Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

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I bought this machine recently and found something odd. Have any of you seen this before?

EDIT: Would it cause the boot screen in the second image?

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

That's basically a piece of stray metal kinda-sorta floating around in there randomly shorting things out here and there. It is a grounding clamp from the older Disk II drives. It also acted as a strain relief.

Hopefully it didn't short anything to the point of permanent damage.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

The seller said it was "Clipped onto" the logic board. Unfortunately they tested the machine like this. I'm betting they killed it but won't know until it arrives.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

I don't see how it could be secured in place. Doesn't make sense. And why? But then the stupidity of some sellers is endless.

Dare I hope they unplugged the cards and wrapped them individually so they don't flop around and weaken the slots?

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

From what I could tell from the photo, the metal piece looks like a ribbon cable attachment meant to hold
a card's ribbon cable to the back of an Apple ii+ iie case.
It appears because it is metal it is making contact with your logic board.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

Pretty sure I just said that..

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

I guarantee what Ketah said is 100% true. It is always good to pop the cover and check what's inside before powering up. I could write a book of things I found under the covers of old Apples I bought on eBay.

You might be surprised. some the logic chips are alot more resilient that you think.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

Thanks for the advice and help everyone.

The machine should arrive today or given the season perhaps Monday. I'll be doing inspection/cleaning/testing and will let you know what I find out.

Maybe I'll be lucky. I just completely rebuilt an Amiga 2000 with serial number 86 that has the rarest SCSI card in the Amiga world inside and just as I was completing the tests on it a capacitor in the PSU popped and that was that. I really do hate that smell...

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

Thanks Jay. I believe it. I always fully break-down/inspect/clean and then test any machine I acquire. I cringe when an ignorant seller states "Powers on" in the ad hoping for more money than saying "Unknown Condition".

I tend to lurk late at night and look for stupidly cheap "Buy It Now" bundles of computer equipment newly posted by sellers who usually have plates and dolls listed. I snap them up and am perhaps 80% in the luck dept. Unfortunately shipping damage is around the same percentage.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

Turns out this was exactly what some here suggested it would be. It's the cable clip from some board. It's so very light and appears to not have done any damage. The machine starts fine.

Of the three IIe machines I received one is good, one had the case smashed in shipping and shows a RAM error and one has a dead PSU but works fine.

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Re: Metal clip on IIe logic board. Any ideas?

Yup. Certain models of the II have good memory, others not so good.

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