I got this Major Title 2 PCB for cheap from ‘Smitdogg’ of MAME team:
He said me board had some GFX issues.Actually when I powered it up I got no sprites at all:
For first I checked the sprites EPROMs with my logic probe and found no activity on all pins.These four sprites MASK ROMs on video board are addressed by the ASIC “GA22” on CPU board :
I probed it and all its pins were silent too.I tried to reflow it without luck, sprites were still absent.Then, looking at the board, I noticed an open jumper ‘J3’ right hear the GA22 ASIC:
Looking at other M92 CPU boards I could see that this jumper was always closed to position ‘B’ (so with central and right pins shorted together).So I did it on my board too:
and sprites were magically restored!
Now the technical explanation.The jumper is actually for selecting which clock signal must be delivered to the sprites generator ASIC “GA22”.If closed in ‘B’ position, ASIC will receive a clock signal of 26.6666 Mhz (which is the correct value for most of M92 games) :
If closed in ‘W’ postition, the ASIC will get a 18.000MHz signal (no sprites with this configuration) :
Last issue to fix was some audio background noise:
I quickly traced it to a missing 47uF 16V electrolytic capacitor @C213 in analog sound section:
End of job.