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  1. Yeah, I probably messed up something in the connection (had a switch inside there, etc). I tested this without the CV connected and it looked fine, but apparently I missed something. I removed all that stuff now to make the measurements easier, and now the voltages do actually look better. Unfortunately the screen is still exactly as in the videos uploaded above... Here's the measurement photo story, all with CV turned on 5.1V directly at the PSU: 5.1 directly after the cords: 4.9V at the board entry point: 4.8V at the VDP area:
  2. I tried to do that, but actually, the voltage drop from entry point to VDP area is not a lot (~0.05V). Rather the whole rail drops from ~4.8V to ~4.5V when the VDP is inserted (measured directly at the chokes).
  3. I connected the positive lines to the corresponding chokes (even put some solder on the pin to remove oxidation, but didn't change anything) and GND to the ground rail via a soldered wire at the side. The effects were fairly similar with the original PSU connected via the official plug the last time I checked. Voltage measurement at pin 9 of the VRAM chips, amp draw according to PSU: With VDP: ~4.5V / ~0.7A Without: ~4.8V / ~0.4A
  4. I just desoldered and socketed the VDP. Without the VDP, the voltage at pin 9 of the RAM chips is ~4.8V, with the VDP inserted it's dropping to ~4.5V. That's not a good sign I fear...
  5. The voltage exactly at the PSU stays at 5.0V. I measure ~4.6V at the L6 choke next to the switch and ~4.5V at PIN9 of the 4164 chips. The first measurement already confuses me a bit, because there is a more or less direct connection between PSU and the L6 coil...
  6. It had one on it. I removed it at some point because it made it hard to measure the pins, etc. Console was never turned on for more than 1-2 minutes since I removed it though. The videos I linked to are the BIOS "Insert cartridge" screen which appears when no game is inserted.
  7. Hey, after my last attempt to fix a CV (https://atariage.com/forums/topic/309666-colecovision-eating-vram-chips/), I had to pause the project for a while. Now I wanted to continue. The first time I plugged it in, it seemed to work nicely and I played my first round of Cosmic Avenger But then the screen garbled up more and more, and now it's garbage directly after turning it on (even after letting it cool down for a night). Other than in my previous problems, this does not look like a static memory problem anymore (both videos show what should be the static BIOS screen; no game inserted): https://streamable.com/k9rbat https://streamable.com/49y0ry To make sure it's no a problem with the power supply, I bridged the switch and hooked up the CV to my lab PSU. I find that there is still a pretty significant voltage drop on the 5V rail when turned on: OFF: 5.0V / 12.2V ON: 4.5V (0.69A) / 12.1V (0.07A) I checked components for heat with my finger, but the only thing that gets kind of hot is the VDP (not too bad though). I tried cooling it with a solid chunk of metal I put in the freezer for an hour, to see if there's maybe some heat-related issue, but it didn't seem to make any difference at all. Didn't see any reaction when adding/removing the cool metal while the CV was running. Does anyone have an idea what I could check next?
  8. What still scares me a bit that one of the RAM chips reported as bad after I moved it back from the CV into the C64. But maybe it was just by circumstance. Really don't know what would fry these chips with <5V if you guys say having A7 directly on VCC is fine.
  9. I think the part about the plug was the right hint. I bridged the switch again and connected the lab PSU directly with the board. CV start up nicely most of the time. I cleaned the plug of the original PSU thoroughly with contact cleaner and I feel like it made it better. But I can reproduce the error by fidgeting around with the ground or 12V pin of the plug.
  10. I cleaned it with contact cleaner, but didn't solder it out to take it apart. I soldered a bridge across the 5V line though: gave me maybe 0.1V more on the board, but errors were still the same. Plug is good point, I didn't think of that yet. I hooked up my lab PSU to the pints in the plug, maybe I should try connecting it directly to the board.
  11. Maybe. I have to see if I find a cooling spray or something to test. But the first time I was bad immediately after turning it on after a night, so the VDP shouldn't have been particularly hot.
  12. What also makes me question a broken bus line is that I twice had the effect that everything worked fine after putting in new chips. Then went bad again after turning on/off a couple of times without moving. Could of course be that the physical force when inserting chips closes a loose connection for a while, but seems like a rather big coincidence to me.
  13. Thx for the quick replies! I know the Console5 site, this is the stuff I checked 3 times now. But I guess I will do pass #4 over the weekend. Pin 1 is N/C, 8&9 are around 4.6V. What I don't understand though, is how a broken bus line could destroy the chips. Even if there would be a short somewhere, I don't see how this would happen. What chips are you typically using, @Ruggers Customs? Other things I tried but forgot to add above: - Test voltages with everything socketed removed (VRAM, SRAM, ROM). Voltage slightly higher (~4.7V), but still rather on the low end. - Test with lab PSU to make sure it's not the CV PSU. But basically the same.
  14. Hey everyone! I'm currently trying to repair a ColecoVision and my Google searches make me believe that this is the forum where the experts reside Originally the CV just produced a black screen and made a weird droning noise. I found that one of the SRAM chips and one of the DRAM chips had heavily corroded legs. I also checked all the busses with my logic analyzer. CPU-side looked normal to me, but the data bus of the VDP just remained low aside from a couple of quick bursts at the beginning. So I decided to change all the RAM chips and do the 5V mod along the way. The solder at the legs of the corroded DRAM chip unfortunately was like stone and I did not manage to get it out without destroying a couple of traces and had to add a couple of botch wires. (Overall I have to say the CV is the worst soldering experience I had so far, I constantly have to work with 400dC+ and still have a hard time getting the solder to meld). Added the new chips (SRAM: Intel SAB2114PTL, DRAM: TI TMS4164-20NL), powered on the console and... garbled graphics... But well, clear improvement over a black screen. First thing I thought is that I didn't solder properly somewhere. In the meantime, however, I checked for continuity and shorts 3 times and am fairly certain that everything is connected properly. So I assumed that maybe one of the DRAM chips was bad and replaced them one by one. Replaced the 4th, and.... SUDDENLY THE PICTURE LOOKED PERFECT! YAY!!! Until I tried to switch it on again the next day. Back to garbled graphics... Coincidentally I also had a C64 with bad memory laying around, so I replaced the chips in there with sockets, added a new batch of my TMS4164 and ran a RAM tester for a couple of passes - it did not find any problems. Then I moved the whole batch of tested chips into the CV. Turned it on and... everything was fine again! Until I tuned it off and on a couple of times. Back to garbled graphics... So I moved the whole batch from the CV into the C64 and reran the RAM test. And this time, one of the chips reported as bad. This makes me think that the CV kills the chips somehow. Voltages at the chips are too low rather than too high for my taste: 4.5-4.7V when turned on. PSU when CV is turned off gives about 5.1V. I found someone else in this forum reporting the same voltage drop problems after doing the 5V RAM mod, but there was no resolution (I unfortunately can't find the post anymore). I checked for shorts and found that I have a resistance of about 340Ohms between GND and +5V, which seemed weird to me. But according to this post, it seems to be normal. I did the 5V mod following this document. I'm not really comfortable with the A7 pin of the 4164 being connected directly to VCC. I'm not super experienced with electronics, but shouldn't there be a resistor inbetween to limit the current flow when pulling that pin high? Any ideas about what might be going on are highly appreciated!
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