DECmate III and Rainbow 100+

From: Kevin Handy <>
Date: Thu Feb 24 09:39:59 2005

Geoff Reed wrote:

>> > And yes, the whole thing is powered, rather poorly, from 12 volts.
>> > (Poorly: if you flip significant quantities of white pixels on and
>> I've never had this problem. Are you sure you've not got some dried-up
>> capacitors somewhere?
>> > off, the scan area expands and shrinks very noticeably. So clearly
>> > the supply regulation is seriously inadequate.)
> the VR 201 monitors have a couple of points of failure, the most
> common is a coil (IIRC) in the vertical that is potted in wax, they
> potted this -before- soldering, and wax tended to get down into the
> solder joint making a bad joint that fails after a while, there is a
> resistor right by it that also burns up at about the same time.
Are you talking about the flyback transformer, and the 0-ohm resistor?

DEC never seemed to use decent flybacks, as that was the most common
failure I saw in VT220's, VT320's. The flyback would short out, heat up
causing the ceramic casing to crack and ooze goo, and take out a
transistor for good measure. I used to fix these, until the transformer
started costing more than a replacement terminal did.
Received on Thu Feb 24 2005 - 09:39:59 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:37:40 BST