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Woodstocks on the barbie... - John Garza (3665) - 11-09-2002

Just how fragile are woodstocks when it comes to static electricity? I have a 21, 25, and 27 that were put up a year ago in perfect working order. Now they exhibit blank displays & odd symbols & counters when powered up. They were in a temperature controlled room, not subject to handling for a year. But now they seem to have spontaneously deteriorated. In reading the archives, I'm led to believe it could be old capacitors in the power supplies, or (even worse) static electricity as they were kept in plastic storage boxes with dessicant packets. Any one know the values of those tantalum caps, or a replacement cource for 21,25 ACT chips? I've read the 27 will require an "organ donor", as they're hard to come by.

-John




Re: Woodstocks on the barbie... - David Smith - 11-11-2002

You may have corrosion growing inside the machines. Open them up (two screws under the top feet) and clean the circuit boards with 91% isopropyl alcohol. Let dry overnight. Often times the culprit is not visible to the naked eye.

The only replacement chips are from another machine. The 21/25/29/67/97 ACT chips are interchangeable.