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Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000

Post by Eirikur Blodax » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:21 pm

Hi all,

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...
Currently I'm fighting with the Wizzo IDEFS to 'seamlessly' integrate it in my boot sequence without the need for a EEPROM.
Next project is to get an Oak Solutions ClassNet podule operational to get networking online.

Regards, Erik
Last edited by Eirikur Blodax on Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:44 pm, edited 2 times in total.
With kind regards, Erik

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Re: Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000

Post by CMcDougall » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:57 pm

welcome Erik :)

good job on the fix =D>
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Post by davidb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:27 pm

Welcome! :D

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Post by DutchAcorn » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:24 am

Welcome Erik! Good to hear you managed to get your A5000 working again! :D

I don’t quite understand what you mean with the Wizzo IDEFS but if you want to share it, please open a new thread for it. I’m happy to burn and send you a Wizzo DFS eprom if you need one.
Paul

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Re: Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000

Post by Multiwizard » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:25 am

Hi Erik,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Acorn Attic, Wim... :-)

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Post by oss003 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:03 am

Welcome Erik and enjoy the forum .....

Greetings
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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:08 am

Welcome, Erik. The A5000 is a great machine. :D
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Re: Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000

Post by 1024MAK » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:55 am

Welcome on board Erik!

:D :D :D

A successful repair, great news =D>

Put yourself on the map by sticking a pin in it at this link :P
You can list your Acorn machines vitals here
You can make your confession here :mrgreen:

I hope you enjoy StarDot :D

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