It wasn't broke, so i "fixed it"! ........So i had parts left over from doing the Mosfet upgrade to the lamp matrix on my Firepower 2 (System 7), so.....new game, new bulletproofing..... i decided to do the same on my perfectly working zero issue Williams Sorcerer (System 9)....well i didn't do my homework (I got this...... right!!??) enough to realize before hand that it doesn't always go well on system 9, AND it's not the same simple procedure of swap out, and zero ohm jumpers in place of the hot old resistors. Day late, and a dollar short, i now have 18 VDC all the time on all lamps from column 1 of my lamp matrix (see pic) and on pin 1 ONLY of 1J7. They are blindingly bright, and they do cycle slightly dimmer as they "flash" so i don't think i fried my PIA (seems to be trying to turn them on and off in attract mode as they should be, they just go from surface of the sun bright to almost as bright as they get "turned" off and on with the attract mode). I tried replacing Q23 again with a fresh Mosfet twice thinking i had a bad one and same issue. Quadruple checked for solder bridges and/or loose solder, and from what i can tell the pre-driver transistor is still fine. I did no other mods, and didn't lift the playfield when i did this, so i think i can rule out shorting anything underneath.
I then returned everything back to stock (transistors and resistors)...... no change. Then I replaced the PIA.....no change. I tested all the transistors and drive transistors that feed column 1 (without removing them) and they all seemed fine. I feel like I must have a solder bridge our loose solder somewhere but I went over every inch of the mpu and found nothing, and no shorted/bridged transistors.
Side note, if i go to lamp test they turn completely on and completely off like normal as they are pulsed. And when they are "on" they are normal and uniform brightness, not super insanely bright.
Any ideas on where else or what else to check? They occasionally dim slightly as the attract mode does it's thing. But only the slightest, further thinking I have a bridge somewhere. Side note....with J6 and J7 (power and return for the lamps) unplugged I still have 18vdc at 1J71 so it's definitely on the board, not some sort of external short or whatnot.
Fyi I cannot access pinside at work so I may be a bit delayed in my responses. thanks!!