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    Default Amiga hardware repair, restoration and upgrade service

    Do you have a problem with your classic Amiga hardware?
    Send it here and I will fix it for you.


    !WARNING! This thread contains too much information and pictures.

    Battery damaged or capacitor corroded motherboard or accelerator? Motherboard not detecting Fast memory or Zorro cards? Broken audio? Hardware simply not working at all anymore? Don't worry, most of the times the hardware is still repairable (if parts are available).

    I am offering an overall, professional level repair, restoration and upgrade service for Amiga hardware. All repairs are done thoroughly and tidy, aiming to preserve the original look of the board like how it came from the factory when possible.

    I am offering the following service:

    - Capacitor replacement (high quality low-ESR electrolytic or premium non-leaking low-ESR polymer capacitors)
    • Amiga motherboards (A500/A600/A1200/A2000/A3000(T)/A4000(T)/CD32/...)
    • Accelerator cards (A3630, A3640, Apollo 12xx/30xx/40xx, ...)
    • Other Amiga hardware

    - Motherboard repair and restoration
    • Motherboard not working (not booting, black/gray/green/red/... error screen, some other fault)
    • A1200 timing fixes
    • A3000 PAL chip problems (overheating chips, corrupted graphics, ...)
    • A4000 memory problems (green error screen, memory not detected, ...)
    • A4000 mouse problems (cursor not moving, buttons not working)
    • A4000 SIMM socket replacement with metal clips
    • Audio circuit repair (A600/A1200/A4000/CD32)
    • Battery and capacitor leak repair
    • Battery replacement
    • IDE and floppy connector replacement (A600/A1200/A4000)
    • RF module removal (A600/A1200/CD32)
    • RTC problems (clock not found, unable to save time)
    • Track repairs (broken, corroded, burned, ...)
    • Zorro slot replacement (A2000/A3000/A4000)
    • ...

    - Accelerator repair and restoration
    • A3000/A4000 CPU slot connector replacement
    • A3640 capacitor polarity fix
    • Battery and capacitor leak repair
    • Cyberstorm MK III/PPC 68040/68060 CPU socket repair
    • Cyberstorm MK III/PPC SCSI chip replacement
    • BGA soldering (Cyberstorm PPC, Blizzard PPC, BVision PPC)
    • SIMM socket replacement with metal clips (Apollo, Cyberstorm, ...)
    • Track repairs
    • ...

    - Upgrading service
    • 68040 -> 68060 accelerator upgrade (Apollo 1240/3040/4040, Blizzard 1240/2040/PPC, Cyberstorm MK I/II/III/PPC, Viper 1240)
    • A3640 rev 3.2 upgrade
    • A3640 speed upgrade (delay line and wait-state mods)
    • A4000 64MB Fast RAM upgrade
    • A4000 IDE PIO2 speed upgrade
    • Amiga CD32 drive adjustment for better CD-R compatibility
    • new high quality 3M/AMP sockets for ICs (A600/A1200/A2000/A3000/A4000)
    • PPC processor upgrade (Cyberstorm PPC, Blizzard PPC)

    - Assembly service
    • GBA1000 motherboards, 68060 turbocards, Graka graphics cards, Thylacine USB cards (empty PCBs required)
    • GVP compatible 4MB and 16MB memory modules for GVP accelerators
    • remake Amiga 1200/3000/4000/... motherboards
    • remake Amiga CPU boards
    • Terrible Fire accelerators (empty PCBs required)
    • Possibly other Amiga DIY kits


    Here are a few examples of the work I have done:

    Cyberstorm PPC repaired and supercharged
    Amiga 4000T restoration
    Resurrecting battery damaged A4000 rev 2
    Repairing and upgrading Apollo 3040
    Repairing battery damaged DCE SX32 MK II
    Repairing the unrepairable

    Upgrading Cyberstorm MK 1 68040 -> 68060
    Upgrading Blizzard PPC 68040 -> 68060
    Amiga 4000cr CPU upgrade

    A500+ Project Red build project
    GBA1000 motherboard build project
    GBA1000 68060 turbocard build project
    GBA1000 Graka graphics card build project
    Building Phoenix Motherboard

    Unbricking Apple Mac Pro


    Here is a summary of work posted on this thread and elsewhere. (updated 15.03.201
    Item
    Task
    Status
    BlizzardVision PPC Repair Done
    Amiga CD32 motherboard Repair and recapping Done
    Amiga CD32 FMV Recapping Done
    Cyberstorm PPC Upgrade PPC to 400MHz Done
    Apollo 4040 68060 upgrade Done
    Apollo 1230 MK3 Repair Done
    GBA1000 Turbocard Assembly Done
    Cyberstorm MK1 68060 upgrade Done
    A3640 boards Recapping and upgrading Done
    Amiga 600 motherboards Repair, recapping, restoring Done
    Amiga 3000 motherboard Recapping Done
    Cyberstorm MK2 68060 upgrade Done
    Blizzard 1240 68060 upgrade Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Repair and recapping Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboards Repair and recapping Done
    GBA1000 board set (2x) Assembly In progress
    Amiga 4000 motherboard Repair Done
    Cybervision 64/3D scandoubler Repair Done
    Amiga CD32 motherboard Repair and recapping Done
    3DO motherboard Repair and recapping Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Recapping Done
    CD32 FMV module Repair Done
    Apollo 1240 Repair and 68060 upgrade Done
    A3640 board Recapping and upgrade Done
    Amiga 3000 motherboard Repair and recapping Done
    DKB Cobra 1230 Repair Done
    GBA1000 Graka board Assembly Done
    Picasso IV Recapping Done
    Paloma IV Repair and recapping Done
    Amiga 4000 motherboard Battery damage repair, recapping, replacing SIMM sockets Done
    Amiga 4000 motherboard Battery damage repair, recapping, replacing SIMM sockets Done
    Amiga 2000 motherboard Battery damage repair, replacing Fat Agnus socket Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Board doesn't boot, for repair Done
    Cyberstorm PPC PPC is not recognized, for repair Done
    Amiga 4000T motherboard Board does not boot, for repair Done
    Amiga 4000D motherboard Battery damaged, board does not boot, for repair Done
    Picasso IV Recapping Done
    Cyberstorm MK3 Card does not work, for repair Done
    Cybervision 64/3D Card produces garbled graphics, for repair Done
    CD32 FMV Module Card produces image with wrong colors, for repair Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Board does not boot, for repair Done
    Amiga 3000 motherboard Board has stability issues, for repair Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Board has stability issues, for repair Done
    A3640 card Upgrades and recapping Done
    Amiga 1200 motherboard Board does not boot, for repair Done
    BlizzardVision PPC Card produces graphics glitches, for repair Done
    A3640 card Card does not boot, for repair Done
    EZ-VGA scandoubler Scandoubler does not produce valid image, for repair Done
    Apollo 1260 card Card does not boot, for repair Done
    DCE Scan Magic scandoubler Scandoubler does not produce valid image, for repair Done
    CD32 motherboard Board does not produce audio, for repair Done
    CD32 motherboard Board does not produce audio, for repair Done
    Apollo 4040 Upgrade from 68040 to 68060 Done
    Amiga 4000 motherboard Battery damage, board does not boot, for repair Done
    Amiga 4000 motherboard Board does not boot, for repair Done
    Amiga 600 motherboard Board does not boot, for repair Done
    Amiga 600 motherboard Board produces image with wrong colors, for repair Done
    Cyberstorm MK2 68040 Upgrading from 68040 to 68060 Done
    Amiga 2000 motherboard Board does not detect Zorro cards, for repair Done
    Cyberstorm PPC PPC processor upgrade Done
    A3640 card Recap and upgrade Done
    A4000D motherboard Recap Done
    A3000T motherboard Battery damage repair Done
    A600 motherboard Recap and removing RF module Done
    Cyberstorm PPC Repair Done
    GVP A1230 Jaws II Removing processor sockets Done
    DKB Wildfire Repair Done
    A3000T motherboard Battery damage repair Done


    Any questions? Send me a PM.
    Last edited by hese; 6th April 2019 at 16:11.

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    What do you think might be wrong with this Picasso IV board? Board looks okay but this is the output it gives.... fixable?
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    Hi, i recommend, perfect work, resurction of my a4000 with acid leak

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    Well, if anyone should still hesitate despite his references and reputation,allow me to assure you that 'hese' is the to-go-to person for all your hardware problems and services. He's done an amazing job on my A4000D boards, gave very good feedback, priced his services fair and transparent and even surprised me with pretty fast processing. I'm certain there's quite a few dedicated repair-guys and -gals out there, breathing life back into crippled Amiga hardware - but sadly a lot of them eventually fall flat in either feedback, pricing or speediness.

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    Thank you for the feedback, Hyotenka and turican5. Glad to be of service

    I've added an option to replace overheating PAL chips of A3000 motherboard with cooler running replacement parts.

    As a side note, received a BVision PPC card that had a capacitor and it's pads ripped off. No repair too small...

    Before repair


    After repair


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    Hi I have an amiga 3000 motherboard for repair I have tried new chips everything. And no luck the Paula and Denise chips have soldered on the motherboard due to heavy battery corrosion leaks also traces has been repaired underneath and top of the motherboard new kickstart ROMs and and new battery fitted but still no luck just a black screen with waves of green slightly can I be possible for you to repair this for me if I can have a price to get this rework done that will be great thanks mark

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    Yes, I can give it a shot. A3000 motherboards are the most troublesome to repair when it comes to battery damage. Once I fixed a battery damaged A3000 that had leak (sticky gooey) practically under every chip on the left-hand side of the motherboard (Amber, Agnus, Paula, chip ram, ... side). Each chip (50 or so chips) had to be removed, board cleaned and corroded traces fixed. Not for the faint-hearted...

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    Default Amiga CD32 repaired and recapped

    Amiga CD32 motherboard was received for repair and recapping. A few capacitors had begun to leak on the board. Some of the smd capacitors had been removed in previous repair attempt and a few pads lifted off the board in the process.


    One trace under C854 was corroded broken due to capacitor leak and a few more around C864 and C890 were also damaged. Capacitor area was cleaned, reinforced with solder and broken trace repaired.


    Missing pad repaired and new capacitors installed.


    Finished board.


    - - - Updated - - -

    Amiga CD32 FMV module for recapping. The capacitors had not leaked on the board yet so the task was simply to replace the capacitors with new. The board was recapped with non-leaking polymer capacitors.


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    Default Cyberstorm PPC upgrade

    Cyberstorm PPC card arrived for a PPC processor upgrade. The CSPPC originally ran at 68060@50MHz and PPC 604e@233MHz. The PPC processor was replaced with a 400MHz version and processor speeds set to 68060@66MHz and PPC 604e@400MHz.

    Before upgrade


    After upgrade

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    GBA Turbo card and some parts sent to Hese today for assembly

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