Bingo pinballs

Created on 07-05-2015


Sirmo Magic Dixieland…


OK, this reads bottom-to-top and Scott was able to clear his Error Codes


From Scott Restmeyer

Jan 9, 2014

To Danny Leach


No problem. That's exactly what helped me to get as far as I have. Let me start by saying I am new to this field. This is only my 3rd machine. The first one was only changing the rubbers, replacing bulbs and cleaning the machine, so it's really just my second. This one is a mix of understanding the manual, which was translated from Belgian, and some simple first steps


The first thing I did was check the fuses. They all checked out.


Same with the battery pack. No signs of leakage and the voltage was good (3.6V as it was marked).


I then looked the machine over for any damaged wires. I found a ribbon cable that was damaged from being pinched by the front panel. I tested it for continuity (I actually used my DMM and tested the resistance of each wire between the connectors). The cable tested OK so I taped the exposed wire to protect it until I can replace it later.


Next, I unplugged each connector (carefully) and inspected the pins for oxidation, then plugged them back in. Sometimes just the action of unplugging and plugging in a connector can clean off any oxidation that has built up when sitting unused.


All the time I was doing this I would see subtle changes in the machine (mainly in the displays).


I would also keep going back to the manual to read it. Every time I did so I was able to find something new. I eventually found how to to a system reset. When I did that the machine seemed to really come around. Including the security alarm, which wasn't working before.


And that's pretty much where I am stuck right now. The game boots up and goes into attract mode. It updates and stores credits, but I can't get it to start a game when I press the START button.


So now I am back to studying the manual to better understand what the process is for starting a game. I don't know if there are a series of selections I need to do before the game will start.


What makes this more difficult is the lack of documentation. There are pretty much no schematics and the PCBs don't even have reference designators for the components.


I'll keep plugging away at it. I am far from giving up on this one.


If you know of a better way of approaching this, please let me know. I am always interested in doing thing easier and safer.


Thanks again,





thank you,

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:09 AM, Scott Restmeyer <sarestmeyer@> wrote:


Thanks. I actually made pretty good progress yesterday. I was able to clear all the errors and get it into "attract" mode with the security alarm working properly. It accepts bills and stores credits but the start button does nothing. So, I will now look at the ball sensors to see if they are working ok. I am feeling pretty positive about it right now. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again for the links.






On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:11 AM, Scott Restmeyer <sarestmeyer@> wrote:

Hi Danny,

Happy new year to you as well.

Thanks for responding so quickly. I will definitely take a look at those links you sent. I forgot to mention that the machine came with a Magic Continental manual that was translated from Belgian to English so it can be tricky to understand. After I contacted you, I did find the RESET ALL procedure. So now I can get the machine to boot up but not to play. As long as I can make progress I'm at least going in the right direction.


Thanks again.





My name is Scott. I'm hoping you can help me with a Magic-Dixieland bingo pinball I just picked up.

It powers up with a single beep. And after it flashes HELP and 06 it hangs with:







When the coin door is opened the displays change to:






I hope this makes sense to you since almost everything I have been finding seems to lead back to you.


Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. If you have any questions, or need more info, please let me know.





 So, now we know`


Magic Continental and Magic Dixieland are very similar`




Caution: Scott did record the limital codes when he first contacted me and they changed-up`

We lost a few days chasing problems, so keep good track of what is going on – One step at a time`