Seems like the RESET is actually working as expected (I was previously measuring PIN 14 of U19, not pin 8 (doh!)). (See attached reset1,jpg). There is a delay of about 350ms after power on, before RESET goes high. (C49 is charged to about 1.6V before U19 pin 8 goes high).
Also attached are traces from the SYNC pin on the 6502 (sync signal in cyan).
When SYNC is toggling sometimes, then it seems that the OS could start the very first part of coldstart (RESET) routine. First is to watch every D0...D7 and A0...A15 line. I´ve had some bad CPUs in the past where only one address line was broken. In some cases the system could start, but crashes after a few opcodes, of course. You can see this immediately with your scope.
You can use NTSC ANTIC or GTIA for testing, you also should get a picture, but it´s black/white. And if you have a very old "PAL only" television or monitor, the picture may roll. But for a quick test it´s ok.
In over 80% of these issues bad DRAM is the reason why the computer won´t start. Even when there are only some bits bad, when the CPU´s stack ($0100-$01FF) is affected, the OS-ROM coldstart subroutine will return to Nirvana - computer hangs. So changing the DRAMs is the first thing you should do. You can use any 4164 DRAM (as also found in some C64, Apple II and some other 8-Bit machines) or 41256 DRAMs (found on a lot of Amiga 500 memory expansions, all Atari ST 260,520,1040 ST/STF (not STE) and so on...).
Edited by tf_hh, Tue Mar 1, 2016 1:38 AM.