Working on a Star Trek The Next Generation machine and having hell with that 8-Driver. Every time I start the game, the subway & drop target solenoids work fine in test, but after starting a game, a one or more of the right side transistors always shorts to ground and pops F103. The transistor for the little drop target knock down coil almost always shorts. Sometimes another random transistor will short as well. I've already done the following:
Replaced drop target knock down coil
Verified all mechanisms move freely by hand.
Tested ribbon cable
Fixed diode tie-back
Added input pull-down resistors to 8-Driver
Replaced all 2n4403 pre-drive transistors
Replaced 74als576 chip
Reflowed solder on all connectors on the 8D board
Added individual diodes to 2 subway coils, & drop target up & down coils.
Ran new wires from 8-Driver to sw & dt u/d coils.
Unsoldered all 4 coils and verified resistance matched coil chart.
Replaced all TIP102s & diodes on 8-D board multiple times.
I checked voltage at F101, 102, 103, 104, &105. Dc voltage reads ~65V. Grasping at straws, I set meter on AC and got a reading of ~ 175V at all 5 fuses. None of the others are blowing, though. Only F103, and no other transistors are shorting.
At this point, I don't believe the 8-Driver itself is the problem. It's getting a voltage spike from somewhere that is shorting the transistors.
What am I overlooking?