Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP
Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP
Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP
Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP
Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP

Power/CMOS Motherboard KICKTAP

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When I was a boy, my yeye would often justify roping me into helping him with some task by repeating "Dig the well before you are thirsty." As a boy who would rather have been out playing, I wasn't really receptive to the idea, and I didn't understand why he was talking about wells all the time. However, as I got older, I realized that he was essentially telling me to prepare in advance, so when something happens, I am ready for it. That is a lesson well applied to modern pinball machines.

Pinball machines, like the ones from JJP that use PC motherboards, rely on the "boot on power" feature to work properly. When this setting is on, it wakes the computer when power is applied instead of waiting for a power button to be pressed. It works very well overall, but sometimes it does not. In these cases the pinball machine will not boot and seems unresponsive, though the fuse lights on the circuit board below the CPU case in the backbox are lit. The solution is to take apart the CPU case and short together two pins on the motherboard to "turn on" the motherboard manually. And if that doesn't work, you need to clear the CMOS by shorting two other pins. Simply put, this is a hassle. And so, I retired to my quarters on a series of cool fall nights this past week and designed a special tap that would move two buttons and instructions for how to wake an unresponsive motherboard to the OUTSIDE of the CPU box. The KICKTAP was the result.

Now, if this unresponsive state happens in a machine with a KICKTAP installed, there are two easily-accessible buttons on the outside of the CPU box to address the issue without having to open the CPU box again. Clear instructions are on a sticker that is designed to go on the CPU box above the buttons.

This will technically work on all pinball machines that use computer motherboards, but the mounting system is custom designed to use the empty HDMI hole in the case on Dialed In, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Wonka. If the need arises, I will see about designing a version for Hobbit and Wizard of Oz.