Aug 222017
 

A friend got a Mahou Daisakusen (japanese version of Sorcer Striker) board with faulty graphics.

It was playing fine with sound but there was an obvious color palette problem.

I started looking at signals around the color outputs of the PCB and quickly found weak signals on the 74HCT273 at location U12. Piggybacking the chip with a working 74LS273 fixed the colors immediately.

I replaced the chip… Board fixed.

Here is a picture of the PCB with the defective chip highlighted in red:

 Posted by at 4:09 pm