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« on: October 04, 2011, 01:22:32 PM »

Just arrived today Smiley
Will post when I get the internal drive up and running. Hope theres something on it!
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 08:09:17 AM »

Wow you lucky dog! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 08:02:27 PM »

So far, this is what I've found:

Hard drive interrupter mechanism shot. Sending to Seagate for possible repair/recovery. (not optimistic about the outcome) Installed CF drive.

All internal ribbon cables either completely shot or very close to it. Replaced all.

Power supply not functioning correctly. Replaced with a 'spare'.

Something burnt out on CPU card (not sure what yet), replaced card with 'spare' for now.

Something burnt out on 3rd card from bottom of cage (not sure what yet), replaced card with 'spare' for now.

Bunch of memory IC's blown. Replaced memory as needed.

5 bad voices. Were already disabled.

Back light out. Not going to bother with that one.

Other than that, it seems to work fine!   Wink



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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2011, 01:58:30 AM »



Other than that, it seems to work fine!   Wink





 Cheesy Cheesy Roll Eyes

How much did you pay for it?
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011, 04:47:07 AM »

That's not good! Sad
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 02:12:12 PM »

I'd like to know how someone can mess up an EIII like that.

I hope this is not something that happened 'spontaneously' wiithout someone screwing with the machine.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 04:03:13 PM »

I'd like to know how someone can mess up an EIII like that.

I hope this is not something that happened 'spontaneously' wiithout someone screwing with the machine.


That's what I thought....
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2011, 11:31:54 AM »

It looks as if the SCSI cable to the external interface shorted out on something. It was bare and melted in a couple of places. That probably did all of the damage at once. It looked fairly catastrophic.

Another thing is the age of it. It's an early machine for sure. It's been serviced in the very early 90's (service notes), and there are no factory stickers on the back. No serial number. No model number. Also it has one of those huge early hard discs. All of the internal ribbons were really brittle and were physically worn from abrasion.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2011, 03:57:44 PM »

wow.
are you really planning to get it to life again, ore are you considering it as collectors item which it shurely is VERY much of, and keep it a it is?

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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 06:47:56 AM »

I had it working yesterday, you know like loading banks, playing sounds etc, but I think I am just going to be displaying it when I have my studio space all done. I'll leave it be I think. I'd rather it stay original than be a different machine on the inside. Hard core Mode fan till the end I guess   Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2011, 07:03:17 AM »

I have to disagree with you on not bringing it back to life. When Alan used it, it was alive.
To leave it off in the corner as some type of non working museum piece is a waste of the spirit of DM IMHO.
I can guarantee everytime you tell someone, the conversation will most likely go like this....
"off in the corner is an EMU EMULATOR lll once used by Alan Wilder"
"does it work?"
"no"
"oh, that's a shame!"

Working Elll's are becoming harder and harder to get, and to have one once owned and used by Alan is a treasure.
Please bring it back to working status and let it sing once again. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 04:24:36 PM »


Yeah, I couldn't walk away from it. The EIII is now completely repaired and upgraded. I used the CF drive from another project and fixed everything else. It is 100% now with all voices working. I just stuck the original HD back in for nostalgia.

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I have to disagree with you on not bringing it back to life. When Alan used it, it was alive.
To leave it off in the corner as some type of non working museum piece is a waste of the spirit of DM IMHO.
I can guarantee everytime you tell someone, the conversation will most likely go like this....
"off in the corner is an EMU EMULATOR lll once used by Alan Wilder"
"does it work?"
"no"
"oh, that's a shame!"

Working Elll's are becoming harder and harder to get, and to have one once owned and used by Alan is a treasure.
Please bring it back to working status and let it sing once again. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 01:51:18 PM »

Did you happen to come across some famous sounds on the original hard drive?
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2011, 03:38:31 AM »

Thank you for nursing him back to health! I'd give you a kiss if I could!
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2012, 04:35:46 AM »

Was it belonging to Bin-laden, or what ?  Grin

If you still need help, can you start a new thread with this and write down what is still wrong with it ?
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