Get back to my parents-in-law house and my little, yellow and somewhat decomposed Amiga 1200. Not yet rotting, but not booming either. I mentioned non-so-responsive keyboard (I recall it has stopped working 10 years ago…), the mouse with no ball and a broken hard drive. Enough to be disheartened, but not now. Fight!
The thing I was certain about was the power supply. My brother did a great job in renovating it and I was sure the current is fine. I plugged the power cables, attached the keyboard (even though I knew it’s useless) and mount the floppy drive. As for the video output, I connected an old SVGA CRT monitor via the scan-doubler. The deficient mouse was also in place. Deficient but faithful :) Time to power on the stuff. With no fear.
Bummer. No famous fdd ‘click’, no video output, LEDs dark as hell. Not a good sign at all. Time to handle issues like a support engineer shall do.
I started with video. I searched vigorously for a tv cable, and luckily found one inside a box under closet. I connected an old tv to the modulator port and…
Hooray! Beautiful animation appeared on the screen. Scandex is dead apparently. And LEDs as well. Now what is wrong with the floppy drive… No ‘click’? How come? I’ve inserted a disk anyway, but nothing happened. Another dead horse?
Or maybe something wrong with the ribbon cable? I took a closer look but with no conclusion. Let’s try to invert connector then. Power off, power on… And it clicked again! What a relief.
One more episode to come…