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Mac Classic II - Smoking Resistor


I've now had two Mac Classic analogue board (updated version - 240v) where the 220 ohm resistor RL1 which is right next to the flyback transformer has started smoking and burning out. I haven't read about anyone else having this problem, but it's happened to me twice. Has anyone had this issue before and problem solved it ?
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Hi @Nev,
Have you recapped the board?
This is something new, at least to me. I'd follow the traces looking for shorted capacitors or faulty parts.
Do you have the issue with the joke disconnected as well?
I can not help much, but there are smart guys here who have more skills ...


Hi Iron, I have recapped the board and gone overboard and replaced all the caps, not just the usual suspects. I figure the problem is elsewhere on the board and not with the resistor itself.


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Is it smoking with the connected anode? it might be the flyback
I - again - would follow the traces and check other passive parts, e.g .the diodes
The attached schematics might help



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Thanks for the schematic. I had the Classic schematic, but not the Classic 2. I pulled out the flyback and inspected it and there is no sign of any heat damage. I'll work my way through the board and see if I can find any shorts or other issues.


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Hello, I am a new member.

Sorry to dig this thread, but I have exactly the same problem with my Mac Classic.
My analog board is 630-0525.
I received it with leaky capacitors, which I have replaced.
Also, voltage regulator LM339 had cold solders, so I fixed that.
After powering on, with the yoke connected, K get a bright horizontal line on the screen, and general power drop.
Resistor RL1 (220ohm) goes up in smoke.
I temporarily fitted a 270ohm replacement, which goes red hot when powered on.
When yoke is disconnected, I get normal voltages and computer boots normally (I can hear the chime, hdd spins).

I replaced the vertical deflection IC TEA2037A, with no chanhe to the behavior.
It gets the power, I can measure around 15V on the IC.
I have no other yoke to test, but it looks ok (horizontal coil 0.3ohm, vertical 8ohm).
Took it out and checked, no signs of burning.
Flyback seems to be ok, I reckon there would be no high voltage if it would be shorted.

I am really puzzled about this one.

Analog board is very clean, there are no obvious shorts, or any sign of damage.

Did anyone solve this problem before?


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No one?

I have so far replaced:

- LM317T
- IRF740 HOT
- BYV26B diode
- all of the BC558/548 transistors
- 2k2/1W resistor which supplies the TEA2037A IC
Unfortunately no change, and I am at the dead end.
The only thing more I am willing to do is to change the yoke if I find one in Europe, and then next step would be to change whole analog board.
However yoke measures well, and it's hard to believe it's faulty, but there's nothing else left except the flyback itself, which again is generating high voltage normally.
I would really like to fix the original analog board, since I put a lot of effort in i cleaning and recapping.


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Check for cracked or cold solder joints on the back of the yoke / neck board, and for each neck board wire where it connects to the analog board. And check the back of the analog board where the four pin yoke power plug connects (BD1). Re-flow anything that looks questionable.