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« on: January 30, 2006, 11:28AM »
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Hi Robert / Mike / Ismenio, 

Thanks indeed for these messages! 

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Chris. Do you think you could repair my nearly dead Phantom with the one light that comes on , please?



Unlucky Mike,  if the problem was that only one light didn't come on, I might be able to help!   

However,  I will gladly look at any problems with non-working robot arms on Novag machines (free of charge!) - my new specialist area !    (btw - congratulations to Christian on having not 1 but 2 robots!  )

Interesting that there seem to be different sized boxes depending on country of origin (I thought they were just badged differently). Having said that there was an awful minute when I didn't think your replacement would fit in my box!


Regarding the queen odds games, I have had a mishap with my palm which reset itself for some unknown reason - I lost a couple of games that I hadn't got round to upload to my PC. In celebration, I shall conclude the mini-match against the Novag D2 with my now functioning Boris Walnut (after all it has the same program as the Diplomat?)

Many thanks again! 

Ismenio:

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Tell me something. Do you feel that this Boris is even more endearing and valuable to you because of the effort you put forth in working on it? I have that feeling about the ones I have fixed! I can't put a dollar value on that!



Yes, I think you are quite right  - Although it may not have been 'brain surgery' there is a great sense of achievement in repairing or getting someting to work that didn't do so previously, especially given the age of some of these computers. The Boris 'Walnut' was one of my favourites before and is more so now! 

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Re:Boris Transplant - pictoral record!
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2006, 11:39PM »
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Well done Chris. It is a pleasure to see the old fella in his new body.

A German guy sent him to me in a very badly reconstructed Boris box. I think that the electronics had failed way back in the past and for some obscure reason he had taken the whole thing to bits and put in the new electronics. However that turned out to be a bad idea and I couldn't get it back together in acceptable shape. Like some alien spirit on Startrek the old fella has been waiting for the right body to happen by ever since.

In the last couple of days I have discovered that Boris's actually come in different size boxes. I have an American one which has a noticeably taller box than a German one. Whether this would make any difference to exchanging the innards I doubt, but it had me wondering.

Excellent, I am chuffed.

Chris. Do you think you could repair my nearly dead Phantom with the one light that comes on , please?

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2006, 07:10PM »
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Very well done Chris! 
Congratulations! And thanks for sharing that with us! Great stuff.



Tell me something. Do you feel that this Boris is even more endearing and valuable to you because of the effort you put forth in working on it? I have that feeling about the ones I have fixed! I can't put a dollar value on that!

Highest regards!

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 05:07AM »
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Long (but interesting!) posting, short answer:

Congratulations!!!


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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 04:50AM »
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Hi All, 

Those following some other threads will know that Mike kindly sent me the innards of a spare Boris he had to see if I could use them to replace my own damaged Boris (which had fallen victim to the dreaded screen burn-out!). I was apprehensive given that I really am not skilled at all in 'electronic DIY' (or indeed any other form of DIY for that matter  ).

To accord with the rules of the forum  I compiled a full pictoral account of this delicate operation - at least it might help a fellow 'nervous ninny' who has a similar problem (and can learn from my mistakes!)


A last picture prior to the operation....





You can just perhaps see the source of my problem  - the  display should read d2-d4 00, but in this example  (d shows as b due to screen damage) making it difficult to tell what move has been played

Anyway, onto the procedure..... nurse,  - screwdriver, pliers, scalpel...




Step 1:

The first job was to try and prize the new innards from Mike's excellent packaging......








Step 2:

Having plucked up the necessary courage... next job was to take out the four screws at the edges of the front panel, the front panel just lifts off (though you don't really need to take it off for this operation as the whole unit is being swapped):







Step 3:

Before trying to lift out the unit, you need to release the power connector socket (aka 'hole where the power supply wire goes' in my technical language) at the rear of the box (in the middle towards bottom of box in photo below) . I eased off the nut and washer (sitting on the unit in the photo below) with a pair of pliers:










Step 4:
Gently lift out the unit (guts) from the box  - not forgetting which unit is which! (no going back now!)








Step 5
You need to feed the power cable of the replacement unit back through the hole at the back of the box as in the picture below:







All had gone well so far but here is where I made my first mistake...Can anyone tell from the picture below of the power cable on Mike's replacement unit why 'numpty Chris' now spent the next 15 minutes getting increasingly stressed and angry?.......  >:(












Yes of course, easy now... I was trying to push the cable home without realising that Mike had safely left the nut and washer on the new unit, no wonder it wouldn't fit in the hole!! Doh!    (I wasn't joking when I said I was inept!)









I still found the cable difficult to push home (it seemed easiest when I aligned the Boris parallel to the hinges on the box). Having achieved this, I found that every time I now tried to lower the new unit into the box the power cable kept popping out of the hole!! This again was a stress inducer .... >:(    ...as evidenced by the obligatory camera shake 









However, herein was my second mistake, I eventually realised that of course you first need to secure the cable by re-attaching the washer and nut on the outside of the box!! 

Once I had overcome these self-induced obstacles it was an easy matter to lower Mike's unit back into the box and reinsert the four holding screws.


Final job (after about an hour's work!) the grand switch on.......









I have to say I was a little surprised (and although it sounds silly) more than a little chuffed to find the Boris now working perfectly!!!!   


Many thanks indeed Mike ! 


'It lives. It lives' regards


Chris

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