New member here needing a little help. I have a Space Invaders that I have had for maybe 10 years that I did sort of a custom restoration. More on that later, but I wanted to note that I had put in a brand new Dash-35 MPU along with some other new after market boards at the time. The only original board is the sound board. Non-relevant note: It has the 7 digit mod and ROM. It has worked perfectly for the last 10 years. Lately though, it has developed an odd problem that has me puzzled.
Normal operation after using a credit or the next player starts, is for the ball kicker to pop out the ball, then the player's score will flash until the first points are scored. What is happening (randomly on any ball or any player) is that at the same time it kicks the ball out, it adds 5K points and the player's score does not flash. It acts as if a 5K target was hit. No sound is generated, but that may be because the sound card has not finished initializing for that new ball yet.
I have checked for stuck switches (test mode) but there are none. As far as I know, the only 5K target on the 1st ball and before any game play is the center loop. Also, as far as I can tell, the only time the 5K is randomly being added is when the ball kicker activates.
It's been a long time since I have had to do any work on the machine, so I figured I would ask before digging too deep and going on a wild goose chase. So, anyone have any ideas?