Leaky caps [Was: Re: vintage components]

Brian Lanning brianlanning at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 13:05:41 CST 2009

On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM, Seth Morabito <sethm at loomcom.com> wrote:

> Indeed, there seems to be a mass die-off of vintage Macintoshes going on
> right now judging by the buzz on 68K mac enthusiast message boards. My
> own SE/30 refused to boot about a month ago, showing the classic
> "Simasimac" zebra-stripe failure. On inspection I found that _every_
> surface mount electrolytic cap on the board was leaking. I had to re-cap
> the entire board -- only 11 caps, but my smd hand soldering skills are
> just fair to middling. I chose smd tantalum capacitors, the solution
> used by most of the folks on the boards, and brought it back to life.
> But this hilights something that's going to be a serious, on-going
> problem for anyone who has a lot of 1980s gear in his collection (like
> me, alas)

The amiga 600s and 1200s are dying of the same disease. The older models
seem to be ok though.


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