Quoted from Goronic:
Sorry I have been away from watching this thread a few days. But, I had the same issue exactly you had after about 8 months and I was able to get a BAG board replacement. After I did that it completely fixed the issue and it has been working ever since (2 years ago). I tried new usb cables and reinstalling the software and that didn’t work. BAG board swap out fixed it right up.
Cool, this what I wanted to hear before pulling the trigger on one.
Yesterday the machine began having a new problem, RGB LED's would flash randomly during start up, and then be turned off completely when the game booted. Interestingly, Smaug was throwing "movement" errors as well. I tried reseating the BAG board USB cable and checked other things I had laid hands on, reset the machine a few times, and it eventually started up in better shape. Now all of the RGB LED's are working, but the 'general illumination' (white) LED's in the bottom left section of the playfield are not turning on. Smaug is now moving completely fine again, but his mouth is not moving during speech. Attached image shows the dark section.
I assume all this is related and hopefully a new BAG board resolves all my issues, but is there anything I should check before I spend the $250 on one? Smaug's issues are making me very nervous.
Thanks again for any help. Worth mentioning I was able to fix both my mechanical issues (beast just needed realignment and drop target coil had somehow come completely loose), just not sure where to even start with the LED stuff.