Amiga recapping in fact anything made before the year 2000 including other great computers and consoles like Atari, Apple, Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad, Sega and Nintendo is something that needs to be done, it’s as simple as that, just like your car or gas boiler needs a service and certain parts that need replacing. When Commodore created the Amiga family of computers and consoles (in fact any manufacture) never envisaged that the Amiga computer will still be actively used to this very day.
The design and manufacturing was to be made as cheap as possible so there was no serious thought on the quality of components that was used. They were fit for purpose but the issue in particular are the surface mount capacitors.
These SMD capacitors in the Amiga including Atari, Apple. Sega and Nintendo are electrolytic which in fact have a liquid inside called electrolyte however with age (even if the computer or console is not used) these will start to leak.
Now it’s not always easy to see the leakage as sometimes the leak is under the capacitor itself, and you won’t see it, but the majority of the time there can be visible clues, for example the solder is dull and has a green tinge to it, or simply the capacitor falls off!
We are able to provide recapping services for and not limited to the following makes and computers and consoles (e have also done mixers and sound amps).
Commodore Amiga (all modules), Commodore 64 (all models), ZX Spectrum (all models), Amstrad CPC, Sega Master System, Sega Megadrive, Nintendo NES and Super Nintendo
We are adding more services to our website, if you make or model is not listed simply contact us for a quote.
There are are a few things to try:
- Clean the A1200 expansion connector with IPA or you can use a pencil rubber.
- Make sure the expansion connector as beveled and not a straight edge connector
- Push the card in all the way and then pull back out by 1mm.
- Make sure the basic timing fix has been applied by checking under the A1200 board (near the PCMCIA socket) capacitors E123C & E125C have been removed.
- Make sure you are using one of the following kickstart ROMS – 3.1, 3.1.4, 3.2 or 3.9 (not compatible with 3.0).