First post, by britain4
Just stumbled across a large job lot of computers and parts which were stored in a barn for many years - there are some signs of corrosion to the ports etc on the outside but no visible damage to the PCBs on the inside.
So far I’ve tried a working and mint Maxi Gamer Voodoo 3D card found in there, a P200MMX which seems completely dead (no POST and doesn’t get warm) and a Compaq Deskpro which doesn’t POST at all, only powers on with no display. The Voodoo card has already made it worth the effort picking the stuff up but it would be a shame if that’s all I could get working out of the piles and piles of stuff.
What troubleshooting steps should I be taking to try and get this stuff working again or is it likely to be a lost cause having sat in a damp environment for such a long time? The guy said some of the computers did power on and he’s sold those already, and hasn’t attempted at all to repair the ones that didn’t POST.
Apart from some minor corrosion to the contacts on the RAM sticks I honestly can’t see any signs of damage at all inside the systems.
- P-MMX 200MHZ, PCChips M598LMR, Voodoo
- P-MMX 233MHz, FIC PA2013, S3 ViRGE + Voodoo
- PII 400MHz, MSI MS6119, ATI Rage Pro Turbo + Voodoo2 SLI
- PIII 1400MHz, ECS P6IPAT, Voodoo5 5500
- Toshiba Libretto 110CT, 300MHz, 96MB RAM