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Ismenio
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« on: November 20, 2005, 02:31PM »
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Great job Mike! Can I bother you to send those pictures to me via email?

Interesting this hobby! How many of us have to resort to DYI projects to fix our own computers?   

Maybe we should start collecting something else 

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 12:02PM »
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.... never mind double vision, I think I have treble vision, are there really 3 of them in the picture!? 

Great picture, Mike!

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2005, 11:54AM »
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The repairs went well and the Sargon 2.5 ARB is 100% again. Though not without the odd hitch. One of the power input wires broke off with all the tugging and twisting, so it was out with the soldering iron. Does everybody do that sort of thing, or is it just me?

As promised an unusual sight :-



Three Auto Response Boards all playing at once. A sort of wood overdose.

The nearest one is the repaired ARB. The next one is a Grandmaster Series board using the 4.0 module, which has a stronger program and is more user friendly with features such as takeback, sound reduced or off, book practice mode etc. It is also a more responsive machine. The far one is another Sargon 2.5 ARB, which was the first one I acquired. It is also likely to be the one to go, as there is just not space here for three of these goliaths of early chess computing.

Alain good luck with your ARB repair.

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Mike
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2005, 09:59AM »
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Hello Olivier,

I saw it (I don't know why but I thought you were even closer, i.e. in Athis-Mons).

Thanks for the proposal !

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Re:The ARB Lives !
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2005, 08:45AM »
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Hello Alain,

If you need help to repair your ARB, you can see on Frappr that I'm not too far from you.

Bonne soirée,


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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2005, 03:42AM »
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Great  Mike !

you give me hope for my defective ARB 

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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2005, 01:20AM »
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Hi All

Three months ago I bought a defective Sargon ARB for 100 Euros.



The pieces looked nice and I thought it may come in handy for spares and just possibly could be mendable. As it turns out the board and pieces are very nice. The program module seems dead, but I do have a Sargon 2.5 spare.

This is it in its current state :-







Please excuse the fuzzy pictures. 

As you see it is comparitively simple and very easy to work on. For instance the LEDs and reed switches are easy to reach. The Fidelity Prestige must be similar though I hope I never have to take that one apart.

All that was wrong with this machine, apart from the program module, was the PCB which had come adrift and had a botched repair. Later I shall go down to the DIY store and get a few threaded spacers which will help make the board as secure as it has ever been.

Anyway, putting everything together temporarily I played a couple of games with it yesterday and it is in excellent working order. Hopefully when I get it back together again it will still be. If so I shall post a sight probably never seen before on the internet.

All the best
Mike

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