Recently picked up a Lost World (Bally, 1978) that had been sitting around for 25-30 years not working. Overall nice condition after some cleanup. Of course, given the original MPU and battery sitting there for decades, it trashed the MPU perimeter (but nothing else from what I can tell). Testing shows that the MPU might actually be salvageable, but I'll worry about that later. I have a brand new MPU, so that's going in there for the time being. Here's where I am so far:
* Initially, just GI came on, but after some tinkering, I've seen some other signs of life.
* While doing some voltage testing the other day, the game suddenly semi-booted. Not sure why. The displays came on, game took credits, and when I attempted to start a game the scoring/switches worked (but solenoids all dead). I was able to drain 3 balls and go into Game Over/Match, and sounds were working.
* After unplugging the game for a day then plugging it back in, it went back to just GI and display glow, no booting, no Flashes from the MPU, no sounds.
Voltage Testing - Rectifier Board (all I've done is repin the J3 20-pin connector so far)
TP1 5.51 vdc
TP2 244 vdc
TP3 2.51 vdc ***
TP4 6.74 vac
TP5 44.0 vdc
*** Everything is within spec aside from TP3 (should be 11.9 vdc), which from my reading is used to obtain the regulated +5V for the game's logic circuits. When the game was temporarily booting, TP3 showed 14.0 vdc.
Testing at the Transformer on taps 15 & 16 (which feed the voltage for this area) I'm getting around 13.2vac, which is a little high (should be 12vac). Testing at the fuse I'm getting 13.2vac, and testing on the AC connection points of bridge rectifier BR2 I'm getting 13.2vac.
Based on all of this, it seems like the voltage is getting to BR2 (even though it's a little higher coming off the transformer than expected), but not reaching the TP3 with the proper ~11.9vdc expected. Does this mean BR2 is likely bad?