[rescue] Did I kill the octane?
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sat Dec 20 18:08:48 CST 2003
On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, Scott Newell wrote:
> I knew I was pushing my luck by taking it apart and cleaning out the dust,
> especially using a vacuum in the (low humidity) wintertime.
How did you attempt to clean the compression connectors?
> But I consider myself careful, as I've never lost a board due to ESD. And
> I've handled a lot of boards.
If you vacuumed across the compression connectors in a dry room, there
is a very good chance that you killed them. SGI recommended to me using
a horsehair brush or computer-grade compressed air in a reasonably humid
environment as the ONLY way of cleaning a compression connector, and
that's only if it -needs- to be done.
> Next up--yank the system board and press down on the central black
Which model IP30 do you have?
> Am I SOL?
Unfortunately, it sounds that way.
 They never need to be cleaned unless they were out of the case in a
dirty environment with the connector covers removed. It's
impossible for them to get dirty while mated to the frontplane.
Jonathan Patschke ) "Earth works. That's proof positive that Mother
Elgin, TX ( Nature isn't a suit." --Dave McGuire
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