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Help to recover a classic mac (LB)

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Hi all!

 

I'm from Italy and I'm trying to recover a mac classic logical board that I've previously recovered after a Max bomb in 2012. After a full recap and a lot of cleaning the mac has come back to life but after a while a put it in a box and kept it until 2017. Than i did a check and it was not working anymore but i decided to kept it in the box because no time to dedicate to it.

In these days of lockdown I decided to fix it but it appears much harder than expected!

 

Latest Symptoms:

  1. chessboard video (sometimes messed), regardless (with or without) ram extension board and (with or without) ROM.
  2. no startup audio,
  3. until a week ago sometimes connecting the floppy cable and moving it in the connector (like to simulate a bad contact) the mac booted,
    1. now only switch the screen from chessboard to standard desktop - but not boots, nor floppy icon with "?".

 

Tests done:

  • The problem is likely in the LB because putting it in another Classic perfectly working I get the same problem: no sound + chessboard.
  • Recapped again the LB
  • Voltages are OK +-12V / 5V (regulated from trimmer in the AB)
  • Various washes with various products. After one of which I made the situation worse moving sympthoms from 3 -> 3.1
  • Rom is OK because boots in the other working Classic
  • Unsoldered (hot air desolder)  + board cleanup + re-soldered various chips: CPU, RTC, SOUND, VIA, 2x 74F257A -> no change. 
  • Checked a lot of PCB lines especially DATA and ADDRESSES between ROM/CPU/VIA using the known schematic -> No problems
  • The reset signal to CPU correctly rise high after voltage is stable.
  • Seems that the RTC is doing nothing: I'm using a multimeter and can't find any frequency in the crystal pins nor in the pins 2, 12,13 of RTC chip. I checked this in the working mac and even here can't find and frequency in the pins 2, 12,13 of RTC but there is some confuse/variable frequency in the crystal (may be my multimeter is not enough sensitive).

 

I'm running out of ideas and starting to think there is something deeply wrong in this board!! :( 

I'm new in this group but I've read a lot of posts, suggestions, even discovered the existence of schematics and many more ... but I'm stuck... 

Find attached some pics of the LB.

 

Thanks a lot for any suggestion...

 

 

 

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I've just replaced 2 x 74LS245, 1 x 74LS174 and 2 x 74LS257 but unfortunately there has been no change..... so sad :(

 

Screen with RAM board installed

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Screen without RAM board installed

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Hi @marcelv, yes, I removed the battery holder at least twice to check the board, no problems.

Recently I've also checked frequencies of CPU 7.8Mhz and 32.768 on RTC crystal and they are there.....

 

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52 minutes ago, marcelv said:

Have you checked the via's underneath the battery holder?

Hi marcelv, yes, I removed the battery holder at least twice to check the board, no problems.

Recently I've also checked frequencies of CPU 7.8Mhz and 32.768 on RTC crystal and they are there.....

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