I've been working on a project for a friend to create legit scans of manuals and new ADF files for all of my Earl Weaver Baseball collection
To our surprise, the manuals are nowhere to be found on the internet. I'll get into all of that later. In any case, I reached over to my A3000 last night to start the ADF creation process and turned it on.
The machine went to a gray screen and simply sat there. Unsettled, I turned it off and waited a moment then turned it back on.
I could hear the quiet fan purring and the hard drive LED flickered once but this time I had a black screen.
That sickening feeling hit my stomach and my head started to feel a bit heavy. It was like I'd just gotten a phone call about a family member who was in an accident and my brain couldn't process the news. I unplugged all unnecessary cables: GoTek external drive, parallel cable, SCSI cable, mouse, keyboard...
I got the gray screen one more time. At this point, every boot-up has always a black screen now.
Oh - when it was one of the gray screens I did reach back and flick the flicker fixer and could see it erase the scanlines or bring them back. The video appeared functional to a degree. She just won't wake up.
I guess once the depression ebbs away I'll open her up this weekend and see if anything obvious stands out. It kinda has that not-so-great feeling of something really failing, like a chip or possibly one of the tiny ZIP RAM chips I put on the motherboard over a year ago, or something. I thought I'd removed all of the corrosion on the motherboard but I'll re-check that area to see if any new green fuzz is trying to make a comeback (that would suck).
Anyhoo... for one of my favorite machines, which got near daily use before the Parceiro stole my attention, a moment of silence. Maybe she's just jealous and playing hard to get, fickle thing.