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    Default Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    Hi there, I'm new here.

    I recently acquired a Pachinslo machine, which I'm currently in the process of cleaning up so I can deliver it to my grandmother during these times. I'm not familiar with these machines, but I do have a bit of a background in servicing/modding/repairing Pinball machines, so I imagine this shouldn't be too far off.

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    What I've noticed, is that when you have finished playing on "Credit" mode, if you hit the Cancel button, the machine will eject the remaining credits you have as tokens. What I'm hoping is possible, to simplify this process for my grandmother, is that I can create a separate button that would simply cause the hopper to empty most of the tokens back into the trough ...

    This means that when she has pumped all the tokens into the machine, she wont have to open up the game to get them back, but simply hit like a "Reset" / "Eject" button that would return "Most" of tokens to her to keep playing ...

    Does anyone know if there is a mod to accomplish this?

    Here's a photo of the hopper, if this helps at all.

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    Thank you to anyone who can offer some advice here.

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    i would error on the side of caution... if you empty the hopper and your first couple of spins are winners the machine will error lack of tokens to payout.. causing a reset needed..

    otherwise, sorry cant help ya but wanted to say

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    WELCOME!!!

    Sorry, I don't know much about this stuff, but some machines have a button inside that will run the hopper, maybe you could tap into that somehow or directly into the hopper motor, But either of those things might cause an error and that would just make things harder!!

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    At one point you could get an "Autostop, with credit add" device to (most) machines. TheAutostop made the machine stop the reels, like an American slot machine. The Credit Add feature would add 50 credits (NOT dispense tokens) at the press of a button...using existing buttons. No holes drilled for extra buttons.
    Unfortunately, I don't think these have been avaliable for a long time!

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    So, I've been thinking, I'm wondering if I could make a simply Arduino project to (when pressing a specific button), would Add 50 Credits to the machine, then hold the cancel button forcing them to eject as tokens ...

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    Seems like that might work!!

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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    Thats one way to do it.
    otherwise you would need to isolate the motor power from the machine to avoid back EMF and isolate the opto sensor that counts the tokens as they come out. When you trigger your own payout button.
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    Default Re: Looking for a mod, to dump out the hopper ...

    I did this with a machine I had a few years back. I tapped into the power transformer and hooked the new power lead onto the power leads for the hopper. It had a button in-between the two that I mounted so it could not be seen. Hit the button and out comes tokens. It never caused any error codes, but it was a different model than yours, so you would just have to give it a try. I also had an on off switch for the feature so you could open up the machine and flip a switch to disable the feature to ensure fair play when you wanted to.

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