Aug 122018

The Toaplan “bonanza” goes on with this Truxton PCB on the bench:

Board was booting into game but sprites were totally scrambled:

This seems to be a common issue on this hardware.Sprites generation circuitry is quite wide with many components involved (an ASIC, counters, four MASK ROM, RAMs, a couple of Bipolar PROMs, etc..).I made a quick check and found nothing abnormal until I probed a 74S20 (Dual 4-input NAND Gate) @5D :

Both outputs were floating:

This was confirmed by logic analyzing :

Chip obviously failed the out-of-circuit testing:

I pulled and it and replaced it with a 74F20 (‘F’ logic sub-family of 74 TTL series has more or less same delay propagation time of the ‘S’ one ) :

Sprites restored and board 100% fixed.

Just a quick note : although the marking of the faulty TTL was partially deleted, I could recognize its brand.It was the only Fujitsu TTL on the board!

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