The Restoration of the PDP-8/I Minicomputer (PAGE 9)
Well, isn't life just grand?
Our local "Computer Recyclers" in Ottawa had a wide assortment of capacitors:
Here are the capacitors that I was able to scrounge. From left to right, top to bottom:
90mF @ 50V, 64mF @ 30V,
150mF @ 10V, 160mF @ 15V,
150mF @ 15V, 66mF @ 30V,
150mF @ 15V, 75mF @ 40V,
130mF @ 15V, 78mF @ 40V, 58mF @ 25V,
120mF @ 15V, 120mF @ 15V,
100mF @ 20V, 100mF @ 20V, 43mF @ 30V,
69mF @ 55V, 75mF @ 40V.
The two in the front are, left-to-right, 7uF @ 660V and 8uF @ 650V (I bought these just in case the
capacitors in the "resonating" circuit get hosed.)
There are so many, not only because I don't expect all of them to work, but also because
my PDP-12 will be next on the restoration list, and the H724 power supply takes identical
capacitors as the PDP-8/I's H704 power supply, and since those machines are of the same vintage
(with the PDP-12 probably being powered off about the same amount of time)... :-)
My next trick will be to reform some of these capacitors in preparation for swapping the old ones out of the power supply.
Here's what I'm thinking of swapping:
|Designation ||Original ||Replaced by
|C2 ||57mF @ 50V ||69mF @ 55V
|C3 ||160mF @ 20V||100mF @ 20V
|C4 ||160mF @ 20V||160mF @ 15V
None of these values seem too far off, with the exception of C3; I'm hoping I can squeeze by...
No, you didn't miss anything over the past three weeks -- I was off doing contract work.
Today I installed the three new capacitors.
Pictures will be up shortly; I spent three days moving hard disks around the lab, and
my Windoze box isn't back up yet (that's the one I need to get the pictures off the camera).
Using an oscilloscope, I verified that the +5V is rock solid.
The unregulated voltages (measured right at the capacitors) look fine too -- nice, low-ripple, saw-tooth waves.
Now where was I? :-)
Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to work on it for a while now. First of all, I got gout in my ankle (and
that's a wonderful experience, let me tell you!) then I had to complete my year-end accounting, and
now I'm buried in finishing my next book.
(As of 2003 10 24, the book is almost done; I've cleaned out the garage, painted the floor, and moved the
PDP-12 into the garage in preparation of having some time to work
on these machines again! The other "secret agenda" with moving the PDP-12 out of storage and into the garage
is that many of the cards are the same; I'll be able to swap cards around in order to better diagnose