I have a 74HCT14N based ''RC'' square-wave oscillator. The produced signal then goes to PMIC gate-driver and finally to a mosfet which drives the primary coil at resonant frequency. (about 930-1000kHz) It is a hobby project, and I'm learning new every day.
I'm having problems with the stability of the oscillator/power supply. I'm powering the entire thing from ATX PSU with 5V, 12V voltages and ground from molex adapter.
In the schematic below all GND pins are eventually connected to single wire. This includes the secondary coil ground wire. However without that connection the circuit didn't work. Also U3 and U4 PMICs are powered from same +12V PSU rail as the primary coil.
Observations: The circuit draws about 3-5Amps from 12V when there are sparks and few 10mA from 5V rail. When I probed the mosfet gate the signal looked okayish.. when drawing an arc there is sinusoidial ringing on top of the square wave. Also the oscilator may eventually glitch out if I pull big enough sparks or move objects near it. (like a finger)
So the question is how do I isolate the oscillator and PMICs enough that the primary coil+secondary coil doesn't interfere with them? I was thinking that maybe adding LM317T + capacitance multipler to supply U2 with clean +5V would help?