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Thread: PSA: Recap Those IBM PS/2 Floppy Drives!

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    Default PSA: Recap Those IBM PS/2 Floppy Drives!

    Apparently some PS/2 floppy drives have been leaking long enough to have the circuit boards damaged by the electrolyte, a common thing on Macs. I repaired one this morning that had the entirety of one pad under a cap eaten away; fortunately, it could be fixed with a jumper wire. Get to 'em before they're too far gone!

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    Well, nevermind, apparently there's something going on under the motor control board. I've never had luck removing the motor rotor to get that board off, so I guess this one's dead. Killed by electrolyte goop.

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    I saved two PS/2 floppy drives by changing the capacitors.

    Those surface mount capacitors are a pain ! I still remember my old Sony HandyCam purchased in 1990,
    after a few years all those capacitors started leaking , I was not about to tackle replacing over 100+ capacitors.

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    Yeah, every PS/2 floppy I've had come through the shop in the last 5 years has needed capacitors, and aside from this one, all of them were returned to working order.

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    Update: dead drive may not be dead, I may have accidentally replaced three bipolar electrolytic caps with polarized ones, waiting on some parts to come in.

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