What is recapping?
As the Amiga computer age the capacitors will be prone to leaking over time, remember these are 20 plus years old so it’s a good preventative measure to replace the capacitors as once they leak they will eat through the copper circuitry and cause either permanent damage or an expensive repair job. click this link to read a more detailed explanation.
So in short what issues could cause:
- Sound problems
- Random rebooting
- Guru Errors
- Non booting
- Floppy fails to work & then black screen.
- Slow switching on
Whats included in the service (Detailed)?
Check of the board before recapping is begun
Before any work is started a full board check is done, if there are faults found i will contact you before recapping is done.
Removal of existing capacitors (both SMD and radial capacitors)
Professional tools and methods are used in removing capacitors, especially SMD components so either hot air or soldering tweezers are used, along with materials like solder flux are used to aid removal. this by far is the best way to remove the capacitors as you don’t add any stress to the solder pads underneath (if using other methods you risk pulling up a solder pad and some of the track if your very unlucky).
Cleanup and preparation of area
When the old capacitors are removed it will leave behind flux but also if they have leaked there will also be dried electrolyte on the board (you will smell a fishy smell if capacitors have leaked when removing) so the area is fully cleaned up with flux remover, IPA and then deionized water.
Replace using Panasonic capacitors
Yes I only use Panasonic capacitors, there are other makes like but thats my personal preference.
Retest (Video, Audio, Floppy Boot, CF Card boot, Mouse and Joystick port)
When retesting I plug in a floppy drive and a CF card to make sure the Amiga boots from both, I then test the sound from a selection of my favorite games (Cannon fodder, Chaos Engine or Micro machines) as I know what these should sound like and what channel the samples come from. I don’t charge extra for testing your board if I get into a game!