[rescue] Sparcstation LX Power Supply

Bill D dorsey at lila.com
Wed Oct 16 12:17:20 CDT 2019

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the link.  I know restorers who replace every single
electrolytic capacitor they can find in their vintage electronics devices
before using them.  They spend a great deal of time replacing capacitors
and a lot less time enjoying their vintage equipment than I do.  What has
worked well for me is to test the electrolytics to make sure the
capacitance and ESRs are within spec.  I can usually do this in circuit.  I
then replace all off-brand capacitors and anything that is outside of
spec.  FWIW, even in 40+ year old equipment, the name-brand electrolytics
(e.g. Nichicon) usually test fine.  I do tend to preemptively replace parts
that are under high stress (high-voltage electrolytics, safety capacitors)
and other parts known to have problems like dipped tantalums.

Reminds me I need to order another 48T02 for the LX since that is almost
certainly bad as well.

- Bill

On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 8:45 AM Steve Hatle <shatle at nfldinet.com> wrote:

> Sounds like the IPX I pulled off the shelf about 2 weeks ago.
> This webpage talks about an IPC power supply that was acting up, and
> recovered
> after a clean and recap of the power supply.
> Granted, the list of caps and all will be different, but I will probably
> try
> and suss out the necessary caps for my IPX (and probably my LX as well)
> and go
> through the PS.
> Pulling out the lunchboxes was all because of replacing the NVRAM
> batteries,
> so I might as well go all the way with the power supplies as well.
> Steve
> --------- Original Message --------- Subject: [rescue] Sparcstation LX
> Power
> Supply
> From: 'Bill Dorsey'
> Date: 10/15/19 9:27 pm
> To: rescue at sunhelp.org
> I think I can
>  probably manage to diagnose and repair the power supply without the
>  schematic, but figured it couldn't hurt to ask if anyone else here has
>  repaired any of these supplies and has any tips or comments?
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