"Revived" IIci

From: Rob O'Donnell <classiccmp.org_at_irrelevant.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: Sat May 29 06:45:08 2004

At 14:44 28/05/2004 -0400, Bob Lafleur wrote:

>Some of you may remember me asking a few months ago about a dead Iici -
>wouldn't power up, and I swapped power supplies. A few people suggested that
>a cap on the main board might have blown, which jogged my memory to a few
>nights before when I thought I had heard a pop come from the room where the
>Iici was plugged in.
>On my list of things to do is to move the hard drive and RAM from the "dead"
>Iici to another system. But in the meantime, I had left the Iici plugged in.
>Today (about 2 to 3 months later) I walked by, and noticed the fan is
>running on it. I haven't hooked up a monitor to it to see if it is indeed
>booted, but I will later. I'm afraid to turn it off again for fear that it
>won't boot.
>Has anyone ever heard of a popped cap coming back to life? Maybe the problem
>was something else?

This used to be a problem with the old BBC Micros I used to use - if left
powered up for months (like when I was running a multi-user BBS) some cap
in the PSU would burn out in some manner, although the machine carried on
working. The next time you did happen to switch it off then on, it would
take varying amounts of time to actually fire up - from several seconds to
over 24 hours in one case.
Received on Sat May 29 2004 - 06:45:08 BST

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