Created on 6-15-2010 - Last Updated 7-15-2010
~ The question of the motors seeming to run continuously on the bingos is often raised by the newer first-time owners ~
Do the motors always run on these
that unless the game is tilted the motors continue to run.
Seems hard on the motors.....must be durable. Also, what is a reflex
unit.....does it keep things random????
The Reflex unit is indeed a 'randomizer'.
Now for the Bally bingos it’s true that the motors tend to run most of the time, and the Old Bingers will tell you that this is part of the
allure of these games! Kind of like listening to the older scratchy record albums vs. a CD.
~ More importantly, this fact can help trouble-shoot and diagnose Bingos that are dead or of limit function ~
~ When you ask someone for help fixing your machine, this is going to be one of the first questions they ask you ~
When you first plug in the machine and turn it on, it’s dead until you deposit a coin or play a credit and the start relay is powered and the bingos begin what
Bally referred to as a spin cycle. If there are credits on the replay register, the replay reset relay powers when the game is turned on because the anti-cheat
relay is unpowered. That causes the motors to power and a 16 pulse cam switch causes the replay register to decrement to zero. Once the register is zero,
the motors may turn off again...depends on the position of the timer unit. when a coin/credit is played (credits added with a kumbbackey is the only standard
way when a game
resets replay register at power-on), then the timer unit is reset and the
motors turn on.
Either way, the machine begins what is known as the start cycle where it closes the start relay and then resets and/or spins the timer cams and mixers,
where the spotting wipers are all released. The timer cam rotation is periodically stopped by the drag arms, but eventually the timer cams rotate enough
to allow the spotting wipers and mixers to lock in. While the spotting wipers are rotating, lights are flashing on the backglass. The position where the spotting
wipers stop often determines what circuits will get 50V passed through to them on this spin cycle. Depending on a bunch of other factors - like the mixers and
current positions of various steppers - the 50V works its way through and powers step-up coils or trip relay coils to award features or increase odds. The reflex
unit is nudged another little bit toward it's reset position, thus increasing the chance of the 50V mentioned above making it through all the units to the coils.
The purpose of the Reflex Unit is straight-forward – After credits are won, this tightens up the machine making it harder to win the next time by
limiting the odds and features extended to the player.
For the United bingos I really am not too sure – It would be great for someone to describe the start sequence for us please?
~ Now we are kind of starved for United photos too, so please send some in if you can – Especially Internals ~
I just looked, and as of this morning these United bingos didn’t have Internals posted:
~ A quick look through my archive helps plug these gaps ~
~ Brazil ~
~ Circus ~
~ Circus ~
~ Triple Play ~
~ Triple Play ~
~ Unknown ~
~ I look forward to hearing from the United owners – Thank you! ~
~ Bingo Short-Stories – The Bally Spin Cycle ~
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