It might be prudent to uninstall, and then reinstall your work, and the reason I say this is because with the gradual failure you had, it is possible that you could have made what is called a "cold solder joint" when you installed your last set of sockets/chips. This is what happens when the metal is not heated enough prior to melting the solder to it, the bond is not strong enough and over time, as the circuit is used, it heats and expands, and then contracts when you turn it off, and eventually the connection breaks naturally. Cold solder joints are common problems for first-time work or non-professionals, so don't feel bad about trying this to correct the issue. In the least, it is probably better to give that a go before spending another $20 on more chips.
I'm not an electrical engineer, but I know a couple, and any time I have done work like this, homebrew circuits, custom cables, etc. and had results I did not expect or understand, they all told me, "check your work, check your work, check your work, and then, check your work again." And at least when I had those issues, and I checked and rechecked my work, I did find a fault eventually. Tiny breaks can cause a circuit to just plain stop. If you can spot a break with a magnifying glass and a flashlight then you will know this is the issue. But then the break could be hidden from the angles you are able to view from, too.
Edit: just looked up in the service manual, here is the cause for 6 blinks.
• +5 line is overloaded. (A, B, M Boards)
• +5 line is shorted. (A, B, M Boards)
• IC504 is faulty. (A Board)