ScuzzBlog: Diaries July 2019
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF AT HOMEI cannot stress enough that what I do here should not be undertaken unless you fully accept the consequences and am a nutter like me. I decided to have one last go at the drive. So I took the 2.5" drive and placed in a sealed freezer bag. I then folded a sheet of aluminium foil into a tray and placed the bag in the tray. I then placed the tray, bag and hard drive in the upper freezer compartment of the fridge. I left the drive in the compartment for over four hours and then removed the drive. This is the tricky bit. You cannot afford to let the drive warm up in any way and when you remove the drive it will attract warm moisture and the air will rapidly attain a point of zero dew point and condensation will form on the surface electronics of the drive. But if you warm the drive to lose the moisture you defeat the object. So I placed the drive in highly flammable paper towel and attached the Amiga ribbon so that it sits outside of the Amiga case. I then fire up the Amiga and cross everything. It worked. IT BLOODY WORKED. The drive returned and so I didn't need the new drive from China. How cool is that. I had intended replacing the ROMto this machine just to check there wasn't a problem. In digging out the ROMs and hard drive installers I found my mini library disk box of the 3.1 Developer Update disks which must have been the last thing Commodore did before they went bust. There are also the various ToolKits which are labelled Private and Confidential and which must not be copied. Interesting that the 3.1 OS was never released by Commodore and yet I have Commodore disks and the Escom versions. Black normally suggests German origin and probably the licensed versions. Inside the computer was another surprise and that was the Blizzard 1230IV. Not something you happen upon by accident. I say all these things in total honesty. I really didn't know this Amiga was perched up on the shelf and I had no idea there was a Blizzard 1230IV inside. You have to realise that I have so much kit here I have no idea in truth just what I have. I try to record when I can, but I soon tend to forget. I took some video of the drive working and also faulty, plus what I discovered when I booted her up. There is no sound on the video for the monitor shots cus my lovely neighbours were doing the battle of the loudest lawnmowers so I gave up with sound. There really was only me clicking anyway. Only an idiot allows moisture and electronics to come into contact with each other.... That would be me.
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Last updated 18th July 2019
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