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What next?

While I wait for a bit more financial liquidity before I purchase some more bits and pieces, I’ve been contemplating what to do next. I’m in a strange place where pretty much all my systems work, one way or another. The Wizzard may need a replacement controller, but that doesn’t mean the main unit doesn’tContinue reading “What next?”

Archimedes Addendum

In the last post, I mentioned that the only thing left to do was to make up a cable and I’d be done with the Archimedes. Well, that turned out to be quite the project, didn’t it? So the point of the cable is twofold. Firstly, it physically connects everything together and secondly it changesContinue reading “Archimedes Addendum”

Oh no! My SCSI CD Rom let out the magic smoke!

There was a “Pop!” and a bad smell. Looks like one of the chips failed. It’s all surface mount so there’s no chance to fix it, especially as the chip that failed is a large QFP with about a hundred legs. Sorry Greg! I only got to use it once or twice.

Owner of a broken Arch.

So my purchases from AliExpress finally started trickling in, and, with some sockets from Jaycar I was ready to move forward with trying to fix the Archimedes. This was very heavily assisted by the always excellent team over on StarDot. Step 1: Burn off a set of Diagnostics ROMs to allow me to see whereContinue reading “Owner of a broken Arch.”


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