|Technical Information about
Version 3.05 update battery
Here you find general technical information about Pinball2000.
RFM and EP1 use the new WMS Pinball2000 technologie, the successor
of the famous Williams WPC system . The game main control is done by a
BAT format PC mainboard with Cyrix MediaGX processor (onboard graphics
used!!). The Software and the DCS-2 sound hardware is located on the so
called PRISM board - a Williams development which is a PCI card located
in the only used PCI slot of that mainboard. For a good HW picture see
Programm Update in German . The control functions of lamps, switches
and Solenoids are located on a new power driver board, that is mounted
in the cabinet and connected to the parallel port of the PC mainboard.
Additional tech info in german can be found under Pinball2000
Technische Informationen. Many information about the PIN2000 operating
system, XINA, can be found at Jack
A. Robinsons Revenge from Mars Notes
The PRISM Card:
It includes 8 game specific WMS ROMs that contain
the images and other fixed parts like a first code boot version You
might read them out when you have an EPROM Programmer capable to read
27C322 (32MBit) and even the double size of these EPROMs (64MBit).
Unfortunately the biggest available EPROMs are 27C322 (42 pin EPROM) and they
cost about 85$ each. On some SWE1 games one EPROM can be found
as a ROM replacement, but only for the 32Mbit ROMs, not for the
64MBit ones. There exists no replacement for 64MBit ROMs.
Additionally the PRISM contains flash PROMs for
the update sound and game code and several ASICs for the PCI-control, the
DCS-2 Soundhardware (signal processor DSP) and some glue logic. There also
houses a Li-battery (BR2325) on the PRISM card for a buffered RAM, storing the big
amount of statistic data, adjustment data and date/time. To prevent from
a total data loss when this battery becomes empty some of the data is also
stored within theflash PROMs (e.g. the total earnings).
Game Software Update:
There are 3 ways to update the Pinball2000 game software. I prefer the
The PC mainboard and Media GX CPU:
PB2K uses a PC mainboard in BAT formfactor with Cyrix Media GX processor
on it. This cyrix processor and his cyrix bridge (CX5520) are obligatory for PB2K
and not replaceable by any other PC mainboard or processor! Boards with a CX5510 bridge
do start the P2K game code, but cannot display the P2K video output when the game
has started. Boards with a CX5530 bridge don't work either.
In 1999 these CX5520 boards (e.g. ST MGXM) did cost about
120 USD on free market and costed 300 USD as original WMS part.
Pinball2000 uses a 19" CGA color monitor from ducksan
(CGM-1901CW) or Wells Gardener
(19K7302) (click on links to see first page of monitor manual). Wells
Gardener has no longer PB2K monitors on stock!
The powerdriver looks similar to the 'old' WPC powerdrivers but has many
As far as I know Pinball2000 was delivered to world market only with
electronic coin acceptor (CASHFLOW 330)
(unlike WPC game, which came to germany mostly with 3 slot mechanical coin
acceptors). Pinball2000 also may carry a bill acceptor or instead of this
a barcode reader (expo 1999 tournament).
There were lots of improvements in the Pinball2000 service concept.
Swapping RFM with SWE1:
The official available SWE1 kit contains:
An RFM kit was never sold by WMS, but used translites/playfields are
available. Ask me.