My Dot Matrix Display is getting hard to see, it is getting weak or takes awhile to fully illuminate, what can I do?
In my experience of repairing pinball machines, I’ve never heard of a way to fix the dot-matrix-display tube itself. When the display starts to go weak or takes awhile to fully illuminate (usually with a portion of the display working but another cloud of pixels taking longer to illuminate) then this means that the actual glass dot-matrix-display is just plain getting old and starting to die. Eventually it will get so bad that you cannot see your score or anything no matter how long you wait for it to power up. On some older pins (such as Terminator 2), the glass dot-matrix-display was actually soldered to a circuit board which could be unsoldered and replaced with some replacement displays that we had. This took a LONG time and was not very economical to replace in that manner. The newer pins including Indiana Jones use a ribbon-type cable to solder the glass to the circuit board so it is common-place to just replace that entire circuit-board and with the glass dot-matrix-display as a