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Posts posted by kbueno

  1. On 1/12/2021 at 5:18 PM, lucky1 said:

    A problem with the SD card ?

    hi lucky1,

    it seems to me that it's not a problem with the SD card.  I believe that if it were something related to the SD card, in the "display vid" menu it would appear as a "not activated" display as it would not recognize the display activation key.  but it is recognizing the activation key normally found inside the sd card.  so I think it’s not a problem with the SD card.  

    what i realized is that with this colorization i managed to make it work only once.  but it seems to me that the display does not recognize the correct sequence to use this colorization.  

    if you watch in my video I turn on my realpin and the pin2dmd display takes a while to turn on compared to the pin2dmd on other machines, like baywatch, and when it turns on, it appears with the correct sequence for coloring the batman soon he gives a brief  reset and returns to another sequence that is not the correct sequence for using Batman's coloring.  

    what could it be?  can you use this colorization in your realpin normally?  should it work?  

    please let me know if you have any ideas about this.  





  2. On 10/16/2020 at 3:04 AM, lucky1 said:

    Why don´t you just try it ?

    hello lucky1,

    I did the test with the coloring and when I put the files of this coloring I realized that I have to change the RGB sequence to the right side red square and the last white square.  in this case, it works correctly.  

    it happens that, when restarting the machine the rgb sequence is undone even if I save after changing the sequence.  and the colorization is inadequate.  

    I tried to save countless times but when restarting the machine the problem persists.  

    what can be in this case?

  3. Hi,

    just a question...

     when I place the 4-color palette files on the SD card provided in this link , I rename it to pin2dmd.pal.  but when I configure for a realpin the PIN2DMD is in the colorprism 3.16 image. 

    when I remove the 4-color palette file from the SD card, the display goes back to work and I noticed that the manufacturer I configured again reappears. 

    I tried to configure the manufacturer in the display settings again with the 4-color palette file on the SD card and the image keeps it in the same place (colorprism 3.16).  On my sd card it has only the files: activation key,  .dat file (automatically generated) and pin2dmd.pal (4 color palettes).

    For virtual pinball with the altcolor folder I don't have this problem. 

    Has anyone ever experienced this?



  4. On 10/2/2020 at 1:15 AM, lucky1 said:

    I don´t think the 18V is the problem, but on Sega games the 5V is often very bad and is critical. If it is below only a little the Sega display controller will reset constantly.
    That is why I asked you to measure the 5V at the connector to the Sega display controller.

    The activation key will be the same like before when you reinstall the XL software.

    The problem is not about voltages but about signal quality. A plasma display displays what it gets no matter if the signal quality is bad or good. PIN2DMD needs a good signal quality to process the images. 

    Hi Lucky1,

    I came to give you the result of my experience and the final stage of testing my XL display.  

    I will report what I did and the difficulties I encountered during the installation.  

    first I want to thank Lucky1 for all their patience and support in helping to solve the problem and the colleagues who expressed it to the forum.  

    I performed the installation from the beginning again, passed the firmware slowly from the beginning and some steps seem to have identified that it could be one of the problems.  

    The file pin2dmd_xl.upd I renamed it to pin2dmd.upd and I believe that this was one of the factors that caused the problem in the installation of my display in the first moment.  

    the correct thing is to use it the way it is.  another problem that I identified was that when I put a color file like the one available on some sites like maverick.pal I had problems with the display.  

    the blue signal that flashes that I believe is a data signal was static and when I removed this file the blue light flashed steadily, showing that the display was responding to the data signal and the animations appeared on the screen.  

    with this, I was able to make it work with the 18+ machine board connector itself, but MSF seemed to get stuck or fluctuating, I will still do tests with a separate source to see if it will solve the problem.  

    but I'm already very happy with the result and knowing that the cards are working.

    very grateful for your support.

  5. the pin2dmd 128x32 I don’t have in the city I am in at the moment, but soon there will be some leds I will have some to do the test.  but it’s an interesting idea.  

    Anyway, if this could be related to the realpin power supply that I thought I had already discarded because the display turned on only that it was stuck on the PIN2DMD logo, so I didn’t measure the 5v amperage, but today I will do  the test with an external 12v 5A source to answer this question.  

    if it’s a problem with the realpin’s feed I’ll be able to find out and discard this.  but if that doesn’t solve, I’ll also do the procedure of reinstalling the firmware and all the configuration from the beginning and use the external source itself to check if this is not the problem.  

    I will perform the procedure and post the result.  

    just a question ... if i do the procedure in dfuse will i lose the activation key? 

    because the plasma display would work and pin2dmd wouldn’t, I’m sorry but I didn’t understand why this reason.  Aren't they basically the same connections and voltages?  

    thank you very much for the lucky1 effort and apologize for any inconvenience.  

    and I hope that today I can solve it.  

    I'm really hoping this will end well.  

    thank you

  6. 2 hours ago, lucky1 said:

    My Batman Forever is running V3.15 without a problem, so the only thing that might be is that you have a corrupted download. Put the V3.15 Update file on the SD to write it again, but I don´t think that fixes your problem. Do you have another 128x32 machine you can test with ?

    Here is a picture of my installation. Maybe you can spot a difference.


    Thanks for the photo lucky1,

    I am currently without machines with 128x32 display in my house to test. They are in space for games in another city.
    What I don't understand is why the plasma display works and pin2dmd doesn't work. I can't understand it.
    The installation looks ok to me.
    Is power supply one of the factors that can also be, or can I already eliminate this hypothesis, because it is being fed and the PIN2DMD logo appears?
    Today I'm going to do the tests by restarting the firmware.

  7. thanks for returning lucky1,

    yes after I reset the display menu settings I went to the save option to complete the procedure.  

    unfortunately i won't be able to test on an date east.

    I am testing 3 different displays from the same batch, one on each MSF, Maverick and BAtman machine and all basically had the same problem.  

    I really don't know what else to do, do you think that if I reinstall the firmware from the beginning or even try a previous version it might not work?

  8. 6 hours ago, lucky1 said:


    I'm sorry lucky1,

    I forgot the gnd in the previous video.  my head caught trying to solve.  

     I did new tests and without success.  

    I did the reset config (onscreen menu) and with the ribbon cable turned to the correct side (red side in j2), the display was connected with the logo but without success.  

    I did the test with gnd connected together and the display on one of the display boards it seems to me that pins 10 and 9 did not work.  the rest were ok. 

     the video was accidentally recorded in half, but I tested all of the pins flat conector and all the others worked except for pins 10 and 9, as shown in the video. what can that be?

    what else could i try.



  9. ok lucky1, 

    i will do what you said directly through the display menu.  and if it doesn't resolve do you think it is necessary to do a new installation of the files from the beginning from the dfu mode or from what you see in the video do you think that the installation from the beginning would not be necessary?  

    just one question, are the connections correct?  the flat red side cable directed to j2 even if there is no image when turning on the machine, would that be the correct side?  

    do you think it is a matter of installing firmware and configuration and not some problem related to display data?  

    because MSF and maverick are different displays and I have the same problem with the installation and since the configuration of the 128x32 models I never had this type of problem.  This is what I find strange, because the configuration of the SD card is standard for both displays, changing only the .dfu and .upd files that refers to the XL model, and I see no difficulty in that, it seems to me calm and that is not it.  

    my doubt would be the physical installation, but if it is in the right way, it does not seem to be something of the SD card.  but I’ll do what you’ve told me to do and let you know later.  do you think there may be a problem on the display where it is not receiving data from the machine?  is there a practical test to verify that everything is correct?  

    sorry for the inconvenience but i would just like to understand why this is happening and the cause of it, as the standard 128x32 models are in full operation.

  10. 7 hours ago, lucky1 said:

    That indicates that the display power is not the issue. With loosing the image you mean that the pin2dmd image is replaced by a clear screen with no content ?

    That would indicate that the signal clock is received but no data is coming from the Sega display controller. Are you sure that the orientation of the cable coming from the SEGA MPU Board  to the display controller is correct ? Some pictures of your installation would help. 

    Hi lucky1,

    I attached some videos that are on the link on google drive.  

    video one refers to the video where when I turn on the machine the PIN2DMD logo goes off.  

    The second video I inverted the flat cable connections and the PIN2DMD logo remained on, but even when starting the machine the logo freezes on PIN2DMD.

    as you can see the original MSF display works perfectly, but the PIN2DMD is stuck on the logo also attached a video of the original display and as you can see the original MSF display works perfectly.

    After several attempts with MSF I did the test with it without the coloring files and tried to save the device mode again for SEGA 192X64 and pallete for red.  I restarted and tried again, but to no avail.  The display was frozen in the PIN2DMD logo and with colorprism 3.15 and the device mode configuration no longer appears, even saving the settings.

     here are some pictures of my installation.  let me know what i might be doing wrong.

    just to clarify, the ribbon flat cable when connected to the red side directed at J2 it appears PIN2DMD logo and immediately afterwards the image erases.  and when the cable is inverted the red side to the opposite side the display is only on the PIN2DMD logo.  The image of the connections refers to the photos already with an inverted cable, as directed.  but I imagine that the other way would be the right way.  red side directed at J2.

    Edit: I just did a test of another XL display on a Maverick and the same problem.  I have the PIN2DMD logo frozen during the game.  I also attached a video of it.

     I made a demonstration video inverting the Maverick flat cable to clarify what I am saying.

    Where am I going wrong with the installation? 😭😭😭

    thank you.




  11. 1 hour ago, dzorbas said:

    Why would you want to run additional wires when the power supply wire is already there? The adapter I built does the same as soldering a bridge between pins 2 and 3 on the EVO board. Or you could take a short wire and jump pins 2 and 3 on the back of the original connector (see image below, green line). You could do this as a temporary solution just for testing. The idea is to avoid splicing new wires into the game.

    If you are getting the logo when you are first turning on the game, then the display is getting power from somewhere. If nothing else is happening after that, you should check the flat ribbon cable coming from the display driver board and make sure you have it plugged in correctly. You may have it reversed.



    Perfect dzorbas, thanks for your guidance!

    In reality, the display already has the SD card with the coloring files made by malenko. But as I said, I only receive the signal from the PIN2DMD logo and soon I lose the image.
    I will do the test of alternating the flat cable to see if it can solve the problem.
    I thought about using 12v as an alternative to solve my problem, but from what you're telling me, it doesn't seem to be a problem of poor nutrition.
    My question was because the MSF card seems to me the original connectors are 5v and the PIN2DMD connection is 18v.
    So I thought that would be my problem.
    But as I see the guidelines, the connections are correct and maybe I need this jumper to solve my problem, but it would not be mandatory for the operation.
    I need to check more if this is more of a flat cable issue or something.


    9 minutes ago, lucky1 said:

    If you get the pin2dmd logo the power should be fine . Then there is a different problem.

    Maybe the SEGA Display Controller is not working. or your 5V for the SEGA Display Controller is too low.

    Which device mode did you set ? Should be in SEGA 192x 64 mode.

    Lucky1, thank you very much for returning.

    The display is activated and configured for SEGA 192X64
    and with the coloring files on the sd card provided by malenko. (pin2dmd.pal / pin2dmd.fsq)

    How can I check if there is a problem with the SEGA Display Controller? Is it necessary to do a 5v test while it is running?
    The old display was working.

  12. 38 minutes ago, lucky1 said:

    You can also put a solder bridge between the 2 Ground Pins in the middle of the connector. The latest version of the XL pcb on pcbway has that modification already.

    My Batman Forever is running powered by 18V of the original connector without a problem.

    ok, lucky1.  

    let me see if I understood...

    for the 18v to work and i can use the original whip from MSF do i need to disassemble the led panel and make a solder bridge between the 2 grounding pins in the middle of the connector shown in the pictures below?  

    otherwise it will not work, would it be?  or should it be working with the original whip in the photo?  because the display lit up the logo PIN2DMD and gave no more image ... could it be this welding bridge problem that is needed....

    if I want to use the alternative of using the 12v display directly from the MSF Power supply, instead of the 18v to avoid having to disassemble it for welding, can I pull the 12v and the gnd according to the diagram below?




  13. On 9/21/2020 at 2:06 AM, lucky1 said:


    Luck1, thanks for your reply! it was a dll problem.

    I'm currently trying to connect the display to a realpin, specifically to an MSF and I'm not getting an image.
    I connected the original display harness to the 18+ connector on the EVO board, but to no avail.

    I had a brief image of the PIN2DMD logo and deleted it and had no more image.

    Would there be a specific place where I need to pull the power suplly or would this be the way?

    I read in some forums something related to 5v, but the EVO model XL seems to me that there are no 5v connections, only on the power board of the realpin display.

    I posted this information and the diagram in this other post.

    Please let me know if you can help me.  your guidance is much appreciated




  14. Hi,

    would any of you have a picture of where I can pull the 18v and GND power for Frankstein?  

    would it be the same as baywatch?  

    would have a picture of the pcb from which it could be pulled  on the pin2dmd website I found some examples of where to get power on models of other boards, but it seems to me that this one I haven't found anywhere.  

    And the installation videos for the pin2dmd model XL that I found are all from the old version, which already had a 12v power supply attached to the display.  

    this makes it difficult to pull the power from the XL EVO models.  

    Can you help me?  I'm sorry for the inconvenience again.


  15. Hi,

    I recently received my PIN2DMD model XL boards and I have little doubts.  can you help me?  

    I tried to test the operation of this model in device mode in "virtual pinball" but I was unable to make it work.  

    I would like to see the operation of the titles in which the display is of this model in a vpin, but I have not found anyone who has done this.  

    my other doubt 3 regarding the btn2 button.  In one of my displays, I can't use it to select what I want in the display settings.  

    Has anyone ever experienced this?


  16. On 9/16/2020 at 2:12 AM, lucky1 said:

    There is absolutely no need to connect the computer to  the real pin. You only connect the pin2dmd evo to the SAM CPU using the sidechannel cable.

    Patch the original firmware by running the macro you received from _J_M . You need a registered version of pinballbrowser to do that. When you run the macro
    you are asked to enter your pinball serial number , which is printed on the sticker on the back of the cabinet.

    Create the pin2dmd.pal with pin2dmd editor which is done through the following steps:

    Load Palette - Select SmartDMD as type - Select the smartdmd.txt from_J_M which came with the macro - choose replace palettes 0-9 as load option - export project for real pin 

    Copy pin2dmd.pal to the SD.

    Copy the patched firmware to your pinball machine with a USB stick.


    ok Lucky1,

    thank you very much for your reply!  

    I'm going to donate a pinball browser to try to make this work.  


  17. Hi,

    could someone who has already done the pinball browser colorization procedure with pin2dmd evo help?  

    I am wanting to perform the colorization of the metallica, but it is the first time that I do this colorization procedure for stern / sam machines.  

    I acquired the files of metallica 1.80 with J_M by means of a donation, but I did not find any simplified step by step or images / videos of this information on how to proceed.  

    I downloaded the pinball browser but have not yet donated to use the program.  because I’m taking a preliminary look at it and I couldn’t understand how exactly I should proceed to effect the colorization.  things to me still seem confused, I also looked through the instructions on the pin2dmd website but I'm still in doubt (I apologize for that) and I still don't understand exactly how to proceed and at what time should I use and where to use the files I already have,  such as the file with .pbm extension.  

    another question is related to the procedure, can I do any part of the procedure without the computer being connected directly to realpin or should it be done completely connected to the computer, since the beginning of the procedure?  

    or can i do the procedure in pinball browser first and then perform a second step in realpin?

    another question i'm having is where should i connect the sidechannel cable to pin2dmd?  

    if anyone has a tutorial or a simplified guide on how to proceed with all this I would be extremely grateful.


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