5/23/2016, Rewiring SS3 One more Time

So I decided I was going to rewire the SS3 playfield from first generation cards to Gen2 cards.  Turns out it is going to remove even more wiring from the bottom of the playfield.  (First gen cards needed two communication channels:  a 5V RS232 serial channel for talking to the solenoid/input cards, and a 5V SPI channel for talking to the incandescent boards.)  In Gen2, both of these channels have been combined, so a single communication channel talks to all the cards.  That mean less wiring.  Yeah!  Communication on Gen2 cards uses a ribbon cable so no more crimping 12 individual connections between incandescent boards.  Yeah!  Cards are twice as dense, and are located at different spots, so some of the wires need to be moved, extended, etc.  Booo!  I’ve already rewired this playfield once, so it is really boring work.  Boo!  (Now I’m just whining).  I’m 25% of the way through the rewiring, and I’m just not looking forward to it.  Oh well, I will keep slogging along at that.

While taking apart the connectors, I did find a bad crimp in the incandescent board communication channel.  That explains why I was having problems when taking the videos just before the Kickstarter campaign.

Going through my inventory of parts I have laying in my work area, I have enough parts to finish four packages of board only supporters for the Kickstarter people.  The rest of the boards and parts will need to wait until I receive the last two parts.  (Strangely, the only parts that I don’t have are the 40 pin 100 mil headers, and the 2 x 40 pin 100 mil headers).  Those parts should be coming in the next couple of weeks because they are coming directly from China.

So I got a note from a guy in England who bought a PSOC 4200 board, programmed the OPP firmware on it himself, and is currently running MPF and the OPP firmware.  I am completely flabbergasted that he was able to download the repository, and get all this working without an email message to me.  Congratulations.  His blog is schoolpinball.wordpress.com.

Joe finished the LE sticker for the Kickstarter.  I’ll be ordering those sometime during the week, so I can send out those stickers to the supporters that requested them.  (Yeah, it was only Don and Jeff from The Pinball Podcast.)  They told me I didn’t need to send them anything, but well, I did promise it on the Kickstarter, so I will be buying a single sheet of those stickers, (I think that is 4 stickers), and send them out.

That’s about all I have for today.

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