Hey All - I have a thread going about a Firepower II I'm working on, but it was suggested by another Pinsider that I start a separate post about a related question that is more general to System 7/11 Power Boards and transistors.
I'm rebuilding the power supply, and I've run into a question with the transistors Q1 and Q3. Based on research, my understanding is that most System 3-11 boards (aside from the late series 11b and 11c power boards) used SDS201 and SDS202 Transistors. With those unavailable, the replacements frequently used are MJE15030 and MJE15031.
Due to the different pinouts, per the instructions online like here: https://www.greatplainselectronics.com/Downloads/W3-11_HV_Kit.pdf , on most boards you need to "cross" the legs on the transistor to get the proper flow. As noted in the instructions, however, on late model boards this was NOT needed, as they already used the 15030 and 15031 transistors.
Now, here's my issue: When I pulled the board and prepared to replace the transistors, I noticed that they're already 15030 and 15031. See attached image of my board. But they are NOT cross legged as instructed. This leads me to believe either (1) The original board was replaced with a late model System 11 board or (2) Someone else replaced the transistors on the original board, but did it wrong.
Part Number on the Board: 5765-09466-01 (no revision letter)
The game was actually playing fine for a while before I started having issues with fuses blowing (solenoid fuse, then eventually the display fuse). It's hard for me to believe it would have worked at all with improperly installed transistors, but I'm not sure.
Thoughts and suggestions welcome. I'm ready to replace the transistors, but want to do so properly! Thanks in advance.