Announce: Translucent Early Solid State Buttons/Housings

I’m excited to announce the immediate availability of the C904 Housings and C905 buttons in 10 different pinball friendly translucent colors. The Colors are intended to closely match the colors of many pinball plastics such as lane guides, star posts, and switched inserts and are intended to be back-lit with LEDs. These new buttons are replacement parts for the following manufacturers / Part numbers:

  • Buttons:
    • Bally C-905 button
    • Gottlieb B-16680 button
    • Stern / Chicago Coin Machine 4B-200 button
  • Housings:
    • Bally C-904 housing
    • Gottlieb C-13900 bushing
    • Stern / Chicago Coin Machine 4B-199 housing

The Gottlieb BUSHING FOR DOUBLE PUSHBUTTON #B-21018 is not currently available; however, it should be possible to modify our buttons easily to replicate them. I’ll try to spend some time in the future to publish a how-to-modify here in this blog if there is interest.

These buttons are available in the following translucent colors:

  • Yellow,
  • Amber,
  • Orange,
  • Red,
  • Blue,
  • Green,
  • and Purple.

Additionally we’ve created some unique custom colors which should be of interest to the pinball community:

  • Clear
  • Teal,
  • and Smoke Black.

We also have some limited stock of:

  • Lime Green,
  • Smoke-Blue,
  • and Light Purple.

Colors are show below and should represent the colors available. Please Note:Keep in mind your monitor and my camera’s color balance will throw the colors off a bit from the actual product you receive so use these as an approximation of what will be shipped to you.



The Housings:





Both the Housings and Buttons are made out of PMMA (Acrylic) so they can be easily laser etched and paint filled like I did on my Original Bally Star Trek Restoration.

Please let us know if there is a color not represented here… or if you’d like to see some opaque colors made.

To buy a set for you Pinball Machine; please see the following product page:
http://pinball-mods.com/oscom/index.php/cPath/28

Bally Flipper Button Mod

I’d also like to call Attention to a product we’ve had on the website for a couple of months… The Bally Flipper Mod was designed by myself several years ago for the Bally Star Trek Restoration. Each PCB features 12 LEDs in either Red or Green and rotated the LEDs to simulate a rotating pattern. I’ve held off announcing them here because I wanted to get the companion buttons on the website so fellow Pinheads would have the option of buying them with the colored button of their choice – IE one stop shopping.

This Flipper button mod is available as a 2 PCB set and looks like this in Green:

Here are a couple of videos of the Red in action:

Green LEDs:

Please take a gander at our product page:
http://pinball-mods.com/oscom/product_info.php/products_id/5
for more information or to purchase this modification.

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Intel Edison: USB Storage Sled

I’ve been spending the last year or so playing with the Intel Arduino products – Namely the Intel Galileo and the Intel Edison. One of my projects the last few months has been Making a LinuxFromScratch Linux Kernel with full build tools, Xwindows, and QEMU running WinXP SP3. Included in this build is a XWindows software FrameBuffer w/ VNC capability; that way I can run a networked gui and do some GUI type work.

Chrome x86 running on Edison under XWindows

Chrome x86 running on Edison under XWindows

The Edison is cool because it’s just powerful enough to run WinXP under QEMU without any software emulation. While I wouldn’t call the Edision a speed demon – it should be good enough to allow printer drivers to function. The onboard storage for the Edison isn’t really big enough to run WinXP from the eMMC flash; so I opted to run a SSD attached to the USB2.0 port of the Edison. Edison runs as the “master”. The end goal of providing “always on” scanner and printer driver capabilities for my old HP all-in-one color laser and the ULS-25E laser cutter.

Windows XP SP3 running on Intel Edison

Windows XP SP3 running on Intel Edison

I also wanted to run a rotational drive .. to act as a swap space for both Linux and for the Winblows PageTable. To do this; I built a Microdrive FLEX to 44pin 2.5″ IDE adapter board and attached it to the Edison via a usb->ATA adapter. I verified all of this works with a usb hub.

With the concept proven; I set about generating a Intel Edison USB Storage Sled. This PCB provides power to the Edision and then connects up a 4port USB hub. This hub then serves the USB->SATA->mPCIe->Intel SSD, a USB->PATA->flexIDE Microdrive, and an extra device port. I set about putting the Sled in a SparkFun Edison Block compatible form factor early in the design phase. Clearly this much stuff on one board prevents me from adhering to the tiny formfactor; so I grew it in the X direction to 4.5″ wide and about 2.1″ tall. This board provides all the power to run the SSD and PATA interfaces. The board is 4 layers; due to USB2.0 routing requirements / impedance matching.

Why the Sparkfun Edison Block formfactor? Well simply put; I wanted to be able to expand the “system” with more features I don’t forsee at the moment. Example: I do not currently need an SDIO card on my Sled – honestly; I’m lazy and don’t want to route the pins. But; if later I need it – I can just buy Sparkfun’s Block and add it to the system.

I’m requesting comments / suggestions / peer reviews for the design; as a result I’m posting it here. The first 3pages of schematics are Licensed to you as Derivative works of Intel and Sparkfun. The last 3 pages and the PCB Layout are currently ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Copyright 2015 by John Zitterkopf. ATM; I’m thinking I’d release the final design under a TAPR/NCL license… but I haven’t committed to that yet.
Prototype Schematics / PCB Layout

In addition to the features above; I’ve designed in some USB Muxes to aid switching the Edison into Device or Host mode (similar to the Intel Edison Arduino board). I’ve also included the Lipo Battery charging circuit to provide a limited UPS type capability to the design incase of small power outages due to lightning or what not. Lastly; I added an I2C eeprom which can be programmed by the Edison for the USB to SATA bridge chip.

Update 8/28/2015:

Here are some pictures of the finished prototype:
Secondary/Edison Side

Primary/mSATA side

Feel free to leave a comment here (which will be reviewed by a human prior to posting) or provide comments in the various threads / project logs below:

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Rest In Piece, Mr Nimoy!

The passing of Leonard Nimoy @ 83 on Feb 27, 2015 made me want to do something special in honor of the legendary actor. I decided to give everyone ordered between his passing and 3/6 a 10% discount at my web store with matching 10% donation in memory of Mr Nimoy to the COPD Foundation. His family has asked us to do this instead of sending flowers.

This discount was site-wide; so applied to whatever I happened to have in stock. Items included:

With the sale over; I crunched the numbers and determined that the donation would have been $68.44; but I wanted to give a little more from my personal pocket book – adding another $20 to make it $88.44.

A PDF of the donation receipt is here:
Nimoy COPD DonationNimoy COPD Donation

Thanks to all my fellow #Pinball enthusiasts on Pinside for making this donation possible.

#RIP #LeonardNimoy

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Stern Star Trek: Warp Ramp LED Mod

One of the items that somewhat bugged me about my new Stern Star Trek LE Pinball machine, was the LED in the warp ramp popup insignia. Specifically; I always thought the two SMD red LED didn’t quite fit where it was placed in the machine.

Photo Credit: Kawydud@Pinside

Original LED in Popup. Photo Credit: Kawydud@Pinside

The plan was to “replace” the LED round lens with a laser cut lense which duplicated the artwork on the insignia’s plastic. To this I disassembled the plastic by removing the four screws… and took the plastic to my HP scanner where I scanned the art into my computer. Then using Corel Draw, I traced the Red Arrow from the plastic art:

Portions (c)2013 Stern Pinball

Scanned Plastic with New Arrow Art


I recreated the arrow using red; then added the black border around the plastic to block light and give a round area to mount the new LED. Once I had the recreated arrow; I broke it into two laser cut pieces. One would be cut out of the matte/diffused Red acrylic which was used on the Stern Star Trek Pop Undercaps. The second would be cut out of 1/8″ opaque black acrylic – this piece serving as an outline for the red piece and support from the LED.

I took these files to Techshop.ws where I laser cut several of each piece for experimentation later at home. Once the laser cutting was complete; I used the black cad files to laser etch some 1/4″ plywood to act as an assembling aid/surface. When I got home; I used the plywood and some wooden toothpicks to clamp the two pieces together:

Acrylic Clamping

Acrylic Pieces Clamped for Bonding


With the pieces together; I used some acrylic bonding solvent to glue the two pieces together. I let the acrylic bond overnight.

The next afternoon; My Comet Pinball Red LEDs had not come in the mail – so I decided to go ahead and use the original LED for experimentation. I cut the round lens off the original LED using a new XACTO knife and then using some two part 5minute epoxy; I glued the lamp to the new lense:

LED Clamping

LED Clamped to new LENS w/ 5minute Epoxy

I allowed the epoxy to cure for about an hour. I then reinstalled the plastics and the new LED assembly:

LED Clamping

Warp Arrow LED Installed

I’m really quite happy with the way this turned out. It defiantly spruces up the warp assembly.

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Stern Star Trek: Comprehensive Mod List

With the help of the Pinheads at Pinside; I’m attempting to put in one place; a comprehensive list of Stern Star Trek Mods. Ground rules are as follows:

  1. The Mod must be unique for the Star Trek machines: Pro, Premium, or LE. General Stern mods are not allowed.
  2. Mods are sorted by assigned category alphabetically – then by Price ascending (not including shipping). No special treatment will be given to any vendor.
  3. Mod Name should be descriptive and will link directly to manufacturer’s site first; in the absence of that the Primary distributor.
  4. “corrective” mods are not allowed; use this Thread:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-star-trek-summary-of-fixes
  5. Where possible; Original Pinside thread / announcement should be included.
  6. If the mod is specific to a particular flavor of machine; it must be noted.
  7. Mods the cease manufacturing and are permanently out of stock may be removed from list without warning.
  8. Mods must be accurate to the JJAbrams universe.

Additional rules or changes to the rules may be added as the community provides feedback.

Manufacturer’s are free to request addition, provide corrective input, or request to be removed from this comprehensive list. Suggestions to improve this list are welcome. Post here or by private IM.

For the moment; this list is a living shared spreadsheet on a google drive. Only I have editing rights; for the time being. Eventually I’d like to figure out a way to post this list here in the thread for easier first pass glance.

Spreadsheet is here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2nkk3mbCcFQMDFicU5Ram9zM3M/view

At the moment – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Category Item Lowest Cost Pinside Thread Notes
Art Vengeance Spring Cover 10 Thread Pro Only
Art Blue Sling Covers 20
Art Pop Bumper Mod 26 Thread
Art Star Trek Lockdown plate 40 ?Pro Only?
Art Star Trek Pinblades 65 Thread
Art Star Trek PopCaps 71.52 Thread
Art Micro Display Mod 124 Thread
Art ALT Translite & decals 175 Thread
Art Metal Apron 225 Pro only
Art Lasercut hinges and siderails out of stock ($155) Pro Only
Lighting Vengeance Nacelle Mod 2.36 Thread
Lighting Dome Flash Covers 9
Lighting Warp Ramp Light Defuser 15 Thread
Lighting Vengeance Visor 18.95
Lighting Vengeance Dress Kit 20
Lighting Speaker Panel Spacers 24 LE only
Lighting Warp Ramp Chase Lights 25 Pro Only
Lighting Vengeance Explosion 27 Thread
Lighting Vengeance Drop Target 30
Lighting Nebula Lighting Mod 65 Thread
Lighting Interactive Vengeance 75 Thread
Lighting Backbox LED Kit 255
Lighting Blackout Mod soldout Thread
Mechanical ColorDMD Adapter 18
Mechanical ColorDMD Adapter 38.22 Thread
Toy USS Kelvin 0
Toy Klingon ship 60
Toy Klingon ship 90 Thread
Toy Enterprise ship 155 Pro only
Toy Enterprise ship 175 Pro only
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Announce: Data East DMD and Sound Cables

Announcing immediate availability of better-than-NOS (new old stock) Data East ribbon cables. This cable set includes gold connectors with integrated strain relief and pull tabs. Each cable receives 100% electrical test (e-test) after assembly here in the USA for Pinball-Mods.com.

The Sound cable is a 39inch ribbon cable with 20pin 0.100″ pitch connectors. It can be purchased here:
/oscom/product_info.php/cPath/28/products_id/34
Possible OEM part numbers include:

  • 5795-10703-40
  • 036-5000-40

The DMD cable is a 49inch ribbon cable with 26pin 0.100″ pitch gold connectors. It can be purchased here:
/oscom/product_info.php/cPath/28/products_id/35
Possible OEM part numbers include:

  • 5795-10938-48
  • 036-5001-48

Works with all 128×16 DMDs contained in the following games:

  • Checkpoint (2/91),
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (6/91),
  • Batman (8/91),
  • Star Trek 25th Anniversary (9/91),
  • Hook (5/92)
  • Guns N’ Roses (7/94)

Suspected to work in All Data East games after Laser War(3/87) based upon Schematic examination. This includes the alphanumeric displays, the large 128×32 DMDs, and the huge 128×64 DMD. Cable length may be the only issue – if in doubt; measure your existing cable. This includes:

  • Secret Service (2/88)
  • Torpedo Alley (8/88)
  • Time Machine (11/88)
  • Playboy 35th Anniversary (5/89)
  • ABC Monday Night Football (9/89)
  • Robocop (01/90)
  • Phantom of the Opera (4/90)
  • Back to the Future (6/90)
  • The Simpsons (10/90)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (8/92)
  • Star Wars (12/92)
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle (2/93)
  • Jurassic Park (6/93)
  • Last Action Hero (10/93)
  • Tales from the Crypt (12/93)
  • The Who’s Tommy (1/94)
  • WWF Royal Rumble (5/94)
  • Maverick (10/94)
  • Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (1/95)
  • Baywatch (2/95)
  • Batman Forever (7/95)
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Stern Star Trek Pop Bumper Caps

I’m happy to announce a New Product which is available in our Online store. Immediate availability of these custom CNCed aluminum Pop Bumper caps for your Stern Star Trek pinball machine.  Fits the Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) machines. Comes as a set of three different caps featuring the Science, Command, and Engineering Insignias from the JJAbrams Star Trek Universe. Each Cap is CNCed out of T6061 Aluminum, anodized black, and then etched for the raised silver Insignia.
Pop Caps

Additionally, these caps come with a set of laser cut acrylic UnderCaps in a double-sided Matte finish to help diffuse the LED light. Several pre-configured options exist to help customize you installation of these caps.

*** This design is Copy Protected 2014 by John Zitterkopf and may not be duplicated for any reason. ALL RIGHT RESERVED! ***

Installation Instructions are provided here as a guildline for installing these pop caps.

Example Installation:
SSTPBCDSC_0504



For ordering information; please see:
/oscom/product_info.php/products_id/31

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Xorg server on video-less NAS

Random notes while trying to compile Xorg (X-Windows) on a ARM NAS. Following recipe at:

Beyond Linux From Scratch (Version 2014-11-19)

The NAS box has no video harware; so I want a software rasterizer (swrast).

Step MesaLib-10.3.3 :

No video hardware won’t allow the default configure to work. Tried:

./autogen.sh CFLAGS="-O2" CXXFLAGS="-O2" --prefix=$XORG_PREFIX \
--sysconfdir=/etc --enable-texture-float --enable-gbm \
--enable-glx-tls --with-egl-platforms="x11" \
--with-gallium-drivers="swrast,svga" --enable-sysfs \
--with-dri-drivers=swrast --enable-osmesa --enable-xa \
--enable-gbm

I think I also had to go in a remove all i815, i865 referenced in configure.ac. This was done to avoid dependency on intel_drm which wouldn’t compile or be installed on my box.

Step Xorg-Server-1.16.2 :

Default configure options wouldn’t allow the server to compile. Complained about package ‘gl’ and ‘dri’ missing… likely because of the Mesa lib hoops I had to jump thru. The following allows ./configure to pass… make is in progress:

./configure $XORG_CONFIG --with-xkb-output=/var/lib/xkb \
--enable-dmx --enable-suid-wrapper --enable-install-setuid \
--disable-glx  --enable-xvfb --disable-dri

Had to patch os/log.c as my NAS’ GCC was too old.

End goal is to boot a minimal windows manager so I can run google Chrome browser and Google Cloudprint. Also as a learning for doing this on an Intel Edison board which also lacks video.

EOL

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Custom Buttons & Housings (Early Bally, Gottlieb, Stern, Chicago Coin)

My Shapeway’s store should be open to purchase early SS or late EM buttons and housings. You can visit the store at:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/Pinball-Mods

You can buy in single button / housing configurations or in pairs allowing you to configure the colors as you want. The buttons work interchangeably with the original housings and vice-versa. At the moment; I have 13 color and/or materials available:

Blue nylon
Purple Nylon
Pink Nylon
Yellow Nylon
Green Nylon
Orange Nylon
Matte Black Nylon
Smooth Black
Polished Metallic Plastic
Grey Nylon /w metallic sparkle
Translucent clear
Matte Translucent clear
Matte Frosted Translucent Clear

I do not offer White or Red Opaque buttons in the store as they come much cheaper from PBR or Marco. I understand the prices are high; it’s what Shapeways’ charges for the material. I guess it’s the cost of customization.

At this point; I offer the following part numbers at the shop:

  • Buttons:
    • Bally C-905 button
    • Gottlieb B-16680 button
    • Stern / Chicago Coin Machine 4B-200 button
  • Housings:
    • Bally C-904 housing
    • Gottlieb C-13900 bushing
    • Stern / Chicago Coin Machine 4B-199 housing
    • Gottlieb BUSHING FOR DOUBLE PUSHBUTTON #B-21018

Here’s some pictures I took of the housing in polished metallic plastic and the button in frosted detail:

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Chicago Dynamic Industries Sound Card (EM Gun Games)

A fellow Arcade collector sent me this Private Message a few months ago on the KLOV forums:

I’ve got an old EM Chicago Coin “Shoot Out” gun game. Works great, but came without the sound PCB that generates the gunshot sound. They also made a “Coney Island” game that used the same sound PCB, but I’ve been searching for ~5 to 6 years for a used board with no success.

The problem with the soundcard is it used older End-Of-Lifed (EOL) transistors that can’t be easily found. I offered to help him design a PCB and BOM which would duplicate the sound and provide a “modernized” BOM which could be ordered off Digikey.com. He reported back that after some rework to the pinout; the card worked as expected. As a result; I’ve incorporated the rework (ie corrected the design)… and have provided the materials here for the public to duplicate and use for any older machines which are missing (or has a non-functional board) the EM Gun Soundcard used in these games.

The major changes to this board vs the original are as follows:

  1. The PCB is double sided with large ground plans to aid in noise reduction.
  2. Additional caps are placed on IC1 (LM380) and the Zener diode regulators to help improve the immunity of the circuit to noise. CIC1, C22, C23 – all .01uf.
  3. PCB’s has both a top and bottom silk screen:
    1. Top has values and reference designators to aid in assembly and debug.
    2. Bottom has used edge fingers labeled as well as the legs of the transistors; again for debug.
  4. All transistors were replaced with 2N3904 NPN transistors which are very much still in use today. The single PNP was replaced with the 2N3906.
  5. Test points for the 18V, 12V, 9.1V, and ground rails are provided for easily troubleshooting the voltages on the sound board.
  6. LEDs provided for the 12VAC and 30VAC lines coming into the sound card. Again quick glance that there is at least some voltage going into the sound board.
  7. Although not needed in a real game; two mounting screw holes are needed if you have a non-standard installation.

I’ve decided release this design to the public under the TAPR Non-Commercial Open Hardware License which indicates:

You may make products based upon this design, provided you do not make more than ten units in any twelve month period for your personal use.

If you agree with the license terms; Schematics and BOM lists are posted here under TAPR/NCL license:
Rifle 444-310 Soundboard Package

Ordering should be easy: https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/6GKvZu4s
The boards are $67-ish for a set of 3 PCBs… and they are high quality. Gold plated fingers, two layer, silkscreen on both sides. It’s the cost of doing prototypes. OSHPark usually get the PCBs back to you in about 2 weeks.

BOM Cost from Digikey came to a WHOPPING $17 for one board. My advice is to take the BOM and multiply it by 3 in Excel or some other spreadsheet app. It’s usually cheaper to by 50 or so of the resistors. IE in one qty; they are 8cents… in 50s they are > 3cents. I usually buy 50-100 of each; just so I have them around when I prototype on breadboards and such.

The PCB is very compact; it was done this way to save on the prototype PCB sq inches cost. If you find some of your components are tight; you might try laying them similar to this:
http://pcb.bastl.sk/?page_id=50

Here’s a picture of the assembled board:

Rifle Ricochet sounds w/ AMP Fab B assembled

Rifle Ricochet sounds w/ AMP Fab B assembled

Hope this helps the EM Gun collectors out there. If it does… please drop me a comment letting me know it’s done some good!

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