I got this Macintosh SE SuperDrive (or FDHD) as part of a complete package, with keyboard, mouse, the original Apple manuals (including the stickers), an Apple StyleWritter II printer, a 1200 bps modem and even some early 90s software.
The seller tried to power it on and sent me this photo of what he got on the screen:
|Strange wavy pattern with a faint checkered board in the back
I researched for such pattern to get hints on what could be going on and heard it could be:
- Analog board issues due to the wavy pattern combined with
- RAM issues due to the checkered board patterned in the background.
I brought the SE home and open it right away for an inspection:
|So far, a little dusty but ok...
|Oh-oh, that is not good...
|The battery juices leaked and corroded part of the metal shield under the logic board
Before anything else, I removed the RAM (carefully as these plastic holders easily breaks - one actually did crack, but I was able to glue it back together).
|Upper view of the logic board after removing the RAM
|What was left from the Maxell battery
Using isopropyl alcohol and an old toothbrush, I started to clean the battery leak signs from the board:
|Several washes and scrubs were necessary to get rid of the battery guts
|A lot of scrubbing after, the board started to look much better
|Close-up of the worst area: despite the scrubbing a lot of corrosion remained
|I also noted a capacitor C3 missing (fell off due to corrosion)
I also noted that the 2 electrolyte capacitors near the battery had swollen bodies, so I order replacements for the C3, together with the axial C4 (bottom blue cap on the photo above) and C13 (top one).
|The situation on the back of the logic board looks much better after cleaning (still, some corrosion marks in some pads are clearly visible)
To replace the capacitors above, first I used a scalpel to clean up the existing capacitor corroded pads. This allowed me to add new solder to them. Then I used a solder pump to remove the fresh added solder mixed with the old one and carefully remove the old caps terminals. I measured the capacitance of the bulged axial blue caps and they were indeed off their original specs. The yellow caps were still measuring ok, but it was a smart idea to replace them anyway due to their corroded/rusty terminals.
I inspected the nearby resistors, and despite not being in their best shape, they still seem to be working as they should.
After replacing the capacitors above, I used a scalpel to clean in between each of the filter pads that due to corrosion were basically shortened out. Here is a view using a digital microscope:
This part was very tedious, but necessary. After checking each of the filter pads for continuity with a multimeter, I confirmed they were once again making their proper connections.
Now, it was time to look for obvious open/corroded traces near the affected area. I used a scalpel to remove the green insulating varnish and checked the copper traces for continuity. I found at least 5 traces were interrupted/open due to corrosion.
To fix the broken traces, I followed this great traces repair tutorial made by Bruce from Mac Yak. Using a very thin 34 AWG magnetic wire, flux and some solder, I rebuilt the damaged traces and applied solder mask to protect them from corrosion.
|Using UV light to cure the new insulating solder mask coating after the trace repairs
|Trace repairs completed
Now with the traces rebuilt, I decided to give it a try and power it on:
|I got a sad Mac face with a double line error code - that was a good progress anyway!
Despite the double line error, the code was pointing to RAM error connection. I re-seated the RAM sticks and still got the same error.
Then I took the board out again for another more throughout inspection. I found that some through-hole pads weren't making contact to the other side of the board. Using the same 34 AWG wire, I reconnect these pads from one side to another:
I put the board back together, powered it on and crossed my fingers...
But no bong and when I load the OS with my Zip drive, no sound whatsoever...
I noticed, however, that the sound using the headphone output.. that is a good sign!
Still, no sound coming from the speaker...
After some more research, I got an important hint from this great Macintosh repair book:
|The key hint was here: the pins from the speaker connector J11 had perforated the insulated part of the shield (probably weakened due to the battery leak damage)
I added some kapton tape on the damaged part of the insulating portion of the RFI shield and tried again... YAY, the sound is back!
Mission accomplished! This Macintosh SE SuperDrive was saved and is now working perfectly once again.. Seeing the happy Mac after the "bong" really face put a smile on my face :)
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