I didn't think it of counting backwards, I just figured there was a short somewhere and it was displaying 4 instead of 6.
I remember initially thinking that the code just needed a reset, which is why during construction I didn't stop right away and trouble shoot the issue at the time, and instead continued putting the tubes on.
I did try and new chip, but same result.
I was hoping like you said someone recognizes the behavior and can give me a little more direction other than checking the entire board for multiple shorts, and bad solder joints.
I think Ian will see this in the morning (Europe time). Meanwhile it would be greatly appreciated if you could get the part number off the tubes (not what the seller said they were!) if at all possible.
Look into it later when the dust is clearing off the crater.
No I haven't re-flashed/re-programmed the controller chip, or at least not intentionally.
Like I said the clock with the current chip has been unplugged for several months, not even the battery, so I assume that anything I did wasn't;t saved and its essentially re-set by nature of no power for so long. I also just checked with the second K155id1 chip I bought when I was first trying to trouble shoot on the off chance I did something to that. I get the same exact result with both chips. That leads me to believe its a short somewhere or its one of theater chips. I've been trying to see if I can find an enlarged schematic of the board itself to try and try the path ways and see where I might have created a short