Sorry to place this question twice - but need help badly...
Could that bad batch with the solder bridge cause a total station failure?
I just installed 2 V1.22a into V5/6 stations - one worked one worked initially but then failed...
All points were perfect - triple checked - worked for the first PS1 test cd - then I tried a PS2 test cd and it failed - so I tried the PS1 one again and that now also failed.
Looking further into things - the station boots has sound and video etc and will shift the laser lens along the rails but appears to not want to spin the cd. After a minute it sort of tries to spin the cd but only sort of steps or ticks it a few times and never actual rotates it more than a few centimeters at a time.
Even with the chip now completely removed it refuses to spin - no cable damage - no shorts, no fuses blown that I could find, but no game loading either - using originals with the chip now removed.
Could this be the fault of the bridged pins on the messiah?
My last batch of Messiah had a mixture of the Actel 303 and the Actel 306 which has a little F surrounded in white in the bottom right corner...
I have checked every thing I can think of so I am now reaching for reasons - i.e. the chip batch - 303 or 306, the firmware V1.22a not working well on 30002 R stations etc...
All ribbon cables are connected and continuity exits - i.e. no breakages. The only thing I noticed was one of the chips that has that grey rubber material on top, near the ribbon cable to the lens unit (bottom right of station MB when the CD drive is on the right) heats up a little - may be normal - never felt during operation before.
Don't really want to have to buy a replacement startion for the customer unless I have to.
RE-cap Chip totally removed - no solder splashes, no solder balls, no obvious damage to anything, sound still works - video still works. But no games play at all (original obviously now the chip is removed)