Southern Fried Gameroom Expo and Virtual Pinball

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo _ June 10-12, 2016

I had a great time with friends at the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo 2016 this last weekend. The new hotel worked well and still leaves room for future growth. Over the course of the weekend, and the week before I was able to gather a few more things to get some games working. I was able to get a few “super rings” flipper rubber replacements which … Continue reading

Dolly – she’s coming to life

The continuing saga of the Dolly Parton pinball machine… I bought an Alltek MPU which arrived last week.  Immediately I swapped the old MPU out, and with fingers crossed I turned on the power… (baited breath inserted here) The game scores, and plays – but the feature lights aren’t working… darn it! (something else inserted here). After reaching out to GAPAS ( with requests for ideas, … Continue reading

What a great weekend – SFGE

What an exciting event and fun time the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo was this past weekend. The herculean effort involved in putting on a 3 day game centric expo is staggering.  Space for hundreds of pinball machines and video games, as well as the con-current IFPA pinball tournament. Break out rooms for special guests like Richie Knucklez, Billy Mitchel (who was actually a great person despite … Continue reading

Mentally There… and my ongoing Arcade Repair

I’m now terribly happy I put together this blog. After trying so hard with the Dolly MPU board and being so annoyed at the dramatic failure my efforts returned I found I was not in the mood to work on my machines for a few days. Then I got distracted and a few days became a few months.  And this is where my happiness starts … Continue reading

Dolly – why won’t your switches work for me? – aka the Bally Pinball switch matrix

MPU Pre-Cleaning

I have been trying to figure out how to address the Bally switch matrix.  I have found (as I have recorded on my issue tracker) that I have 8 switches that aren’t responding.  I looked up how to build the visual diagram of the switch matrix – a grid of 5 columns, and 8 rows.  The first column (0/zero) has switches 1-8, the second column … Continue reading