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C.Itoh CIT 100 Maintenance Manual

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    C.Itoh CIT 100 Maintenance Manual

    There doesn't seem to be any online.
    Lots of User Manual copies, no service/maintenance info.
    Anyone have one?!

    Yes this is correct, I dont have one and just searched around on the /net and dont find one. so yes no maint is available to the best of my knowledge



      Here's a thought.

      The CIT-100 is essentially a shameless knockoff of the VT100, right down to being able to interchange keyboards, AFAIK. There's plenty of good maintenance info on the DEC product; perhaps it would be a help?

      We used several of the CIT 220 terminals back in the day--I really liked them.
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        Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
        Here's a thought.

        The CIT-100 is essentially a shameless knockoff of the VT100, right down to being able to interchange keyboards, AFAIK. There's plenty of good maintenance info on the DEC product; perhaps it would be a help?

        We used several of the CIT 220 terminals back in the day--I really liked them.
        some pictures of the board in the CIT would quickly determine how close the circuitry is.
        it's not going to be exact, since there are custom video asics in a vt10x


          Thanks folks I'll get some pics uploaded.
          Yes its a knock off but perhaps not terribly interchangeable, as that is the chatter
          on the web, but not confirmed.
          I have a VT102 to compare to if thats the case.
          I was hoping this request might shake loose someone who has
          the manual leading to it getting scanned and made available.


            OK here's a bunch of pics.

            A short synopsis: Had two CIT101's that I pulled out of the basement of MOS Technology during that recent cleanout.
            These were in rough shape, one was complete but the screen was knocked in, the other
            was missing the top cover, had worse water damage, but had an intact tube albeit with some burnin. Decided to try to make one good terminal. I happen to have a CIT101 kbd.

            Power supply 5v and 12v checked out. I reseated the socketed ICs and gave it a try.
            The keyboard indicated one fault detected in post. Not bad!
            Tube did not heat up; no glow.
            I swapped for the other video board, still no glow.
            Don't know what's up with that, 12v is getting to the video board.

            I attached a composite monitor to the back panel video out. There was signs of life there but not
            well formed video. Close examination of the board showed that I had bent some pins
            on the NV memory part. Fixed that, still no good video. Then found pins got broken
            on two other ICs that were corroded. Fixed that. The video change a bit, still not right,
            but the POST now ran clean!

            When I turn on the terminal, I can see some almost well formed video picture before it
            breaks up. I think the display is trying to show a cursor but the pixels are strewn across and down
            the screen. I have some confidence that the 8085 micro is doing a lot of stuff that is "right".
            I'm going to scope this soon.

            The only thing I can think of to do next is replace the few electrolytic caps on the board.
            They cluster around some transistors, which might be the video related.

            That's where I'm at.
            Last edited by dmemphis; March 11, 2018, 07:02 PM. Reason: clarify video out.


              Video *was* like this.

              I then noticed that the video tracked going in and out of setup, a good sign!
              Managed to hsync the monitor with the knob and got:
              What a thrill.
              It was short lived. The hsync changed and lock was lost an unrecoverable.
              Thought maybe it was the monitor, so I tried another with the same results.

              The scope looks like this, 5v & 50uS per div. (10x probe),.
              Those hsyncs are 112uS apart... I think that's wrong.

              I also discovered that the tube is glowing- I had to turn out the lights to see it.
              But there is nothing on the screen... that's something I'll tackle when the composite video out
              is right on the back panel.

              That's all for today, all in all not bad progress.


                Are you getting any anode high voltage to the CRT?
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                  Thanks... I need to find out...
                  I'm a software guy and half a digital hardware guy... so I don't know what to measure there
                  without some web research on the methods for such measurements around the CRT.


                    Just be careful--I doubt that the anode HV has enough current to kill you, but a bit of carelessness could be unpleasant. Bad FBTs aren't unusual in the CRT world; the same goes for bad HOTs. Start with the horizontal output transistor first.
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                      Will do. I'm reading up on the FBT and HOT.

                      Any comments about the scope photo of the composite video?
                      I figure I have to trace back to the video generation and see why the timing and
                      amplitude are off.

                      The video board has some "oversized" electrolytic caps- 10uf 25v and 4.7uf 25v- over 1 inch high
                      and about 1/2 inch diameter. Is there a reason for this? My replacements
                      (considering doing a recap) would be really tiny by comparison.

                      Is this thing worth it?!


                        Consider the age of the board. Capacitors have steadily gotten smaller over the years as technology has improved.

                        You can always get a larger sized modern caps by raising the WV on the replacement. So, instead of 25V, take a look at 50V ones.

                        The antique radio buffs sometimes get around this issue by gutting the innards of the old cap and using the "can" to conceal a modern unit.
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                          OK thanks.
                          The size of other caps on the board are on par with moderns.
                          The size difference on these two was so sever I thought maybe they had a special property.
                          For example, ultra low ESR or something.
                          I'm not concerned with the appearance so I'll replace them at will.


                            Do check to see that they're not non-polarized caps; i.e. the + and/or - should be very clearly marked. If they're non-polar and you substitute a regular polarized one, you'll end up releasing magic smoke.
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                              Originally posted by dmemphis View Post
                              Thanks folks I'll get some pics uploaded.
                              do you have any way to dump the eproms?