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Mouse and Keyboard issue on Macintosh SE


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Hi all
This is my first post here, I found this forum while googling for an issue I am having with an SE I am repairing.

Basically, the whole ADB stopped working in between reboots - no, I did not hot-plug my mouse! The mouse was working fine before.

The system boots up, reaches the desktop but when I move the mouse, all that happens is that the "apple" menu in the top left corner opens up. Then nothing. But I did not push the button.

The keyboard doesn't seems to do anything. I can open the debug window and all it types are "AA" for each press of the button (AA for pressing and AA for depressing) up to 2/3 of the first line, then it stops. (see pic below)

Things I checked.
- 5V is present on ADB
- GND is present on ADB
- Interference filter is ok
- I checked for continuity between ADB ports, ADB chip and VIA.
- I checked R14, R15 and the transistor driving the bus from the ADB chip side.
- ADB chip is getting a clock from the GLU chip (3.6Mhz)

Then I fired up my scope.
- ADB signal is present on the bus. Additional signals appear when the mouse is moved.
- I decoded the signal sent by the ADB chip: when just booted up, it's asking address 2 (should be keyboard by default) to "TALK". As soon as I move the mouse, the address changes to "3" which should be the mouse. That seems healthy to me. (see pic below)
- I followed the signal out of the ADB into the VIA. I see signals happening between the two chips when I move the mouse.
- I see extra IRQ signals and "Chip Select" on the VIA when I move the mouse.

The mac repair started with some memory issue so I thought that maybe the RAM addresses where the VIA stores its bits could be damaged. I downgraded the RAM from 4 to 2MB, swapping SIMMs but the issue did not change.

I swapped the mouse with another one and the same happens.

- The issue seems to be on the logic board
- The ADB chip seems to be doing something.
- Signal seems to reach the VIA and get deeper in the Macintosh's guts

At this point I am a bit stuck. I am thinking that maybe the ADB is sending rubbish signals to the VIA (or maybe the VIA is) and the software/hardware receiving the signal is struggling to interpret them? I have some other SE, I could socket the ADB and VIA and test but I also like to understand things so I was wondering if any of you had any ideas of what could be going on here! :)

I've added some relevant schematics 'cause I know they're not so easy to find!

Thank you so much for your help and Happy New Year!






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That would be great as I can source a VIA from China but not an ADB chip. Thanks for your feedback.

Can I please check with you where you saw VIA chips to purchase? I see some on ebay, pulled from systems.

Looking here: https://github.com/kr239/Macintosh-SE-Reloaded/blob/master/README.md

it says the Rockwell is equivalent to the 65C22N and the W65C22N seems to be compatible with the rockwell.

I found this: https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/955-W65C22N6TPG-14

Does anybody know if this is going to work for me?

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I'm afraid I don't know where to get a new IC --- my VIA was scavenged from a friend's battery-bombed Classic.

If your 'scope investigation shows that the data going from the ADB chip to the VIA has the correct keyboard scan codes, then replacing the VIA sounds like a reasonable idea to me.

That said, I'd be sure to measure this at the VIA itself. I don't know, but maybe a broken trace between the ADB chip and the VIA could cause the problem you're seeing.

Good luck!


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I've found this amazing video
and the author has the chip I found on the BOM which can be found here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QhHpDew4saFxvt82W2TkdpnNA2W7tLZhe53Et64gpdY/edit.

So it seems the answer is yes.

BTW, I am based in the UK, if someone needs some of those VIA chips, please do let me know as I have to pay for shipment from the US anyways, maybe we could split! :)

Your point of probing the output of the ADB (or input of VIA of course) is actually a good idea. Difficult with a mouse but easier with a keyboard as I can set exactly the output code by pressing only once. Or I guess I could click the mouse to avoid the stream of data coming from movement.

I shall take a look indeed, thanks for the good idea. Might save me some money if I don't see the correct scan code there.


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I've spoiled the ending a bit here but here is part 1 of my repair. I trust this is not in violation of the rules of this forum.

Also please note what I said at the beginning of the video: this is my first Macintosh so please excuse my ignorance on how I approached the repair! :)



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Great video! You did a great job explaining everything, and I’m impressed how far you got given that you’re new to these old Macs. I’m looking forward to seeing Part 2!


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Thanks for letting me know! I'll try and complete the edit by the end of the week! :) Any feedback is always welcome!


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Glad to see you got it all working! I like the way you walk through and explain things, and methodically explain what you’re doing. Good stuff! 👍


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Nice, congrats on fixing up that machine. Makes me want to get another SE to fix up, especially since I have a good spare 20MB MiniScribe.


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Thank you all for your nice words it was a fun journey!

‘A working miniscribe’ - I still haven’t come across one of those 😂!

Any tips on reviving the one shown in the video? Shall I assume it’s permanently damaged or is there some procedures you’d recommend?


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I've come acrorss two MiniScribe drives recently and one of them just worked while the other one needed some oil to the bearing of the stepper motor and a low level format just as in your video. Since your drive shows loads of bad blocks I assume you're just out of luck, but you could try moving the rotor back and forth just to clear any rough spots and retry the low level format.


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with "rotor" you mean the stepper motor? Wouldn't that potentially cause damage on the surface if the head is moved and the platters are not spinning?

A friend (who also is on this forum) suggested to keep using it a bit to spread whatever substance they used to have on the platters back in the days. I was not aware there was actual contact between heads and platters back then!