[rescue] Is this machine worth a rescue? (Tales from the dumpster)
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Wed Jun 11 09:56:25 CDT 2003
Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 4:38:22 PM, you wrote:
> So yesterday I pulled this Sun Ultra 10 out of a dumpster. To find out it was
> sitting in there maybe 2-3 weeks halfway to the processor filled with wather.
that is indeed bad - 2-3 weeks is a long time.
This is a shot in the dark and before trying it it'd wait for
further comments: After that period of time I think it is likely
that there is corrosion or some substance on the contacts. As this
is a all or nothing game for free I'd try contact cleaner on the
whole thing, then clean it again with water and leave it dry for a
reasonable amount of time in the sun (~1 day for the system, maybe
more for the PSU).
> You can imagine how the machine looked like especially as the wather
> was deep brown and stinky. So I took a gardenhose to the machine to
> get rid of the dirt that was stuck on the board and the machine is
> now out in the sun to get dried. I noticed today that there is still
> lot's of brown substance on the circuit board and I might end up
> taking a toothbrush to it after it is dry to get the stuff off.
> Anyone had luck rescuing a machine out of a wather befor? Any hints
> on how to handle the circuitboard and cpu.
Me and my girlfriend we rescued an old IBM PS/2 and the system did
look the same on the inside - don't know how long it was stuck in
the dirt, but I still believe it has been underwater before hitting
the depth of the dumpster. It works fine - though we didn't dare to
try the original PSU so far.
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