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Hello everyone,

    As I sit here in my electronics room/Zoom office, I figured I'd ask a question.  I have a Micron Xceed 306 video card that I bought off of eBay about a month ago.  The good news is that it somewhat works; but that's the bad news as well! 
     Half of the displayed video (The lower half displayed on the screen) is (somewhat) alright, but the upper-half of the video has vertical lines going through it, giving the displayed image a jagged appearance.  So I took an educated guess at what the problem might be, and replaced the two Sigmatel 74F82n chips, which from what I can tell are 10 bit buffer chips.  Unfortunately, no luck. 
     Has anyone else here had a Micron 306 card with this problem?  Any ideas at what other chips I should be looking at?

 

Thanks!

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it could literally be any one of those logic ICs. could be the 574s, could be alot of things. could even be the RAM. Unfortunately I dont think the crystal ball approach would work here. 

 

Might need to use a oscilloscope, or at the minimum, a logic probe and look for stuck lines. 

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That’s screaming for bad VRAM or a stuck line on one (or more) of the 574s that mux the video data output.

I posted the schematics for that card somewhere in the hacks section, that might help you understand the data flow on the card.

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Thanks @Bolle!  Also, I have a dumb question:  what is the easiest way to test them (I'm assuming while it's running in the computer)?  I currently don't have an oscilloscope (But I'm planning on buying one) but i do have a very nice fluke multi-tester.

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You can check resistance of each output pin of the muxes (or the inputs on U22 for that matter) to ground or VCC.

Same with the inputs on all 4 muxes.

This might give you a hint if one of them is shorted if you’re getting low resistance somewhere or a value that vastly differs from the others.

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I tested out the 574 chips and found one that had some odd resistance readings on one of the inputs.  So i bought some new old stock SN74ALS574BN chips, and when I finally got them in on Saturday, I soldered one in place of the one I thought was bad.  Unfortunately, it didn't work :(
The other problem that I had was with where the chip was; because of it's location I had a hard time getting my hot tweezers around the chip, so I butchered things a little bit when I extracted it-ugh. I did try to remove as much of the solder first using solder wick and a solder sucker, but it still wasn't very smooth.  A decent de-soldering gun is also on the list of things to buy in the next month.....I wish I  had the money for a Hakko one.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Bolle said:

Might also mean that one of the VRAMs connected to that input is bad.

Did you check the resistance again after replacing the chip?

 

Its possible, one of the VRAMs has a stuck address or data line dragging that bit down on the bus. 

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@Bolle - I did.  And it appears that it's giving me the same wonky readings.  Only question is where would I get new memory chips for this.  Their are 16 of them on the board for what I would assume is a total of 1024k, so each chip must be 64k?   There are these on eBay, but while they are in the right package, they're not the same: 184096113352?hash=item2adcfbc2c8:g:EaAAA

@techknight- It's definitely looking like that!

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Also @techknight-After the difficulty that I had replacing the one chip, I've decided to wait on replacing the others until I get a de-soldering gun.  Just can't get my hot tweezers in there, and for some reason I wasn't having much luck this time using solder wick and my one-shot solder sucker.

 

 

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8 hours ago, macsonny said:

I managed to pick up one of these cards but I don’t have the adapter cable to go from card to video connector. Does anyone have the pin out from the card connector to the video connector so I can make my own cable?

This should be it:

 

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/CableOK should be grounded for the card to activate the signal outputs. Freq_Sel selects either of the two oscillators for the pixel clock when pulled to GND or VCC.

The other signals can be wired up straight to a VGA connector.

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8 hours ago, Bolle said:

This should be it:

 

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/CableOK should be grounded for the card to activate the signal outputs. Freq_Sel selects either of the two oscillators for the pixel clock when pulled to GND or VCC.

The other signals can be wired up straight to a VGA connector.

Thanks for this guidance. I also found the attached pin out info.

 

Based on this pin out and what you provided I think this is the connector cable:

 

XCEED CARD -> DP-15

PIN 1 -> PIN ?

PIN 2 -> PIN ?

PIN 3 -> GND (PIN 1)

PIN 4 -> PIN 3

PIN 5 -> GND (PIN 1)

PIN 6 -> PIN 2

PIN 7 -> GND (PIN 1)

PIN 8 -> PIN 5

PIN 9 -> GND (PIN 1)

PIN 10 -> PIN 9

PIN 11 -> GND or VCC

PIN 12 -> GND (PIN 1)

 

Does this look right?

 

Also, what does PIN 1 (VGASYNC) and PIN 2 (VGAVSYNC) on the XCEED card connector connect to on the DB-15?

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9 hours ago, Bolle said:

Your DB15 pinouts seem to be partially wrong, at least compared to: http://www.retrotechnology.com/herbs_stuff/mac_monitor_note.html

 

 

Thanks. Think I have it worked out now.

 

Just one question. Looking at adapter cables from other units, it doesn’t seem like the cable connects to anything other than the card to the DB15 connector. So to toggle between GND and VCC for PIN 11, where do I get VCC from?

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Just for a status update. I've modded the back panel of my Mac SE/30 to accomodate a switch and DB15. I've wired up the DB15 and awaiting the arrival of a connector for the XCEED card. I'm going forward with the advice above for wiring.

 

Just for clarity, you said pin 12 (CableOK) should go to ground. Does that mean I put a jumper between pin 12 and pin 3 which is supposed to be GND?

 

Thanks

 

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20 hours ago, macsonny said:

Just for a status update. I've modded the back panel of my Mac SE/30 to accomodate a switch and DB15. I've wired up the DB15 and awaiting the arrival of a connector for the XCEED card. I'm going forward with the advice above for wiring.

 

Just for clarity, you said pin 12 (CableOK) should go to ground. Does that mean I put a jumper between pin 12 and pin 3 which is supposed to be GND?

 

Thanks

 

You shouldnt have hijacked this persons thread. Two completely different issues. 

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