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  1. I've been having A/V problems for some time now, I asked people on r/VintageApple and they said I should recap logic board. I already replaced all cylindrical capacitors on the analog board and a professional replaced the capacitors on the logic board, but alas, there wasn't any change, I still get this checkerboard on startup and there's no sound at all (except some occasional faint screeches). I am getting really desperate for solutions because this is a very specific problem that has not been (probably) documented yet. I really want to make my Mac Plus work again, but anything I've tried did not help at all (I guess I don't have to worry about caps anymore...). I have little experience with electrical circuits but from what I understand, picture is relayed through RAM, so maybe the RAM is broken? Although it shows 2,560K installed which is in fact the amount of RAM installed... Maybe there's a bad contact on J4, I really don't know. So, people of M68kmla please help me! P.s. along the things I already did is checking the voltage, it was a bit off and I did set it to 5V, but alas, no difference.
  2. Normally connecting a Mac Classic (working) logic board to only its Molex connector (so no ram card, no floppy, no disk), it starts with sound and showing the floppy with question mark on the screen. Now, I'd like to know which components of LB are (not) participating in this phase in order to concentrate on them (or exclude them) in my tests to understand why it does not start. Thanks for suggestions.
  3. Hello everyone, I'm currently working on a Power Macintosh emulation project called DingusPPC. Our current goal is to create a virtual software model of the Gossamer HW, that is, an emulator of the Power Macintosh G3. I need high-resolution pictures of the Beige G3 logic board (Desktop or All-in-one). The areas of my interest are as follows: the Heathrow I/O controller and ICs around it ICs near the monitor and Ethernet connectors It would be nice to have clearly readable IC markings. Thank you in advance!
  4. Hello, I have a Macintosh Plus that have 2 problem: The Analog board only provide 9.4V measured on the connector on the Analog board side (Same on the J8 from the Logic board). All the connector have been soldered (with new solder past). The board had bad corrosion traces but I did measured all connection with an ohmmeter and they all seems to be fine -> I will probably need to change the 12V 5W Zener diode to solve the first issue. (I guess). I know that the Analog board has an issue because I tested it with a known good logic board and I had the same issue (9.4V instead of the 12V) The logic board was cleaned and the ROM and RAM where re-seated. When testing the logic board with a known working Analog board, the Macintosh Plus will reboot rapidly in a loop. The screen is not even able to show a good icon, only try to show a partial image. To be safe I removed the Programmer and Logic switch to check it wasn't due to a reset being inserted by the bad contact on these switch. I check on the Dead Mac Scroll but I wasn't able to seen a similar issue. Power line on the logic board aren’t shorted... however on a good logic board I was able to measure ~150 ohm between +5V and GND, while on the "bad" logic board I only had ~70ohm Anybody had an idea on how I should proceed? I do have a working unit to compare and test parts... Thanks in advance
  5. The MAC MANIAC!

    I have no logic!

    OK if you have seen my post about my CRT issue you know that it has a strange problem. But when i was messing around it seems i broke a rom chip and now my logic board is mostly inactive! After putting in a disk it spun up for about 2 seconds and then cut off. I decided to check my rom chips and see if had put them in wrong. But when i switched them it just made a loud sound as if i made a remix of the Macintosh pluses startup sound. 3rd times the charm right? Well no, its not, in fact i found that a leg broke off of the LO rom. So i think that getting a new logic board will fix this? Also it makes no startup bong when i switch it on. Things that work is the- CRT power supply floppy drive analog board
  6. I am starting this thread to see if there is some possibility of getting my two SE/30 motherboards repaired or replaced. In 2012, I went through my collection and realized I had two SE/30 logic boards which showed the Horizontal Lines (Simasimac) at cold boot. Those lines were stable on-screen and would display forever, meaning the SE/30 would never boot. Prior to 2012, I had recapped both boards but found they both had identical Simasimac symptoms. The two boards were recapped at different times, one being one of the very first SE/30 logic boards I ever recapped -- I used electrolytic capacitors at the time and a dab of hot glue to ensure the traces at the feet of the caps wouldn't break if I accidentally applied pressure on them. That board worked fine for a while and then suddenly stopped working. The other bad motherboard was acquired by me and recapped later using yellow Tantalum capacitors, thanks to Trag's capacitor replacement kit he sold back in the day (not sure if he still sells that now in 2018). At that time in 2012, I referenced my SE/30 schematics and spent many hours testing PCB trace integrity, not finding the root problem that was causing the horizontal lines on both boards. Eventually, I mentioned my two defective motherboards in the 68kMLA forum, and a forum member who I will simply name "TK" said he could fix them if I would ship them off to him. I am in Japan, and he is in the USA. I shipped both boards to TK in March 2012. I followed up with TK at various times, but ultimately it took 2.5 years before the boards were shipped back to me. Unfortunately, the boards were not packed properly, and although I was assured they worked before they were shipped, they both did not work when I received them. They showed horizontal lines at the time I received them, which is the same problem they have to this day. I am going to provide repair details now, but let it be know that I am not trying to speak negatively of TK. Rather, I simply need to state certain details as relevant facts for consideration by those who may be able to kindly assist me in repair or replacement. TK discussed some of the repairs in our forum, but sadly those threads were apparently lost in a forum disk crash some years back and I can no longer link them for you. However, I still have my old PM's from many years ago, thankfully. I will now list pertinent details from my old PMs for the purpose of showing what was diagnosed and what was repaired on my two SE/30 logic boards. Again, my aim is to provide detailed information to those of you who might have the knowledge and skill to repair these boards, keeping in mind that TK was quite skilled at repairs. March 2012: TK began exchanging PM's about SE/30 experiences and the board mistakes of others. He told me he saw one of my old YouTube videos showing a SimasiMac SE/30 logic board and that I should send him my board to see what he could to with it. That led to the beginning of my discussions with him and ultimately sending both of my boards to TK for repair. Upon receipt of my boards, TK told me, "One of your boards has almost a near short on the 5V rail. not a short-short, but a semi-short. So one of the ICs is bad somewhere. I am going to have to do micro-resistance analysis to find out where..." Some days later, TK said that the tantalum-recapped board "shows a cascading short on RP2, meaning several ceramic caps inside the filter are leaky/shorted." TK also said, "the other board (electrolytic-recapped) has a short on RP3 between 10 and 11 on a single chain and none of the others." TK used a heat gun to pull RP2 from the tantalum-recapped board, but he said that the heat sensor in that heat gun failed, causing the heat to rise above 800 degrees (°F?) and resulted in burn marks on the bottom side of that board. (Scroll to the bottom and see my board photos, one of which shows that burn mark.) TK said that his heat gun did NOT kill the board though. However, TK said that pulling RP2 did not fix the problem with that board. He did note that the "UD1 74F240 buffer is corroded pretty good" but did not say if that was a problem. TK saw some corrosion on the SIMM connectors and cleaned it. (Tantalum-recapped board) Even after cleaning the SIMM banks (tantalum-recapped board), the board would work only if both banks were used (1 bank couldn't be used, apparently due to a broken trace). Apparently, the Simasimac on this board was caused by "CASLL broken to the SIMM1 Bank A and B." (A broken trace to RAM.) I was told that this broken trace would cause the other negative side effect of being forced to use both banks instead of being able to use just 1 bank of RAM. TK determined that both boards had a bad BOURNS filter which needed replacing. He said he didn't have spare BOURNS filters to do the repair, however. I decided to wait and see if he could source them. TK uploaded a YouTube video his work on my board: TK told me (regarding which board he never made clear): "the ROM select line pulls low and right back high again and nothing happens from there. All data and address lines check out, so I know this isn't the issue. With ROM removed, select line remains high until NMI invoked, then it pulls low and holds, which is NORMAL. So the next thing I am going to do is check the overlay flag. If the overlay flag isn't being flipped, the GLU chip is bad." May 2012: With it having been more than 1 month, I decided to pay $18 to Trag, who very kindly was able to source 6 BOURNS filters and ship them directly to TK. I informed TK of the shipment. May 2014 (yes, 2 years later -- and yes, I had followed-up during those 2 years): Regarding Tantalum-recapped board: One BOURNS filter was determined to be bad and replaced. TK said there might also be "a bad GLU." A "bad trace to RAM" on the tantalum-recapped board was bad, and he soldered in a wire to fix. After those fixes, the board apparently still wasn't stable, resulting in death chimes on occasion during cold boot. August-September 2014: Apparently, the CPU was dead in one of the SE/30 motherboards. TK speculated that must have been caused from a bad PDS card, although I don't think so myself since my PDS cards work in my working SE/30s. So the cause of the dead CPU is a mystery. TK took a heat gun (now with repaired temperature sensor) and removed the 68030 CPU, then put it in another board and tested and confirmed the CPU to be bad. It was at this point TK decided to install CPU sockets to make insertion and removal easier. TK remarked that he has repaired "thousands of boards" but it was the first time he'd ever seen a failed CPU. TK said that long ago he had accidentally connected a NuBUS card into a PDS slot and fried the CPU, which is why he suspected something similar must have happened for my CPU to have been killed. (Which would of course mean that my case of having a fried CPU was actually the 2nd case TK had seen.) TK said the CPU tried to run but all the data bus I/O lines were pulled close to 1.8v when they should have been a little over 4v. That led TK to believe that they must have been shorted in some way to cause damage to the CPU. He went on to say that "the only cause for those is a voltage spike, or maybe an overload of the address/data bus" and that "it is unknown if there was any damage to any of the other ICs." TK quoted me $39.90 for a replacement 68030 CPU and sockets, which I promptly paid him via PayPal. October 2014: A certain knowledgeable forum member (currently, no longer a member) sent me a PM to say that TK had repaired both of my SE/30 motherboards. I asked him how he knew that, and he said, "I speak to TK privately 3 times per day!" I then added TK to our PM conversation and the following facts were explained to me: Tantalum-recapped board needed a BOURNS filter, which TK finally installed in Oct. 2014. (Most likely using 1 of the 6pcs purchased and shipped to TK via Trag in May 2012.) TK confirm both boards were fixed as of Oct. 2014. TK requested $75 for the repair, which included shipping. TK said he reduced the price due to the long time he had the boards. I received both boards in December 2014. Metal prongs that stick up in either side of the connector side of the board were bent due to the lack of soft packing material inside the box. I mention this not to case blame (although I certainly would have packed the box better), but rather to explain that the boards could have been damaged during transport, assuming they were perfectly fixed by TK prior to him shipping them to me. I never mentioned to TK that the boards failed testing on arrival because (1) I was already out a fair amount of money and no better than when I started, and (2) because it had taken 2.5 years. I put the boards back in their anti-static bags and stored them in my closet until now (Sept. 2018). Here are high resolution photos of the top and bottom sides of both of my boards, shot today: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sandxdkcxdss6h1/AABOOjMnrcSKhlD1neFlHOCna?dl=0 One person based in Germany has sent me a PM about these boards; but of course, I must consider the cost of shipping. I am providing all these details primarily for his benefit, but also for others to read too. I would like to hear varied opinions. All said, I've invested $30 (cost of shipping from Japan to USA) + $18 (BOURNS) + $39.90 (new 68030 & sockets) + $75 (repair & return shipping fees) = $169.90, which doesn't include the cost for the capacitor replacement and doesn't include the cost I originally paid to get the boards in the first place. Wow! Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  7. Hi! I’m totally new to this forum and new to the vintage Mac scene, but I love all things retro and when someone gave me a Macintosh color classic to try to fix, I was super excited! The machine turns on (I hear the fan) and emits three monotone beeps. Not the chimes of death, but something I can’t figure out. I busted out the logic board, and wow. There was some serious corrosion. I tried to clean it up with some isopropyl alcohol and cotton balls, but some resistors totally fell off and I can see connectors that are completely worn through. I’ve attached some photos. What should I do? I only see one really leaky cap. Should I try dishwashing it? I’ve heard of this method but I don’t know how to go about I to without a. ruining my dishwasher or b. ruining the board. Any suggestions would be very welcome! Thanks, and glad to be a part of this community!
  8. Alex

    Damage on SE/30 MLB?

    I purchased this board and if all goes well, I will have it on hand to analyze with more precision but in the meantime I am asking you what your take is on two details. 1) The jumper wire spanning 3 chips, what might account for this jumper? 2) A blotched area on the board? [UD8] NOTE: in one of the images I marked the questionable area in read inside the yellow frame. 3) Does Q3 look ok? What is that component and is it there or missing? What I do know, the caps were leaking but on request the board was cleaned up so that while it ships, if it continues to leak it will not arrive in as bad a shape. Other than this I have no other history that I can offer. I look forward to your interpretations of what is documented in the pics. Thanks! Kind regards —Alex
  9. just.in.time

    Mac SE/30 logic board problem

    Hi all, I had an SE/30 board recapped by MacCaps. Originally, board was no boot/no audio whatsoever. It has made progress since being cleaned and recapped, audio now works. However, I'm still left with this as a result: The startup chime is messed up, you can hear it in the following Youtube video: https://youtu.be/D_z18h5slp8 What has been done so far is the following: *Tested with three different SE/30 ROMs (2 known good, and 1 from this specific unit) *Tested with several different combinations of RAM. Since in my possession after recapping I have personally tried 5Mb(4inA,1inB), 4Mb(4inA), and 1Mb(1inA), all with the same chime and image as above. *Cleaned board several times *Charles checked ~90 tracks by hand from the schematics, and all look good. *I haven't bothered putting in a new PRAM battery yet, as that shouldn't affect the computer's ability to boot up. Charles is thinking it could potentially be the RAM controller, if I'm understanding correctly. Has anyone run into a similar (or the same issue) as this case? If so, what fixed it for you? I have at my disposal a mediocre soldering iron, some solder, and a very basic digital multimeter. If anyone has simple instructions to follow along, I can probably swap some parts assuming my soldering skills (much like my soldering iron, they are mediocre at best) can keep up. Here are some photos of the logic board:
  10. So now that I've gotten my hands on a Macintosh SE/30 to fix up, I went and checked the seller's conclusion on what was wrong it. According to him, the CRT wouldn't come on, and he suspected the analog board. To put that theory to the test, I swapped boards between my working SE, and the SE/30. The SE in the SE/30 chassis booted, and was happily driving the CRT. Thus, the issue was not with the SE/30 analog board or CRT. And to be expected, the SE/30 totally failed to boot in the SE chassis. The seller thought the SE/30 didn't chime because the speaker cable wasn't plugged in, but his memory failed him because it was firmly plugged in. So, now that the SE/30 board is definitely the culprit, I decided to give the board a good look over. And would you believe it, there was a broken trace (open the image for the full resolution): The jumper might obscure it a bit, but it connects from a pin from the UI6 to a pad that continues to a trace that is completely dug out just below the UG7 chip. On the underneath of the board, the pad doesn't have any connections to any other part of the board. What I can't figure out however is what the jumper cable is supposed to do. The schematic I was looking at made it seem that that pin on UI6, which is the PAL HSync chip from what I can find, isn't used for anything and not connected to anything. So why is it jumpered, and how does it influence the way to system works? I can't quite find out where the trace goes to, it goes underneath the GLUE chip and from there on out it's anyone's guess if it connects to the GLUE or goes elsewhere. Now, I knew the caps were highely likely bad, and some pins of chips near the electrolytic capacitors looked a little dull, so I gave it a bath of warm soapy water followed up by some 96% cleaning alcohol, then I left it to dry. After drying, it managed to display a bunch of dots across the upper section of the screen for a while, which started to disappear one by one, to now just showing a very, very faint grey image with lines going across it horizontally. So the question is, is this the result of bad capacitors, or that bad trace? And if it is the trace, where does it go?
  11. Does anyone know the pinout of the mac plus logic board to analog board cable? I was wondering if it used black and white composite video.
  12. From the album: Macintosh SE/30

  13. Thanks to a generous heart here at the forum, I'm getting a IIsi board to replace the one with the death chimes. If he wants to let himself know, that's up to him but I greatly appreciate it a lot. But back to this board, before the recap it was dead, does not turn on, nothing. It's "twin" I successfully recapped and it works. But this one was brought back to a Zombie Life- it turns on and then Death Chimes. Considering neither board was dead, it is great to see some life in them. As I wait for the donated board to arrive, I decided to put on my high powered magnification glasses - a moderate but powerful 5x. Damn thing gives me headaches when looking out into the distance! But looking at the board, I found corrosion on the RAM side of the board. RAM Chips, in UI7 - U7 and logic chips to RAM UH5 - UE5 have a white/grey rust on the solder and traces and UI6 has a dark grey 'rust' on the solder on the side closest to the PSU Jack. Only UI6 and UH5 are close to any leaked/replaced cap. In fact UE5 has a green corrosion on the top 2 right pins. I washed the board so the rest of it is squeaky clean. It is just this area about the RAM that has corrosion. There is some corrosion around the Sony Sound chips but when I placed the 3 Caps there, their connections are OK (the IIsi is loud when it bongs and death chimes!). How to remove this corrosion without damaging the board? Note, I washed both board with 3 parts distilled water/1 part ammonia, scrubbed with acetone and then rinsed with 70% isopropyl alcohol. This cleaned the board nicely, eliminating the cap goo. But finding "rust" on some components means that the bath did not clean it.