Hello. I have lost one of the wooden feet and that fix onto the back of the Pinball Planet game by Pintoy which makes it slope, and also have no balls for it (casualties of a house move!). Can anyone help? 5 and 3 year olds boys would be very happy if you can. Thanks!
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The two most common problems with solid state pinball machines are blown fuses and bad connectors. A third common problem is leaking batteries that eat away the copper traces on the motherboard. I assume that you have checked all of the fuses. You can try to unplug and replug each cable connection in the backbox. This can sometimes clear intermittent contact problems. In other cases metal fatigue within the connector make for poor contact and the connector may need to be repinned. Also stress on a male connector pin can sometimes cause cold solder joints. Many solid state machines had rechargable battery packs that were soldered onto the motherboard. Over time these would leak acid onto the motherboard and cause issues. If none of these suggestions seems to help then I suggest that you pose your question on an active pinball forum like www.pinside.com. There are many people there that can help you debug the problem.
Growing up my dad was a pinball machine collector, so we always had machines in the house and at a young age playing pinball was one of my favorite pass times. After spending many long hours playing and flipping those little flippers like a manic I realized that there was an art to using the flippers.
When it seems that the ball was going to go straight down the center of the playfield I would use both flippers to try and stop the ball from draining, but it was an action that never worked. I discovered that using only one flipper helped me to catch the ball more often. And this also helped me to discover that you don't need to flip the flippers as often as you might think.
The game of pinball is all about timing and aim, there was one time that I discovered that if I raised the flipper at just the right moment I could bring the ball to a dead stop. This gives you the ability to better control the ball or even take a short break so long as you don't take your finger off that button. You will learn after the first few times playing pinball that it is not a game of random chance that the ball hits places on the playfield and win points but that there is an element of aim involved. With practice you learn the playfield well and the power that you need to hit the ball with to hit the targets. You will find that using a certain part of the flipper will cause the ball to go exactly where you need it to.
Pinball is a very fast paced game, in some instances the ball can be moving at speeds of 20mph! With this in mind when you successfully hit the ball you should immediately let the flipper fall. Holding the flippers up when you don't need them leaves a gaping hole in the center of the playfield and makes it harder to hit the ball if it comes down fast.
With time and practice you too can master the art of being a pinball wiz and amaze your friends with your unbelievable high scores.
Check for voltage at the motor power in leads. If missing problem goes back to controller brd or power supply.
If present your motor is bad or string is jammed.
Post the model # and manufacturer...it helps tech,s big time when you do.
The reason for this behavior (constantly running but not starting the game) is that the machine is trying to reset to score reels to zero. They may actually go to zero but the switch that tells the machine that they are in the zero position is either dirty or out of adjustment.
It is a very common problem with electromechanical pinball machines. The switches are located on the score reels in the backbox.
Cheat Engine and Pinball 3D which comes with Windows XP
Open pinball 3d in your games directory.
Open cheat engine, dont start playing pinball yet.
Now we are going to try to find the address, that changes the scores of pinball 3D.
So... right now your score should be zero.
Go to cheat engine and clcik "Open Process" which is top-left computer icon.
Open the process named "pinball.exe"
Now since the score is still 0 we are going to find the adress by searching for an address with 0. So go to CE (Cheat Engine), and on value type 0, and leave the scan type to: Exact Value, and value type to:4 Bytes
Now click: First Scan, now... I got 1,995,549 addresses, you should get something similar. Don't worry we'll fix that.
Now go to Pinball 3D and start playing... once you hit something and you get points, immeadiatly click F3 or Pause the game.
Ok for me first thing I got was 30,000 points, so pause, write down what you got.
Now go to CE, and in value type your current score, for me 30,000 and click "Next Scan"
If you got more than 2 addresses, go back, get some more score, come back and re-next scan with your current score
*REMEMBER YOU NEED TO PAUSE YOUR GAME IN ORDER TO WORK*
Once you get 2 addresses on the left
double click on either one, becuase they are botk linked to each other, so if you change something to one the other one will change too.
Well now that you have it on the bottom sqaure, click once on it, and press enter, now type in your new value (or your new score ) Max Score: is 999,999,999
After you put your score, go back to Pinball 3D, un-pause and, you'll notice that your score didn't change, well just make it hit something that gives you points, and VOILA!!!
*I suggest you dont put 999,999,999 for 2 reasons:
1 to get Game Over so you can sumbit your score you need to lose, to lose you have to play... and alwyas.. always you will get some points and it will reset to some low score. i suggest you put something like 999,900,000 believe me you can get 100,000 easily in pinball 3D
2nd: if you wanna impress someone but they dont you know your hacking the program, put something like 5million something like for example: 5,458,225 thats more believable than 999,999,999 they'll know you hacked it.
I have the same pinball machine. Mine also has the same symptoms. There are two red circuit breaker/fuses underneath next to the power switch. If I reset one or both of those it usually starts back up..