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2 minutes ago, techknight said:

the 74F253 is known to go bad in the SE/30 anyways. Even without visible corrosion. Any time I run into intermittent RAM Issues on an SE/30, I dont waste my time. I shotgun all 6 of them. 

Oh, I didn't know that. I went ahead and changed UJ4 and UJ2 too, but I left the UI chips because they didn't look to bad. I guess I should've change them all when I was on to it... I also understand now that it was a mistake to take the replacements from my other (damaged) LB without knowing their status. They just looked to be in good condition... :(

 

The LB is in another bath right now, it was so full of flux residue and other gunk, it needed a good rinse. We'll see how it works when it's dry again, but my hopes are not so high (anymore).

 

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We have major a breakthrough!

 

So I replaced UJ2, UJ3, UJ4, let the board soak in vinegar for a couple of hours, rinsed it in soapy water and then let it dry over the evening and night.

 

When I just powered it on there was a normal chime (not as loud as the chimes of death I had a week ago), but still the same horizontal bars. I restarted it a few times and sound was gone again, and horizontal bars every time. Then I remembered that I forgot to put the video ROM back after cleaning... Now:

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So the two obvious issues right now:

 

- sound. Only twice have I heard the startup chime, otherwise sound is dead. Also on the headphone jack.

- the display has issues. It's very dark, and I don't know if you can see it on the picture, but there's some lighter "shadowing" to the right of black pixels.

 

Any advice where to start troubleshoot these issues? I can try to adjust the brightness trim pot on the analog board, I just need to get a proper tool first. I guess the analog board needs a re-cap too... I'm not just that comfortable yet with CRT discharging and handling the high voltage side of things.

 

 

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Recap the analog board and the PU. The discharging is not very difficult. Often it is not necessary, but I do it every time, when I work at the CRT. This video shows how to do it.:

 

 

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2 hours ago, dochilli said:

Recap the analog board and the PU. The discharging is not very difficult. Often it is not necessary, but I do it every time, when I work at the CRT. This video shows how to do it.:

I guess going over the analog board and PSU is inevitable.

 

Another issue now is that the floppy doesn't work anymore. It worked when I got the Mac, and it mounted the first floppy I inserted today, but started to behave weird when it was ejected. Now it can't read any disks. I just replaced the floppy drive with one from a Classic (unknown condition), but it acts exactly the same with the replacement drive. But at least I just got to practice to discharge the CRT...

 

Edit: Actually it reads and formats some disks just fine. So need to give that some more time...

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44 minutes ago, dochilli said:

The floppy drive needs some cleaning and new grease. Sometimes the ejection gear is defect. 

I think the drive somehow corrupted all the disks I inserted. The replacement drive works fine now, but I had to re-format the disks. Other disks that I never tried in the faulty drive works fine.

 

But the drives definitely needs a good clean anyway, so I'll bookmark the video, thanks!

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I think I'll try and move the HDD/floppy/logic board to my other SE/30. I think/hope the screen/analog board/PSU are in better condition on that one. That way the analog board re-cap can be a future project. :) 

 

Just need to clean up some rust first...

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I went ahead and swapped the logic board, floppy and HDD over to my other SE/30, and now the display is very bright and nice. I also did some extra scrubbing with IPA and a cotton swab around the sound components, and sound is also back. So until the next thing breaks, I almost consider this Mac finished. One new issue though...

 

It won't accept RAM SIMMs on Bank B. As soon as I populate Bank B, chimes of death at startup. I've tried several SIMM combinations (all 1 MB SIMMs), always the same issue. Four of them are confirmed to work in my Classic, but they won't work in the SE/30. Should I continue look for bad traces, or can it be a specific component that is known to fail, causing this issue?

 

Then some future things I need to fix:

 

- re-cap the AB

- adjust the CRT yoke, the display is somewhat tilted

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