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    I have recently purchased an AVL Eagle computer, which is an S-100 machine. Rather than just rush to switch it on and see what happens, I have been advised to take the following steps. Please tell me if this is the best process to confirm that "all's well" with this machine before I try to boot it. Thanks!


    1. Pull all the boards, keeping them in order and noting which slots each one was in
    2. Connect the monitor, floppy drive and keyboard
    3. Plug in and turn on the PC
    4. Check pin 1-50 for 8 volts, pin 2-50 for 16 volts
    5. Turn off and unplug the PC
    6. Reinstall the CPU, RAM and video boards (lets see if I can figure which ones they are!)
    7. Plug in the PC
    8. With no boot disk in the PC, turn it on and see if it gets to a screen prompt
    Last edited by SMichelsen; March 6th, 2020 at 10:58 AM.

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    Might also take a look here:-
    http://s100computers.com/My%20System...0beginners.htm

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by monahan_z View Post
    Great resource! I will go through the process as laid out there. Thanks!

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    My approach was plug it in, turn it on, replace all the exploded tantalum caps, repeat.

    It actually worked.

    YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB View Post
    My approach was plug it in, turn it on, replace all the exploded tantalum caps, repeat.

    It actually worked.

    YMMV
    That gave me a good chuckle.
    Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts

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    Well, not having a variac is a bit of a problem.. that and general impatience. ��

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