Coaxed a bit more life out of the machine today, but the day was not without some challenges. I was pleased to find my missing plastic protector in the mailbox this afternoon. With that installed the playfield is nearly complete. About the only other change would be to snap a red ring on the mini flipper. I installed the plastic and rolled the game out for a couple pictures in the daylight.
A pretty playfield is not much good if the game is not playing 100% though. I lifted the playfield up to investigate the switches that were not registering and something odd happened. I checked the switches and everything was gapped correctly. I turned the game on with the playfield up. . . and I noticed the LEDs were not flickering anymore. I powered down, rested the playfield back in place, and powered back on. . . now everything is registering as it should! I have no idea why, I am just glad that it is working.
I was actually able to get a couple games in! I struggled to get over 100,000 the first couple, and I need a lot more practice before I get the inline drop target shot down. That is not where the day's challenges come in though. About midway thru the fourth game the machine decided to reset again -- I am still thinking it is linked to the right flipper. I had checked all the test points on the MPU, SD, and Rectifier boards with no issue. I half wonder if it has something to do with that initial pop the rectifier experienced, but I reflowed the solder at the header pin and have had no other issues since. I played four more or so games before the machine reset again with the right flipper.
My other challenge was a bit more devastating. I have never had this happen before, but I picked up the playfield glass to install it. While carrying it over to the machine I felt a pop and the glass in my hands was gone! It ended up in a pile on the floor.
Now I am one that will admit when he has been foolish and cut corners -- but I was actually being super careful with this glass due to its oddball size and I was thinking to myself I don't have a spare to replace it with. I did not bump it on anything, no rings on the finger, etc. I've set other glass down on the concrete, flexed glass now and again when pulling/installing in a game, and other abuses that have never resulted in such sadness. I suppose I should just be happy it did not pop over the game. It did have a number of scratches on it anyway. . . maybe a sign that a new piece is meant to be. I will try to call the local glass shop tomorrow to see if they can cut and temper the size I need.