Well I learned a hard lesson this weekend. I swapped out the power board in my system 11 Millionaire machine on Friday to test a power board I picked up off eBay. After I played a few games, and let it run a few hours, I was satisfied the board worked. So I went ahead and pulled the board out and put the original power supply back in. What I didn’t realize at the time was the fact that the high voltage plug was missing the key plug, and I installed it one pin off...
I turned on the machine and a hell of a lot of smoke game out of my display board. I noticed it right away, and quickly turned it off, but I was too late, the damage was done. I had sent -100 volt down the 100 volt line. I checked over my power board and discovered the high voltage fuse that should have been a 0.25 amp fuse was actually a 3 amp fuse! This explained the ample amount of smoke that was released when I turned it on.
So I spent my shop time this weekend getting my Millionaire back up and running. Luckily I had most of the parts on hand. In the end the repair toll was quite heavy and included two 6021s (both U41 and U51 that drive the display segments), Five TC4050 hex buffers (donated temporary from my GL) and most painfully three UDM7180As I’ve been saving for a rainy day. I had to replace pretty much every chip involved with the display segment drivers.
I think a lot of this damage may have been avoidable if the proper fuse had been in my power supply. So now my SOP when I get a new game will be to check every fuse against the manual.