (here
April 15 - 19, 2012
More info added to the Asteroids Deluxe page (here
April 14, 2012
Added Asteroids Deluxe page (here
March 18, 2012
Added video of FunHouse gameplay to FunHouse page
Several updates to the Sony VPL-HW30ES / VPL-HW30AES projector page have been done (but have not been listed here over the past month)
February 16, 2012
Surprise! I've written my impressions of the Sony VPL-HW30ES / VPL-HW30AES projector!
September 10, 2011
Added Daytona 2 mosaic picture to the Daytona 2 section
September 5, 2011
RoadBlasters thumb trigger repair added to RoadBlasters section
Road Show voltage selector repair added to Road Show section
September 2, 2011
Slight modifications to the RoadBlasters section
August 29, 2011
Started a RoadBlasters section
August 23, 2011
Added more details to the System 1 audio issue in the Marble Madness section
August 21, 2011
Added information about repairing an audio problem with an Atari System 1 Main PCB to the
Marble Madness section
July 15, 2011
Updated WhiteWater page with a (much) improved video
July 5, 2011
Added new gameroom video
March 5, 2011
General cleanup to the Atari Star Wars page
March 4, 2011
Added more details of my x2212 settings / high score fix
March 3, 2011
Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back settings / high score fixed!
Moved some of the basic screen shots to later on the page
February 26, 2011
Update regarding Star Wars NOVRAM and crosshair centering
Added info about Star Wars x2212 novram, settings and high scores
February 19, 2011
Added a couple of pictures of Empire Strikes Back running on the Star Wars
February 10, 2011
Miscellaneous updates to Atari Star Wars section
February 8, 2011
Star Wars yoke controller calibration
February 3, 2011
Started Atari Star Wars vid section
January 22, 2011
Added game room picture section
Info about Marble Madness coin door lights
January 9, 2011
Atari Volcano switch repair for Marble Madness
January 4, 2011
Added picture of pretty much complete Marble Madness
Added picture of populated control panel
January 2, 2011
Marble Madness control panel overlay/decal install
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year! Added pics of Atari volcano/cone player buttons
December 14, 2010
Added Marble Madness side art (decal) install
November 14, 2010
Picture from Marble Madness restoration (bondo and paining)
November 12, 2010
Marble Madness side art removal
November 6, 2010
Started Atari Marble Madness page (Marble Madness
June 25, 2010
Added information about "Race Leader" relay repair
June 22, 2010
Did some cleanup on the first 20% of the Super GT page... will try and get to the rest soon..
June 18, 2010
Added SuperGT image for link on home page, info about removing the decals from the chairs, info
about topper lighting.
June 16, 2010
Finally published some text about taking apart the Super GT
June 9, 2010
SuperGT steering pot ("volume") replacement.
Some more gear shift info
June 4, 2010
Added information about DATA ACCESS EXCEPTION to Super GT section.
Also added more information about gear shift repair.
May 30, 2010
Started Sega Super GT (SCUD Race) page ... very preliminary!
May 22, 2010
Adding information about Daytona 2 Power Edition upgrade!
March 14, 2010
Added relay repair, apron
before/after pics, and edits based on quick proof reading to the Star Wars page
March 3, 2010
Added some information and
pictures to the Star Wars page
March 2, 2010
Started Data East Star Wars page (here
December 13, 2009
Fixed email address problem
Added a little more info about the Simpsons alpha-numeric score repair
November 5, 2009
Added information about Simpsons alpha-numeric score repair
August 8, 2009
Updated home page a bit (added sections for pins and vids)
Added link to gameroom video on YouTube
July 2, 2009
Small update to Daytona 2 page (now have the correct casters!)
June 24, 2009
Updated Daytona 2 section with leg leveler info
June 14, 2009
Added info about a video game! Sega Daytona 2..
June 6, 2009
Added video if Indiana Jones gameplay to IJ page.
May 31, 2009
Changed my email address. Too much spam. See note at top for the new email.
May 9, 2009
Something crazy happened!
I've added some information about the Panasonic DMC-ZS3 camera (click
March 30, 2009
Added a ton of info about my
Indiana Jones shop (finally!)
February 15, 2009
Added video of Terminator 2
gameplay to the Terminator page
January 25, 2009
Added video of White Water
gameplay to the White Water page
January 24, 2009
Added video of Ripley's
gameplay to the RBION page
January 19, 2009
Added video of Creature
gameplay to the Creature page
June 1, 2008
Updated Indiana Jones Path of
Adventure text to correct mistake about 2nd flipper opto
April 4, 2008
Updated Indiana Jones (IJ) page
with right ramp removal
March 28, 2008
Updated contact information
March 23, 2008
Added information about
shopping (cleaning inserts, subway, lamp PCBs)
Added (large) picture of playfield bottom
March 13, 2008
Added a bunch of pictures of
the Creature Hologram
Added a picture of the slide VUK that broke
March 7, 2008
Updated all pin pages to
include links to home and all other pin pages (at the top)
March 6, 2008
Started Creech page!
(Creature from the Black Lagoon or CFTBL)
February 7, 2008
Wow! It has been a while.
Added story about STTNG battery
June 11, 2007
Added Simpsons 3-Drop target
June 9, 2007
Added a ton of stuff to the
June 5, 2007
Updated to Simpsons page
May 31, 2007
Added Simpsons page (my first
Data East machine). Go Bart, Homer, Marge, Maggie and Lisa!
April 1, 2007
Additional text to existing
Added information about battery holder repair
Added information about reproducing plastic targets
Added information about broken ramp repair
March 28, 2007
Added a bunch more Fire! stuff
- How bell works
- Ramp removal and cleaning
- How the cool fire effect works
- Skill shot repair
March 27, 2007
Started Fire! page (my first System 11 machine!)
March 3, 2007
Added information about STTNG cannon's home and mark
March 2, 2007
Added a bit about debugging STTNG cannon problems
February 24, 2007
WCS94 lock and light repair added
August 26, 2006
Added information about Ted's eye installation to Road Show
August 24, 2006
Eyes for Ted!
New WCS Soccer Ball!
July 28, 2006
Added more information to WCS page
Reformatted things a bit across the entire site
July 27, 2006
Started World Cup Soccer 94 (WCS) page
Minor updates to STTNG page
April 14, 2006
Added information about "R" in River repair (WhiteWater)
Added information about Road Show knocker
April 2, 2006
Added information about STTNG hole protector
Added information about Delta Ramp removal
Added information about G.I problem and burnt connector
March 30, 2006
Rearranged STTNG sections and cleaned up some text
Added drop target behavior
Added more pictures
March 28, 2006
Added text about drop target repair, some playfield cleaning, and various updates to STTNG
March 26, 2006
More STTNG updates. Added information about cannon repairs.
March 25, 2006
Cleaned up the formatting of the STTNG page. Added some new content.
March 22, 2006
More pictures added to STTNG page.
March 21, 2006
Started Star Trek: The Next Generation (STTNG) page.
November 20, 2005
Information about second 8-light PCB for White Water added.
November 5, 2005
Added information and picture of FunHouse lamp insert adjustment.
October 30, 2005
Added information and picture of FunHouse subway cleaning.
August 22, 2005
Added information about Waterfall topper to White Water section.
August 1, 2005
Added information about coin door inserts to Road Show section.
July 21, 2005
Updated Road Show with Ted's PCB motor repair.
July 4, 2005
Added information about White Water "lite lock" targets.
Added information about White Water "Insanity Falls / Whirlpool" sign.
June 29, 2005
Updated and added some text to the White Water section.
June 28, 2005
Information about transformer Molex connector added to White Water.
Added information about NOS Big Foot head to White Water.
Added information about new plastics to White Water.
Added information about plunger to White Water.
Added an image of the White Water topper.
June 24, 2005
Added White Water page. It is very preliminary.
June 14, 2005
Added a bit of information about the Road Show shaker motor.
Added information to Getaway regarding Supercharger speed improvement (diverter replacement).
June 5, 2005
Added pictures of playfield chip repair to Road Show section.
May 27, 2005
Added information about chip in Road Show playfield below bumper post.
May 25, 2005
(Road Show) Added picture of Red's hat and Ted's hat with the new decals.
May 23, 2005
Added Road Show decal artwork.
Added information about replacing leg bolt plates on Road Show.
Added information about cleaning left ramp on Road Show.
May 21, 2005
Added information about new Road Show DMD.
Added information about new Road Show City Start sign.
Added information about Road Show "Bob's Souvenir Bunker" sign.
May 17, 2005
Added information about cleaning Road Show right ramp.
May 15, 2005
Added information about
FunHouse ramp replacement.
Added information to Terminator section (coin door, Hunter Killer ship).
Added information about Indiana Jones Bi-Plane.
Added a bunch of information about the Road Show repairs and shopping.
May 13, 2005
Minor enhancements to Road Show page.
May 10, 2005
Started Road Show page.
March 25, 2005
Added listing of RBION Odditorium facts.
March 15, 2005
Added information about Funhouse (Rudy) repair.
December 21, 2004
Adjusted text that was added back on 11/6/04.
November 6, 2004
Added additional information about IJ POA stuttering.
May 12, 2004
Added a bunch of images from the bottom of the RBION playfield.
May 10, 2004
Added information to FunHouse section about Rudy's eyeball repair.
May 4, 2004
Fixed typos in Indiana Jones
and Getaway sections.
Added "Path of Adventure was stuttering" problem to Indiana Jones section.
Added image of F103 fuse to Getaway section.
May 2, 2004
Started recording changes.
Added image of RBION backglass lighting to RBION machine information page.
Added image of RBION playfield to main RBION page.
Added Funhouse section.
Fixed some typos in the Indiana Jones section. I should really proof read the entire site...