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  1. CelGen

    Apple CD SC ejects discs

    So I finally found an Apple CD SC 1X CD drive to finish off my stack of external Macintosh II peripherials but this one is giving me trouble. I have not hooked it up to any mac yet but if I put an audio cd in a caddy and put that in the drive it accepts it, sits there for a few moments and then spits it out again. I looked more closely with a flashlight and the drive is not even spinning up the disc but it sounds like the laser pickup is trying to do something. All I can think of is a hooped motor driver. Any ideas?
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    Dead 6100

    Unrelated to the PSU issues. So I have never seen my 6100 working. Here's where I have the machine after stripping it to basics: -Good PSU -Recapped logic board -New PRAM battery -No ram in the slots (onboard ram only) -ROM in slot closest to PDS You turn the machine on and nothing. The CPU gets toasty after a while but otherwise there is no chime or any signs of life besides the PSU fan and the front LED. I've heard of this once before. Someone had a machine similar in spec to mine and was a little to eccentric installing the DOS PDS board. The cable dressing between the board and the heatsink of the 601 has to be done properly or else when you press the card in you force down on the CPU and crack it. I took my heatsink off: I mean, it could be a weird ripple in how the epoxy set when the chip was fabbed. The obvious signs of the chip being broken in two are not there. One side of the of the chip isn't sitting higher or lower than the other and under a loupe I can't see something like a hairline crack. If the chip is cracked the board is trash. What other things on the board could I of missed in case we are not looking at a bad CPU?
  3. For reference. The schematic for the Lisa's analog board can be found here. My guess is there is a problem with the brightness adjustment. I don't know what the grid voltage is on a Lisa but 400v sounds like the potentiometer has gone open and the circuit is unloaded. The schematic shows spark gaps but I assume those only engage around 1000v.
  4. Something probably went screwy with the system software. I've seen malware from time to time but these days the clearly malicious stuff like bogus disk images have been weeded out. When you upgraded the ram in the FDHD I assume you moved the memory size jumper (newer models) or resistor? (older models) You may still very well have it set to 2mb, in which case it will not see the full 4mb and 6.0.8 can simply...run out of memory.
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    New Lisa Hardware Coming

    I would like to suggest to the designer that I would be curious about the cost of purchasing unpopulated boards. The idea of transplanting components from failed boards to new boards with healthy traces sounds like an interesting prospect.
  6. CelGen

    Apple Ethernet NB - does it deliver?

    I have two A/Rose cards myself. If I recall they sold the ethernet card, a multiport serial card, a token ring card and a 3270/5250 emulation card under the standard. I've seen the first three quite regularly but I have not seen the terminal emulation card in over a decade. They must be quite uncommon. Think of that card as the 90's version of the Killer NIC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_NIC
  7. CelGen

    Apple M1296 12" RGB: No Raster

    Okay then, so if the high voltage comes up and the heater lights then something is funky on your analog board.
  8. CelGen

    Apple M1296 12" RGB: No Raster

    I'm going from older knowledge here but if you can't even force the brightness up with an internal pot to see a raster check so see if the end of the tube has the orange glow of the heater. From experience one of two things has happened. Either the video stage itself has suffered a rather large failure and no signal is reaching the tube but the high voltage is good, or the cathode heater in the tube has failed, possibly from the monitor being very roughly handled or old age.
  9. Again, you are seeing a screen raster and good horizontal and vertical geometry. That indicates both the tube is good and the analog board is outputting at the absolute minimum a useable everything (it just has no video signal to show). If the boards and card cage work and give an image in another Lisa it can only mean either a problem with the wire harness or the analog card with my money on the latter. Rotate the adjustment pots on the card. Yes they may still have the blue locktite intact but that's the same thing I said. All I did was twiddle the brightness adjustment and boom, there was an image.
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    Help identifying printer

    I mean, I could believe Woz signing it because he signs anything, but Steve? What kind of a forgery is this?
  11. Just plug in a (literally any) composite monitor. Again it will not sync right but you will see something resembling an image.
  12. Again, the analog card is not in the card cage. It's behind the CRT. While the refresh rate on the rear video output as I mentioned was not something standard you should still be able to make out large features on the screen. Again, the white box will be obvious and you might even be able to see the mouse cursor.
  13. Also want to add you have done a good job cleaning up the backplane and yes, the schematics for it are not available online that I have seen so far (while schematics for every other board are) but thankfully it and the I/O board which is where the battery resides are two-layer boards so there is need to worry about inner layers possibly being damaged. The dark marring on the edge connectors is fine. If in doubt give them a good rub with a pink eraser. Additionally, unless you have it already planned to do it, I suggest recapping both the power supply AND the analog board.
  14. Hi-Hi-Low as per this indicates the keyboard is unplugged and it can be clearly seen as such in the video. The grey screen with the diagonal lines is a raster. That means the analog board is working well enough that it has horizontal and vertical sweep. Before you proceed any further, take a sharpie and mark the current positions of the adjustment pots on the top of the analog board. You can see it just behind the CRT when you take the top off. Turn each pot a little to the left and to the right. I've seen them simply oxide up and the connection goes open but just disturbing the knob brings it back. Short of hacking a multisync monitor to take a composite input, the video out on the back of the Lisa is your standard composite video signal however the vertical refresh rate is non-standard and I couldn't find any conventional or professional video monitor that would sync to it.
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    Board Cleaning - Techniques - Chemical Reactions

    I just wash the boards with part of a broken dustpan broom or a toothbrush under hot running water and then blast the water off with the air compressor and put them out to dry for 24 hours. Screw vinegar and wasting expensive iso.
  16. CD drives, GPS units, video editing decks, KVM switches, video cards..... Basically any device that used SMD lytics between their introduction in the 80's and 2000 (and I'm willing to bet it's going to continue for many years after as stuff now 15 years old begins to drop dead) have a 100% failure rate. Some items however you really gotta stop and think about how much it is worth to you. I have a JVC GY-X2 professional SVHS television camera. It clearly needs a recap but there are over 150 smd caps needing to be replaced. That could easily be $150 in components and many hours of work.
  17. CelGen

    Apple CD SC - Not reading disks properly??

    Perhaps the eject switch is sticking?
  18. I believe the "motherboard" is what he was calling the CPU board. The power circuit is controlled by the COP421. Verify it and the socket is in good condition as it lives very close to where the battery lives. The power-on should consist of two audible pops from the speaker (and either an image on the screen, or just a raster at around the same time), two more clicks in succession followed by any error codes detected by the system being beeped out. You can force it to beep an error code by simply not plugging a keyboard in. For testing the power supply remove the side skin panel closest to the power supply and CRT and you should see the harness connection for the power supply. The pinout for the Widget and non-widget power supplies are the same, so using that as a pin reference you should be able to verify +5, +12 and +5StandBy. Those are your basic rails and all three are needed. Also, you have Lisa2 cases but are they Lisa 2/5 or 2/10? There are differences that personally I've never been able to test but I assume are incompatible.
  19. Could be a bad stick. You have any upgrades or overclocking going on? The ventilation with the PC compatibility card was really poor. and you had to dress your cabling correctly or you had no ventilation passages.
  20. CelGen

    my first Lisa

    The Lisas inability to lookup graphics routines in ROM blew the legs and one arm off the video performance.
  21. CelGen

    IIFX, burned capacitor and more.

    C1 is a tantalum. Your power supply is fine. It's just old tantalum becoming unstable with age. It's hard to tell from the photo but I'm willing to be the inductor burned up due to the heavy shorting load from the tantalum.
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    Dead 6100

    To follow up it seems that the replacement has bad onboard ram. Luckily The Hackery once again came to the rescue and are supplying me with replacement DRAM chips for me to solder in.
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    ADB Keyboard and Mouse switch

    The mac KVM switch I use here (no branding but it is not some hacked up non-commercial product) just uses a massive stacked wafer switch. It's essentially your classic parallel port A/B/C switch but instead of DB25 ports you get a DB15 and ABD port in each position with one common connection.
  24. So what is your price going to be now that BMOW is selling a competing (and overly ugly) product at $50 USD?
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    Apple 3 LLF diskette image

    I believe they are the same between the Apple III and the Lisa. The variations in blocksize and precisely how the filesystem is created is left to the high-level formatting utilities. Don't call me on it though. I have never owned an Apple III with a ProFile, much less an Apple III.