I've thought this before several times during this last few days, but I think I fixed it. Before my attempts to fix were sort of stabs in the dark, I mean, that connector with the pins that were falling out, okay, it wouldn't have worked anyway, but this determining that the way that drop target was wired didn't look right, and when I looked closer I saw remnants of the original common wire that fed that lug, and how it was backwards. One thing I tell myself, "when it left the factory, it worked, and was put together a certain way. That is PROBABLY the best way to have it work now, if I can return it as close to the way it looked when it left the factory. That drop target hookup definitely looked out of place!
And I had noticed the before, but I saw that they reversed the direction of the diode, so I figured Oh, okay, they thought about this and made the change, but apparently they didn't think it all the way through. Because if you're going to change two of the connections, That common wire, and the Diode, You'd think you'd have to move that third wire- The "out" or "in" I'm not sure which is the right term for it, but that connection stayed the same and looked like the rest of them, so I guess that's it! I sure hope so.
You know that scene in Apollo 13, right after they get the air scubber thing plugged in, and everyone is looking around wondering if they're going to still suffocate, but Tom Hanks looks at them and says, "Breath normal Fellas.." That's how I feel every time I think I've fixed this little bug.
I think I'll go play 15 or 20 more games before I hit send on this post....... It still hasn't failed again. Whoopie! i can breathe!
Thank you gentlemen - sincerely.. If you guys hadn't kept telling me to keep looking, and especially Ace, that part where you listed the types of things to look for, bent switches, or things touching, or basally "out of place" which is when I thought about how it ought to look from the factory, and that the drop targets weren't that.
I owe you guys a round next time we're up at the pub.
-A very Thankful and Grateful