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Hi I’ve recapped my M5120 and it has sad Mac now. It works previously before capping. I’ve check both battery and power adapter that’s working great so power shouldn’t be the issue. It chimes but has the error as shown. Also swapped out the ram but it’s the same. 
 

Any help?

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13 hours ago, desertrout said:

Is it the same error every reboot/reset? This link (https://udcf.gla.ac.uk/~gwm1h/Error_Codes/Sad_Mac_Codes.html) provides a breakdown 68k error codes, with some specifically for the Portable further down the page. If I'm reading it right, the error you show indicates a RAM test failure at Bank A.

Yes it is consistent every boot/reset.

 

its working all the way until it don’t one day. And I recapped and found this error. I don’t see any broken traces, how should I change the ram then? It’s soldered.

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Don't jump ahead just yet. There are a few things you could try first. If you have a RAM expansion card, verify it's in the correct connector (J11) - happens to everyone. You could try starting both with and then without the expansion card. After that, I'd examine the onboard RAM near where you were recapping to see if there is any residue or damage. I don't know offhand what banks are where, but start with a visual inspection.

 

Also make sure to do a power manager reset if haven't been.

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On 7/4/2020 at 3:57 PM, desertrout said:

Don't jump ahead just yet. There are a few things you could try first. If you have a RAM expansion card, verify it's in the correct connector (J11) - happens to everyone. You could try starting both with and then without the expansion card. After that, I'd examine the onboard RAM near where you were recapping to see if there is any residue or damage. I don't know offhand what banks are where, but start with a visual inspection.

 

Also make sure to do a power manager reset if haven't been.


Yes ram is at the correct slot. Done a power reset and it’s still the same. 

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Interesting - seems wildly un statistical that three suffered RAM Sad Macs after a recapping....did you do any board soak/clean as well ?

 

In the absence of any other obvious path I'm going to pull the onboard RAM, test each chip and see if there are any duds. Nobody seems to be able to point to Bank B which I think the code references - they seem to be divided into an upper and lower (4x4 block) so I don't know if that makes the block nearest the hybrid chip bank B. But given there were replacement caps up near the I/O ports, that might well be bank B....

 

Like I said elsewhere, I'm only doing this because I failed my crochet practical....

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5 minutes ago, at0z said:

Interesting - seems wildly un statistical that three suffered RAM Sad Macs after a recapping....did you do any board soak/clean as well ?

 

In the absence of any other obvious path I'm going to pull the onboard RAM, test each chip and see if there are any duds. Nobody seems to be able to point to Bank B which I think the code references - they seem to be divided into an upper and lower (4x4 block) so I don't know if that makes the block nearest the hybrid chip bank B. But given there were replacement caps up near the I/O ports, that might well be bank B....

 

Like I said elsewhere, I'm only doing this because I failed my crochet practical....


I just soaked my number 1 board and cleaned again last night. Will try tonight, this board was working before recapping until few caps leaked and unable to power up. So I recapped it and got the ram error.

 

The other 2 is untested, been in storage for years.

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I came across someone on the FB 68K group who mentioned they ran into the same RAM Sad Mac code after recapping when before there was no issue. The only other common link appears to be the soaking/cleaning of the boards, which may have been a good idea in theory but in practice kicked us in the shins. Or higher.

A friend of mine suggested that thermal expansion differences in the VIA plating and the PCB may have caused cracking and as a result some of the VIAs are not connecting properly and may be signalling a RAM error (or something else if the POST check actually was able to continue). While I have the onboard RAM pulled off the board, I'm going to be proactive and examine/fill any open VIA just because. I console myself with the thought that some restorers of old classic cars spend years on the tasks. I guess patience is a virtue as they are my machines and not someone else's expecting it back....

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15 hours ago, at0z said:

I came across someone on the FB 68K group who mentioned they ran into the same RAM Sad Mac code after recapping when before there was no issue. The only other common link appears to be the soaking/cleaning of the boards, which may have been a good idea in theory but in practice kicked us in the shins. Or higher.

A friend of mine suggested that thermal expansion differences in the VIA plating and the PCB may have caused cracking and as a result some of the VIAs are not connecting properly and may be signalling a RAM error (or something else if the POST check actually was able to continue). While I have the onboard RAM pulled off the board, I'm going to be proactive and examine/fill any open VIA just because. I console myself with the thought that some restorers of old classic cars spend years on the tasks. I guess patience is a virtue as they are my machines and not someone else's expecting it back....

 

The likelihood of this scenario being correct in the normal sense is remote. But anything is possible. 

 

If this were to be true, it would likely be due to vias that have already been damaged by the capacitor leakage to begin with, in which case, would have already been a ticking time bomb. I have soaked/washed so many different boards using a couple different methods, and even do it during manufacturing of boards, and never had an issue "except" in areas that were already damaged by leaking caps. 

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16 minutes ago, techknight said:

 

The likelihood of this scenario being correct in the normal sense is remote. But anything is possible. 

 

If this were to be true, it would likely be due to vias that have already been damaged by the capacitor leakage to begin with, in which case, would have already been a ticking time bomb. I have soaked/washed so many different boards using a couple different methods, and even do it during manufacturing of boards, and never had an issue "except" in areas that were already damaged by leaking caps. 

How long should the board be soaked and with warm or cold water?

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6 minutes ago, glay78 said:

How long should the board be soaked and with warm or cold water?

 

Well I typically just either use an ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes, or use a dishwasher through its quick cycle. Nothing special. 

 

I don't "soak" boards in a bin or sink because it can cause corrosion due to long exposures to stagnant water. I typically only dip and scrub if I have to do washing by hand. 

 

The key is you need to immediately dip the board in IPA to displace any wayer and bake the board afterwords, DONT let it sit around. 

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Just now, techknight said:

 

Well I typically just either use an ultrasonic cleaner for a few minutes, or use a dishwasher through its quick cycle. Nothing special. 

 

I don't "soak" boards in a bin or sink because it can cause corrosion due to long exposures to stagnant water. 


Oh any recommendations if I don’t have both? I did soap cleaning with toothbrush but it doesn’t work.

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4 minutes ago, glay78 said:


Oh any recommendations if I don’t have both? I did soap cleaning with toothbrush but it doesn’t work.

 

Not really? Haven't done it any other way. 

 

I will say this. if there was any damage caused, it has already been done and theres no reversing that through cleaning. 

 

I suppose at this point, its time to pull out the schematics, and then buzz out all the connections at all the RAM pads, back to other RAM connections, and GLU, etc.... just hunt around for a broken trace. If there are any to be found. 

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3 hours ago, techknight said:

 

The likelihood of this scenario being correct in the normal sense is remote. But anything is possible. 

 

If this were to be true, it would likely be due to vias that have already been damaged by the capacitor leakage to begin with, in which case, would have already been a ticking time bomb. I have soaked/washed so many different boards using a couple different methods, and even do it during manufacturing of boards, and never had an issue "except" in areas that were already damaged by leaking caps. 

 

I thought more about this and as I don't ultrasonic for more than 2 minutes per side and at the recommended 60C I wouldn't have expected the thermal expansion to be that big but I follow the soak up with the warm oven at 170 for 30 minutes after the post IPA wash. That seems a more likely target for thermal expansion but I agree with you, it was likely just triggering a potential land mine. Which bus chips were you referring to ?

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