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#1 Westinghouse

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:15 AM

Hi all,

Picked up a Mac Portable 5120 (non-backlit) last week; before powering it up, I removed the logic board, removed the caps from it - all of them, except the tantalum cap on the hybrid board - cleaned the board, replaced the caps, and got a new black 6v 4.5ah brick battery.

Putting it all back together, it won't boot off of the battery alone - the screen flickers, and it either hangs on a flickering mouse-pointer screen, or flips over to the chimes of death.

With the original Macintosh Portable power adapter and new battery connected, it will boot 90% of the time. When it falls, it simply does nothing.

Based on previous threads here, I'm suspecting the hybrid board. I did find one bad trace on there, which I have bridged, but no change.

Wondering if anyone here has any ideas to help narrow down the next vector of attack. I want to test continuity on all of the hybrid board traces, but I lose some of them beneath ICs.

#2 techknight

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:22 AM

Bad hybrid IC. 

 

Known issue. No real true fix other than using a bit of reflow flux on the hybrid's solder joints on top surface, and use a heatgun to reflow the joints and try to absorb the cap goo into the flux, then clean hybrid. 

 

That "usually" gets them going. But not always. 


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#3 Westinghouse

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:43 AM

This would be a first time for me doing something like what you've described; could I impose upon you to elaborate on the procedure a bit for a relative novice?

#4 techknight

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:19 AM

umm. Not sure how much better I can put it? 


Main PC: Intel core I7 920, MSI x58 platinum, Radeon4850
PB: tibook G4, ibook G4, ibook g3x2, Lombard, 160, 165, 180, 180c Duo 2300x2, Duo 270c x2, 520cPPC, 3400c, 1400c
Desktop: G3AIO, SE, SE/30, 512k, plus, LCIII, iMac G4, iMac intel, 6400/225

#5 Westinghouse

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:44 AM

I'm here to learn. This forum have me the confidence to lean soldering, which I've used to repair a bunch of logic boards and PSUs since I first arrived trying to fix my first compact Mac, an SE/30.

Imagine you have an apprentice with you. Reflow flux? Any one in particular? Solder joints on the top surface? All of them, including the perimeter pins that connect down to the logic board, or just the ones on the ICs and surface-mounted components? Any tips regarding the technique for applying the heat gun?

#6 Rajel

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:01 AM

Use kapton tape and aluminum foil to isolate what you're heating, else you ask trouble from other components on the board (or melted plastic connectors)
I'm guessing the hybrid IC is a surface-mount component, with leads only on the top side of the board? I'd start with just that.

If you're not careful around other surface mount components, the heat gun could melt the solder and blow them off the board... I've had it happen.

As far as reflow flux, I've never used it honestly. Not sure what to recommend beyond googleing on that one.


Macs: soon-to-be-tricked-out PB160 w/10MB RAM and custom battery. Upcoming upgrades: 66MHz crystal, SCSI2SD, wifi/ethernet access via DreamPi. Powerbook G4 5,4 w/1GB ram, dualboot OSX 10.5 and MorphOS. Mac Mini G4 1.25GHz running MorphOS. Core i5 Mac Mini slotloader that's eaten my damn Gunlord CD.
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#7 techknight

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:35 PM

Nope, the hybrid IC is a big DIP ceramic package in the corner of the board. 

 

I posted a picture of it in another thread describing its operation but I cannot recall where though. I have slept since then. 

 

P.S. I don't work well with apprentices, I had a couple at my current job I have fired already.

 

It's not you or anyone else, its me...I don't have the patience anymore as I lost it long ago for reasons I will remain nameless. 


Edited by techknight, 21 March 2017 - 09:39 PM.

Main PC: Intel core I7 920, MSI x58 platinum, Radeon4850
PB: tibook G4, ibook G4, ibook g3x2, Lombard, 160, 165, 180, 180c Duo 2300x2, Duo 270c x2, 520cPPC, 3400c, 1400c
Desktop: G3AIO, SE, SE/30, 512k, plus, LCIII, iMac G4, iMac intel, 6400/225

#8 Rajel

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:44 PM

Oh, DIP. Easy enough, flux and hit them with an iron to reflow the solder.


Macs: soon-to-be-tricked-out PB160 w/10MB RAM and custom battery. Upcoming upgrades: 66MHz crystal, SCSI2SD, wifi/ethernet access via DreamPi. Powerbook G4 5,4 w/1GB ram, dualboot OSX 10.5 and MorphOS. Mac Mini G4 1.25GHz running MorphOS. Core i5 Mac Mini slotloader that's eaten my damn Gunlord CD.
PCs: Too many, running too many things.


#9 Rajel

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

I can take on some mild soldering apprenticeship :)
A good buddy of mine for many years has mentored me in the art, I'm happy to pass on any tips I can.

Granted, most of the advice is in assembly and repair technique, as well as tool recommendation, not quite so much in troubleshooting other than some very obvious things like replace all electrolytic caps all the time. Have a problem? Check for electrolytics. If they exist, replace them  :lol:


Macs: soon-to-be-tricked-out PB160 w/10MB RAM and custom battery. Upcoming upgrades: 66MHz crystal, SCSI2SD, wifi/ethernet access via DreamPi. Powerbook G4 5,4 w/1GB ram, dualboot OSX 10.5 and MorphOS. Mac Mini G4 1.25GHz running MorphOS. Core i5 Mac Mini slotloader that's eaten my damn Gunlord CD.
PCs: Too many, running too many things.


#10 techknight

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:23 AM

Oh, DIP. Easy enough, flux and hit them with an iron to reflow the solder.

 

Still not quite right. 

 

its DIP mounted to the mainboard, but the IC itself is a ceramic substrate with SMD parts on it. Thats why its called a "Hybrid" 


Main PC: Intel core I7 920, MSI x58 platinum, Radeon4850
PB: tibook G4, ibook G4, ibook g3x2, Lombard, 160, 165, 180, 180c Duo 2300x2, Duo 270c x2, 520cPPC, 3400c, 1400c
Desktop: G3AIO, SE, SE/30, 512k, plus, LCIII, iMac G4, iMac intel, 6400/225

#11 Westinghouse

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:28 AM

Techknight; Rajel, thanks for the help so far.
I found in another thread that Techknight mentioned Chipquik SMD291 as a reflow flux.

I'll pop into the Portable again later this week and see what I can do about reflowing joints. I'll take another stab at metering out traces on the hybrid then as well.

#12 Rajel

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:54 PM

Still not quite right. 

 

its DIP mounted to the mainboard, but the IC itself is a ceramic substrate with SMD parts on it. Thats why its called a "Hybrid" 

Aaaaaaaah. That makes sense.
Sega did similar for the RGB video DAC used in several of its arcade boards, and the Game Gear kiosk systems. Potted SMD components on a DIP board.


Macs: soon-to-be-tricked-out PB160 w/10MB RAM and custom battery. Upcoming upgrades: 66MHz crystal, SCSI2SD, wifi/ethernet access via DreamPi. Powerbook G4 5,4 w/1GB ram, dualboot OSX 10.5 and MorphOS. Mac Mini G4 1.25GHz running MorphOS. Core i5 Mac Mini slotloader that's eaten my damn Gunlord CD.
PCs: Too many, running too many things.


#13 Westinghouse

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:32 AM

Techknight, I came across a mention of putting a resistor between two pins in another of your posts on the subject.

https://68kmla.org/f...crazy/?p=297998

Wondering if you remember which two pins?

Edited by Westinghouse, 25 March 2017 - 12:34 AM.


#14 techknight

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:42 AM

that was a quick trick if the trace goes open on the hybrid module on the main IC, and thats between 16 and 18. 

 

Also capacitor goo that remains on the hybrid can cause the IC not to oscillate which can show the symptoms you describe, It will also show the battery is charging when its not or vice versa. 

 

adding a resistor can "kick-start" that IC, but its only a bandaid IF the trace isnt open. ultimately the hybrid needs deep cleaning and the solder joints reflowed with the proper flux. 


Main PC: Intel core I7 920, MSI x58 platinum, Radeon4850
PB: tibook G4, ibook G4, ibook g3x2, Lombard, 160, 165, 180, 180c Duo 2300x2, Duo 270c x2, 520cPPC, 3400c, 1400c
Desktop: G3AIO, SE, SE/30, 512k, plus, LCIII, iMac G4, iMac intel, 6400/225

#15 Westinghouse

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 01:15 AM

Thanks. Nobody local to me seems to carry anything but liquid soldering flux or rosin flux; I think I'm going to have to order some of the Chipquik in.





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