Thursday, July 6, 2017

It's all the mind

The progress as of lately has been mostly theoretical and the new PCB has been untouched.

Been really busy with life in general while the machine has been thoroughly playtested during parties, birthdays and integrity checked by my kids. It holds up, mostly, but there are weird bugs that I believe cannot be fixed in the current state. Weird stuff happens and cross-circuit spikes cause things to trigger wrongfully and what not, and for some reason you can sometimes no longer drain the ball when you're on the second ball. This occurs at random, and when it happens totally unrelated buttons stop working, such as the Start-button, and the debug mode for the lights starts etc. Wiring is alright, but as I wrote, I believe cross-talk or voltage spikes are to blame.

I'm looking forward to four sweet weeks of uninterrupted work on the machine, which is when the new motherboard will be transplanted. Hopefully everything checks out and I can finish up the new wiring as well. Really looking forward to tidying up everything, getting the new code and video in place and get on with actual game programming!

Thoughts for another day;
Thinking about making the playfield artwork brighter, possibly remaking the artwork. But that'll be done once this playfield has gone fubar.

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