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#11
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 10/29 16:20
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Joined 10/28
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USA. Florida to be exact.
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#12
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 10/29 18:17
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I picked up a multimeter and checked the AC adapter. Itís carrying 9.6 volts through the piece that snaps into the controller, so I donít think thatís the issue.
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#13
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 10/29 20:18
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Joined 2013/6/17
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Yeah sounds like the AC adapter is working. Next in line, you'll need to check the controller. I'm not sure which pins carry the power though..
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#14
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 10/29 22:51
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Quote:

speedyink wrote:
Yeah sounds like the AC adapter is working. Next in line, you'll need to check the controller. I'm not sure which pins carry the power though..


Got something here. I checked the pins on the controller. Even though I had plenty of voltage coming out of the AC adapter, Iím getting about 4.5 volts on the controller pins. My multimeter wasnít small enough to fit into the pin connector so I had to use bent paper clips as a go-between - I donít think that would change anything though.

So if Iím losing voltage somewhere in the controller - what might the fix be?
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#15
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 10/30 22:04
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Quote:

Jeff wrote:
Quote:

speedyink wrote:
Yeah sounds like the AC adapter is working. Next in line, you'll need to check the controller. I'm not sure which pins carry the power though..


Got something here. I checked the pins on the controller. Even though I had plenty of voltage coming out of the AC adapter, Iím getting about 4.5 volts on the controller pins. My multimeter wasnít small enough to fit into the pin connector so I had to use bent paper clips as a go-between - I donít think that would change anything though.

So if Iím losing voltage somewhere in the controller - what might the fix be?


Are you saying that, on pin 6 (VBat), you're only getting 4.5V, or that the highest voltage you got from any pin on the pad was 4.5V? If the latter, which pin was it, and what did you get on pin 6? Also, where are you putting the black lead of your meter? I'm assuming, of course, that you had the switch on while testing, but I thought I'd mention it, just in case...

Another thing you might want to check for is corrosion on the power terminals and the controller plug. Your paperclips likely scraped enough away on the plug to make contact, though. If not, use it to gently scrape the insides of all the pins and try it in the VB again.
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#16
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 11/3 0:20
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I tested it on pins 5 and 6. Now I donít seem to be getting anything. Is there something in the controller itself I can check to see if thereís a specific issue?
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#17
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 11/4 1:12
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There's really nothing between the battery/adapter and the pins on the connector except the power switch. It's unlikely that the switch is worn out, but as I mentioned before, there could be corrosion on anything, including inside the switch or between your probe, the paper clip, and the connector. Plugging/unplugging connectors, and switching switches back and forth, can sometimes scratch off enough to make a better connection. I can't really advise beyond that without physical access to the parts... sorry.
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#18
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 11/4 3:01
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Joined 10/28
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Okay. Iíll scratch at everything. I may try to pick up a working used battery pack and controller combo from eBay and see if that works. That should at least tell me if itís the system itself thatís broken, I guess.
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#19
Re: So, I hope I didnít just waste money.
Posted on: 11/9 21:17
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So I went on eBay and bought another controller that came with an AC adapter and Galactic Pinball for $45. It worked. The AC adapter that I originally had was bad. Not to mention the screens inside the VB are PERFECT. So it looks like Iíve got a perfectly working VB for about $80, less whatever I can get for the extra controller!
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