Two years after moving house it was time to inventory my old (computer) hardware that I faithfully lugged to the attic. After fixing a few old audio speakers, a huge power amplifier and my current AV receiver - replacing caps for the dreaded Onkyo/HDMI failures - it was time to have a look at my trusty A5000.
Without actually researching anything I fired up the A5000 but got stuck in supervisor mode and the keyboard was unresponsive... at the same time the hard drive --a not so trusty Connor 80MB-- was making the most horrible clicking noises. Not good.
After rebooting several times I unplugged the keyboard. Lo and behold: a slow booting process finally begun - the hard drive being unresponsive to the OS and clicking merrily along. The first step to full recovery.
What I did to get my A5000 up and running again:
- Disassemble the keyboard to fix keys that were stuck
- Open and clean the Connor 80MB to rescue the data onto another HD
- Desolder the furry battery and clean the mainboard
- Solder headers on the mainboard and provide an external battery (4xNiMH AA)
- Replace the PSU fan with a less noisy new one (running @ 7 volts)
- Buy a 2-4MB upgrade and install it
- Buy a network podule, too cheap to not to try...
Next project is to get an Oak Solutions ClassNet podule operational to get networking online.