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64 Switch Matrix Tester

This is a full 64 switch matrix tester that can be utilized when diagnosing nearly any solid state pinball machine. You might call this the "Cadillac of Switch Matrix Testers" -- or maybe "the ultimate Switch Matrix Tester" -- or "the BFSMT 2000". Maybe you'll just think we're nuts for creating a switch matrix tester with 64 buttons. Regardless, anyone repairing pinball machines or pinball circuit boards will quickly grow to love the versatility and convenience of this tester when performing repairs and wonder how they got by without it.

There wasn't a better switch matrix tester available for purchase, so we built one! Read on to find out what makes this a great go-to tool for diagnosing switch matrix issues for just about any manufacturer's pinball machine.

      


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How Can A Switch Matrix Tester Help You?

For those that aren't too familiar with where a tool like this would be useful, the easiest explanation is that it can help you troubleshoot non-working or locked-on playfield switches by isolating the playfield switches from the MPU board. This is done by unplugging the playfield switch harnesses from the MPU & then plugging in the Switch Matrix Tester harness. You can then activate switches via the Switch Matrix Tester & verify the MPU board is detecting the switches correctly. If switches aren't being detected by the MPU properly, then there is an issue with the MPU switch circuitry. If switches are working properly, then the issue is somewhere in the playfield wiring or at the switch itself. Isolating issues in this manner helps speed repair time for anyone fixing up a lot of older games in various states of disrepair or doing their own board work.

Overview of Features

  • 64 dedicated switches for instant access to up to 64 playfield switches
  • Can be utilized with just about any pinball machine - Williams System 3-7, Williams System 11, Williams WPC, Data East, Gottlieb System 1, Gottlieb System 80, Gottlieb System 3, Classic Bally/Stern, Bally-6803, Sega/Stern Whitestar and more!
  • 64 DIP Switches to allow you to lock any of the 64 switches fully ON
  • WPC switch #24 "ALWAYS ON Switch" identified on the board
  • PCB stand-offs included (with kit or assembled version ONLY) to elevate the board off any surface that may be conductive
  • Silk-screen "cross-hair" on the tester board breaks up the 64 switches into 4 quadrants allowing you to more easily located switches that are numbered differently
  • Printable "Cheat Sheets" for games whose switch matrix are numbered differently (use with silks-screen cross-hair to easily locate switches)
  • Board can be used with just the DIP switches & diodes connected, or just the momentary switches & diodes, or fully populated.

What Makes This A Better Switch Matrix Tester?

Lots of things. First of all, it allows you instant access for up to 64 playfield switches. This means you can easily find and activate any switch at the press of a single button. No holding down multiple buttons to activate a single switch.

You can activate more than one switch at once! Having 64 buttons and 64 diodes means it truly mimics the switch matrix setup in a real pinball machine, where each switch can be recognized independently. This is useful when diagnosing switch circuitry issues or when isolating other problems that only occur when there are multiple switches pressed at the same time. It also comes in very handy when simulating games at the bench.

It can be used with just about every manufacturer's pinball machine from 1977 thru current day. This tester can be used on Williams System 3-7, Williams System 9, Williams System 11, Williams WPC, Data East, Gottlieb System 1, Gottlieb System 80, Gottlieb System 3, Classic Bally/Stern (ie. Bally-17, Bally-35, Stern MPU-100, Stern MPU-200), Bally-6803, Sega/Stern Whitestar and more! All you need is the appropriate wire harness to connect to each manufacturer's board that you would like to hook the switch tester up to.

Note: You will need separate wire harnesses to be able to connect the Switch 64 Tester to each manufacturer's boards (ie. Williams is different than Gottlieb is different than Bally). Hareness kits or assembled harnesses are available for purchase separately below.

We made it easier to locate switches for the manufacturers that have alternate switch numbering. Switch numbers marked in silkscreen on the board are based on the common Williams Switch Matrix. This was done because Williams games are very popular and so it made sense to use the Williams switch numbering on the PCB. If you look up a switch matrix chart for practically any Williams System 3-7 or System 11 game, the switch numbering is the same as what you'll see printed on the PCB. Williams changed their numbering on the WPC system however, instead following what some of the other manufacturers like Gottlieb had done and numbering according to the row and column numbers. This is where the silkscreen "cross" printed on the PCB comes in handy. Simply print out the Switch Matrix Cheat Sheet and you'll easily be able to find switches for your Williams WPC or non-Williams games, using the silkscreen cross as a reference and machine-specific switch numbering on the cheat sheet. This also helps with finding the correct DIP switch to activate (smaller number in grey on the cheat sheet).

In addition to these generic manufacturer charts, there's also a Switch Matrix Database being created so you can view (on your cell phone or tablet) or print out game-specific switch matrix charts that correspond to the layout of the 64 Switch Matrix Tester. Check it out here!

Convenient size and versatile usage. The 64 Switch Tester measures roughly 5 inches wide x 4 inches tall. This easily allows almost any adult to comfortably hold the board in one hand and press a button with the other hand. But what if you don't want to hold it? No problem -- the 64 Switch Tester supports PCB stand-offs in the corners that allow you to sit the tester on the playfield glass or on top of your bench, keeping the board elevated from the surface and minimizing the risk of conductive shorts.

Lock any switch fully ON via 64 DIP switches. Sure it's nice to be able to activate multiple switches by pressing buttons, but with 64 DIP switches you don't have to play "TWISTER" to keep the switches activated. Just set any of the DIP switches in the ON position for any combination of switches you want to keep active. This comes in handy in many ways -- you can lock all switches ON and test that they are all being recognized with ease during switch test. You can lock multiple switches ON to work through tough switch matrix issues. It also helps if you are simulating multi-ball games at the bench that require all balls in their troughs in order to enter attract mode. Is it overkill to have this much control over the switches? Maybe. But we think it's pretty darn cool.

Compact, extremely useful and versatile, this tester is the ultimate go-to board for diagnosing switch matrix issues!

*Note: No wire harness or materials to build a wire harness are included with the tester boards.
Unassembled wire harness kits are available for purchase separately. Read below for further information.


Usage of the 64 Switch Matrix Tester

Pretty simple really. Once you have an assembled 64 Switch Matrix Tester board and wire harness built (see wire harness kit options below) you simply disconnect the pinball machine's playfield switch matrix harness(es) and connect the switch matrix tester harness to the MPU board with the machine off. Verify all DIP switches on the tester board are in the OFF position and then turn the machine on. You can then enter diagnostic mode on the machine (usually via the coin door diagnostic switches) and enter switch test mode to start testing switches.

*Note: Assembled wire harnesses & wire/connector kits below are for testing the playfield switch matrix ONLY. Some games have "cabinet switch" connections (ie. Classic Bally/Stern, Bally 6803, etc). As long as the switches have rows/cols or strobes/returns and a diode, you should be able to create a custom wire harness and utilize this tester for testing other switch circuitry.

If you utilize this tester at the bench with either factory test rigs or your own home-built test rigs, it can be used to simulate a game and isolate switch matrix issues before placing the MPU back into a machine.

Are Instructions Included?

You bet! Provided with your order will be a paper that includes a link to all the documentation including Kit Assembly Instructions, Usage Instructions, Wire Harness Assembly Instructions, Switch Matrix Cheat Sheets & more. We have made assembly of the PCB and wire harnesses as straight-forward as possible (if you're buying kits).

Compatibility

The 64 Switch Matrix Tester is compatible with MOST solid state pinball machines that use 64 switches or less and utilize the same type of switch matrix setup (strobes/returns or rows/columns and diodes). Wire harness options are available from Pinitech for as many machines as possible, but there are some manufacturer's machines we do not have wire harnesses for either because they have not been tested or demand would not be there. Also, some newer games (ie. Stern S.A.M. can use more than 64 switches) and the additional rows/cols would need to be handled separately. Gottlieb System 3 for example can use up to 108 switches (12 switch strobes, 8 switch returns). This tester can be utilized with games that use over 64 switches, but you would either need to use 2x testers at the same time (having the additional strobes go to the 2nd tester) or if using a single switch matrix tester the rows/cols could be split into separate connectors so you could swap-in the higher switch numbers.

The 64 Switch Tester has been tested with the following:

  • Williams System 3-7
  • Williams System 9
  • Williams System 11
  • Williams WPC
  • Data East System 1-3
  • Classic Bally/Stern (ie. Bally-17, Bally-35, Stern MPU-100, Stern MPU-200)
  • Bally 6803
  • Gottlieb System 1 (*see note below)
  • Gottlieb System 80, 80A, 80B
  • Sega/Stern Whitestar
*Gottlieb System 1 machines use 1N270 germanium type diodes in their switch matrix. An issue of Gottlieb's newsletter "ONTARGET" mentions that using silicon diodes like the 1N4148 will not guarantee valid logic states. Even so, many people have used 1N4148 diodes to replace the under-playfield diodes without issue & in order to be as versatile as possible, the "64 Switch Matrix Tester" uses 1N4148 diodes since most games use silicon diodes in their switch matrix. It should be noted however, that there *could* be switch detection issues on Gottlieb System 1 games since 1N4148 diodes are being used instead of 1N270 germanium diodes. We have not seen this occur yet, but the possibility is there. When replacing the game under-playfield 1N270 diodes it's recommended to replace with germanium diodes, but for a switch tester the 1N4148 diodes should be adequate for testing purposes in most cases.



PURCHASING OPTIONS


EVERYTHING BUNDLES

First off, you may want to consider an EVERYTHING BUNDLE as it will save you the most money if you are interested in the bulk of what's being offered. These are either KIT or FULLY ASSEMBLED bundles & offer even more of a discount on the 64 Switch Matrix Testers & Wire Harnesses than the current sale prices since they factor in the sale prices and offer an additional discount for the bundle. Includes everything we currently offer for the 64 Switch Matrix Tester, either fully assembled or in kit form. If you'll be purchasing one of the below EVERYTHING bundles, it's all you'll need.

For more information on everything listed here or to purchase individual items, scroll down below this section to the "OTHER PURCHASING OPTIONS" which has more details on the items offered in these bundles.

EVERYTHING BUNDLE Includes:

  • 64 Switch Matrix Tester (either PCB Kit or Fully Assembled)
  • 8x Wire Harnesses (DIY Kits or Fully Assembled) for the manufacturers listed below:
    • Williams System 3-7
    • Williams Sys9/Sys11 & Data East
    • Williams WPC
    • Classic Bally/Stern
    • Gottlieb System 1
    • Gottlieb System 80
    • Sega/Stern Whitestar
    • Bally 6803

Option #1: EVERYTHING BUNDLE - ASSEMBLED PCB & 8x ASSEMBLED WIRE HARNESSES

Everything we offer in assembled form. A fully assembled/tested 64 Switch Matrix Tester PCB & 8x fully assembled wire harnesses from all the manufacturers listed above. All assembled, tested & ready-to-go. Plug-and-Play!

Price: $329.95
Individual items in this bundle would add up to $380.00+ if bought separately.


Option #2: EVERYTHING BUNDLE - ASSEMBLED PCB & 8x DIY WIRE HARNESS KITS

A fully assembled/tested 64 Switch Matrix Tester PCB & 8x DIY wire harness kits for the manufacturers listed above. This is for folks that don't want to assemble a PCB, but don't mind assembling the wire harnesses. You must have crimping tools for 0.1" and 0.156" Molex connectors. You will be assembling all 8x wire harnesses yourself.

Price: $219.95
Individual items in this bundle would add up to $240.00+ if bought separately.


Option #3: EVERYTHING BUNDLE - DIY PCB KIT & 8x ASSEMBLED WIRE HARNESSES

A DIY PCB Kit for the 64 Switch Matrix Tester & 8x fully assembled wire harnesses from all the manufacturers listed above. This is for folks that don't mind assembling the PCB, but would rather not have to assemble all the wire harnesses.

Price: $279.95
Individual items in this bundle would add up to $325.00+ if bought separately.


Option #4: EVERYTHING BUNDLE - DIY PCB KIT & 8x DIY WIRE HARNESS KITS

Everything we offer in KIT form. If you have the tools and experience, this option will save you the most money. Includes a DIY PCB Kit for the 64 Switch Matrix Tester & 8x DIY wire harness kits. Nothing comes assembled. You'll need to solder the PCB together and assemble the wire harnesses. You'll need a Molex Crimping Tool for 0.1" and 0.156" terminals. For the hard-core DIY'er, but will definitely save you a few bucks!

Price: $174.95
Individual items in this bundle would add up to $185.00+ if bought separately.


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OTHER PURCHASING OPTIONS

If you don't want to buy an EVERYTHING BUNDLE, you can pick & choose from the options below. The 64 Switch Tester can be purchased as an individual PCB Kit or Assembled. Wire Harnesses can be bought as just the Connector Kits (just the Molex parts, no wiring or zip ties), Wire Harness Kits (connector kit + wiring, zip ties), or fully assembled. Finally there's an option to buy all 8x assembled harnesses at a discount.

SWITCH TESTER BOARD PURCHASING OPTIONS:

Option #1: Bare Board + PCB Component Kit ($47.95 each)

This is a bare board and the PCB components necessary to build the board, but no wire harness. Requires assembly and soldering experience. This is for DIY'ers that want to save a few dollars by assembling the tester themselves. Build time is approx 1.5-2 hours for someone experienced with soldering PCB boards. Again, this does not include any wire harness materials! You must purchase a wire harness kit or fully assembled wire harness separately if you do not have your own materials to make a wire harness to connect between the 64 Switch Tester and MPU. See wire harness kit options below. A link is provided with every order with full assembly, usage, wire harness instructions and more.

PCB Component Kit includes: 64x momentary buttons, 64x 1n4148 diodes, 8x DIP switches, 8x 16-position DIP sockets, 1x 2.54mm right angle male header, 4x PCB stand-offs.


Option #2: Fully Assembled PCB ($99.95 each)

This is a fully assembled and tested switch matrix tester board, but no wire harness. These are not cheap because they are hand assembled and take time to build out, so they are priced accordingly. If you can solder and follow instructions, you are much better off purchasing a kit or bare board to save a few dollars. But, if you don't want to mess with any of that or don't have experience soldering you can purchase this fully assembled board. This is the fully assembled PCB only. This does not include any wire harness materials! You must purchase a wire harness kit or fully assembled wire harness separately if you do not have your own materials to make a wire harness to connect between the 64 Switch Tester and MPU. See wire harness kit options below. A link is provided with every order with usage, wire harness assembly instructions and more.

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NOTE: NO WIRE HARNESS IS INCLUDED WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS. You will need a wire harness to connect the tester board to the MPU. Unassembled wire harness kits can be purchased separately (see options below). If you do not purchase a wire harness kit, you will need to source the wire harness components yourself in order to interface with an MPU board.


WIRE HARNESS PURCHASING OPTIONS:

No wire harnesses are included with the 64 Switch Tester Board. Below are various wire harness and connector kit options. Wire harnesses or wire kits come with wire cut at approximately 2.5ft lengths. You may find it helpful to "mix-and-match" the complete wire harness kits (40ft of wire included) & connector kits (no wire included) if you think you'll be building wire harnesses shorter than 2.5ft in length. In other words, you can order a complete wire harness kit for Williams System 3-7 that will include 40ft of wire (16x 2.5ft strips) and then order just the connector kit for Williams System 11 -- this would allow you to create 2x wire harnesses that are approximately 1.25ft in length.


Option #1: Complete Wire Harness DIY Kit

These are the wire harness kits needed to connect the switch matrix tester to a pinball machine. They are manufacturer specific and include all the components necessary to build the wire harness, however these are unassembled wire harnesses and you will need to build the harness yourself. This means you will need crimping tools that can crimp 0.1" and in many cases 0.156" crimp contacts. Each kit will include 40ft (16x 2.5ft strips) of 22awg wire. Molex connectors in this kit are pre-labeled and have key pins pre-installed so you can easily identify orientation of the connectors for wiring & easily get started wiring.

Add as many wire harness kits as you would like to your order. Each kit can connect to one manufacturer's machine and includes the necessary Molex connectors, Molex terminals, key pins, wire ties & 40ft of wire.

Price: $17.95-18.95 each

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Option #2: Molex Connector Kit (**NO WIRE INCLUDED**)

Do you already have plenty of wire for making a wire harness? Just need the Molex connectors and terminals? These Connector Kits include all the necessary Molex connector housings and terminals necessary to build a wire harness for specfic manufacturers, but NO WIRE IS INCLUDED. You must supply your own wire or purchase wire separately. You will then need to assemble the wire harness yourself. Molex connectors in this kit are pre-labeled and have key pins pre-installed so you can easily identify orientation of the connectors for wiring & easily get started wiring.

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Option #3: Fully Assembled Wire Harness

These are fully assembled & tested wire harnesses. Ready-to-go. You will save more money by purchasing a wire harness kit, but if you don't have the tools or desire to build your own wire harnesses then you can instead purchase one already assembled. These take some time to build & we are not interested in making huge amounts of wire harnesses, so they will not be cheap compared to going the DIY route with a wire harness kit. Wire harnesses are manufacturer specific.

Add as many wire harnesses as you would like to your order. Each harness can connect to one manufacturer's machine only. These fully assembled harnesses are ready-to-go.

NOTE THAT WE ALSO HAVE A BUNDLE PRICE TO SAVE YOU SOME MONEY IF YOU WANT ASSEMBLED WIRE HARNESSES FOR ALL 8X MANUFACTURERS (see Option #4 below).

Price: $34.95-35.95 each

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Option #4: The Full Monty - Assembled Wire Harness Bundle

This is only for those really serious about board repair that want pre-assembled wire harnesses for *EVERY* single manufacturer we are currently building cables for (listed below). This should get you up and running quickly and save you a few bucks too! Normally all 8x assembled wire harnesses would add up to over $280.00. Save some dough if you buy them all together in this bundle!

Includes 8x fully assembled harnesses (one of each of the following manufacturers):

  • Williams System 3-7
  • Williams Sys9/Sys11 & Data East
  • Williams WPC
  • Classic Bally/Stern
  • Gottlieb System 1
  • Gottlieb System 80
  • Sega/Stern Whitestar
  • Bally 6803
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SHIPPING INFO
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Other International Customers:
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