[Coladam] Dr. D. HD update #2

Jim Notini jnoti2 at comcast.net
Sun Jan 9 21:10:22 CET 2011

Isn't it great owning computers! For the likes of people like us 
(do-it-yourself tinkerers), it seems like we spend more time fixing and 
maintaining things than actually sitting down and enjoying all this great 
stuff. Just maintaining the 2 desktops (mine and my sons) and 3 laptops 
(daughters and 2 for the wife - 1 for work) seems to be a full-time job, 
especially since they are all Windows systems (1 Win2000, 2 XP, 1 Vista and 
1 Win7) and while a lot of similiarities... the newer systems are a pain in 
the arse since I don't have the time to explore the operating system as much 
and learn the ins and outs.

If that isn't enough, I just reacquired an Exp. Mod. #3 ADAM and a 
Stand-Alone ADAM is in transit that will require the addition of a few 
goodies... once I figure out everything I need, expect to hear from me Bob!

Almost forgot, got the little guy's Wii and also a PSP that I still haven't 
gotten around to modding so I can play all my favorite CV games when I have 
down time at work!

Will it ever end????

Glad to hear things are progressing favorably for you Rich after the initial 
problems and would certainly like to see pics of this super system if you 
get a chance. Better yet, bring it to ADAMcon and I'll take some pics and if 
you're tired of dealing with it... I'll take it off your hands.  :- )


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rich Drushel" <drushel at apk.net>
To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2011 12:25 PM
Subject: [Coladam] Dr. D. HD update #2

>     I spent about 3 hours today dissasembling and photographing my
> all-in-one HD system.  I got everything out of it, down to the circuit
> boards, with just the HD controller board plugged in (since the Mini
> Winnie design relocates the Z80 CPU from the game board to the HD
> board, via a spaghetti cable that plugs into a socket where the Z80
> used to be -- expert desoldering work by George Koczwara).  It was tricky,
> and a bit of dust inside, but nothing was visibly broken, and no wires 
> came
> out broken.
>     I powered it up:  black screen, printer wheel spinning endlessly.
> Power down, carefully pried up the Z80 socket to reseat the spaghetti
> cable.  Still black screen and spinning printer wheel.  I removed the
> game board screws and reseated the interconnect cable at the rear a
> few times.  Even though the contacts are gold, they looked kind of
> corroded.  Power up, this time it booted to SmartWriter!  Game reset
> booted to ColecoVision.  Printer works, SmartWriter works.  So, the base
> ADAM system unit is still good.
>     One by one, I plugged back in the expansion cards:  MIB2, worked
> fine; 256K XRAM, worked fine; Orphanware serial board, worked fine.
> When I tried to power up my audio amplifier unit, however, the system went
> black as soon as I turned on the on/off/volume control.  Same thing when
> I tried to power up the 2400 baud pocket modem.  I read +12V from the
> power leads/ground, but obviously something is not happy.  I will have to
> get it figured out before I close the system back up.
>     So, the next step is to attach the HD with its external power supply
> and try to boot it from external disk.  That will require some archaeology
> through my boxes of disks and tapes, so I will save that for another day.
> If the HD works (and now I am pretty sure it will), I will probably make
> Joe his ADAMlink V DDP just to get it out of the way, since reassembling
> everything is dicey and it might not work the first time it is put back
> together :-S
>     I can put up the disassembly photos on a webpage if there is interest.
>     *Rich*
> -- 
> Richard F. Drushel, Ph.D.            | "They fell:  for Heaven to them no 
> hope
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> beating
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