Dec 262015

Yes, yet another Rainbow Islands on the bench!


Once powered up the board, I was greeted by this static screen:


The watchdog was active sign that there were troubles in main code execution.For first I dumped the program ROMs and they were good (although they were from the Extra version so board was actually an hybird since C-CHIP was the one from the normal version).Then I passed to analyze the WORK RAMs (two Toshiba TMM2063) and I found weak signals on data lines of both:


This lead me to remove them, they both failed when tested in my programmer:


With good WORK RAMs the board successfully booted but sound was missing at all:

Fitted a missing 1000uF 16V capacitor @C84 in the sound section was not enough to restore sound:


I noticed that the RAM of the Z80 audio CPU was another TMM2063 which seems to be very unreliable part (like Fujitsu TTLs, I’d say..) so I went to piggyback the one @IC44 and sound was restored.The chip failed the out-of-circuit testing:


Yes, yet another Rainbow Islands PCB saved from scrap pile!

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  2 Responses to “Rainbow Islands repair log #9”

  1. Excellent work!
    I do like some Rainbow Islands love.

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