Well, after years of putting it off I finally opened up the PDQ. It wasn't easy, but easier than opening up an iBook. I removed the PRAM battery, but I did not replace it with a new one. While I do like the PDQ I don't use it as often as I do my other PPC Macs. I only put PRAM batteries in Macs that I use frequently. I used a stopwatch to time the delay and the result was about 40 seconds under OS 8, both with and without the PRAM battery, so I was off with my earlier estimates. The PRAM battery wasn't leaking, thankfully, but better be safe than sorry. I should also mention that I don't use a main battery with this laptop. The ones I have don't work. I reduced the RAM from 256 MB to 128 MB and that brought the delay down to about 30 seconds. I decided to just live with the delay.
The Mac sat all night, and then most of the next day while I worked. When work was done, it was finally time for the moment of truth! I plugged it in all by itself with no peripherals, and then flipped the power switch...
Total silence. No activity whatsoever. Well, I guess expecting this to power on after it had been through was probably a bit too much to ask, huh?
But then I got to thinking.
Maybe, just maybe.
I removed the two screws near the back of the analog board that connect it to the chassis, and then the four screws holding in the power supply. Using a long screwdriver, is pushed in the locking tab on the power supply to analog board connector and popped it out. Then, I was able to twist the PSU sideways and sneak it out of the chassis, since the analog board wasn't connected by those two screws, allowing the chassis to flex a bit. I put a bit of pressure on the CRT when I did this... probably not something I would do all of the time, but I needed to know.
Yep, there's the problem!
That probably needs to be plugged in for anything to work. I plugged it back in, reassembled, and...
Haha, yes! It works!
Next, I grabbed my external drive (which has a 1.44mb SuperDrive installed) and a System 7.0.1 Install 1 disk. I couldn't find my Disk Tools disk, but whatever, I just wanted to see if the floppy controller worked.
Floppy controller works!
I texted my friend who gave me the machine:
At this point, I've verified that the external floppy port works, and both of the ADB ports work.
The screen was pretty dim (this picture was taken at night, in the daytime it's a bit hard to see), so I adjusted the max brightness cutoff up as much as I could before lines appear. Looking for some advice here, would an analog board recap help, or is this likely to be a weak CRT? For what it's worth, the analog board caps look fine but I know that doesn't mean much.
And yes, there is significant burn-in on the screen, but I don't care, I'm just thrilled that it works!
Next up: I'll clean up and lubricate the floppy drive. It's pretty rough, but considering how far we've come already, I think it's going to work. There's also the hard drive to test as well.