My Gottlieb Close Encounters is playing perfectly, but makes a heck of a racket at power up. If the power has been off for more than about 3 minutes, then when I turn the power on SLAM BANG all the solenoids fire at once, the game goes into tilt, and the credit button doesn't do anything. If I turn the power off and back on it boots normally (and quietly), and everything is fine. If I turn the power off for less than 2 minutes, then when I power it back on everything is normal. It only does this crazy thing if the power has been off for more than about 3 minutes.
This game already had the battery removed from the Control Board when I bought it. I wanted to install the RAM backup battery for high score memory, etc., so I added a remote 3-AAA battery pack (with blocking diode). This SLAM BANG issue didn't start until I hooked up the batteries. I did some experimenting...
If I only install 2 batteries (approx. 3V) the same thing happens.
If I only install 1 battery (approx. 1.5V) everything seems to work fine. What's going on? Is this the solution to the problem? The literature shows the battery is supposed to be 3.6V.
The slam switches are closed as required.
The power supply has all new caps and voltages are correct.
All grounding mods have been done.
Diodes (7) have been added in harness between Control Board and Driver Board.