I'm deep into a repair + restoration project on an Apple IIe, and while I'm making great progress, I've run into a problem:
I just recapped the Disk II drive, lubricated all the moving parts, etc. However, now when I power up the Apple IIe with a ‘known good’ boot disk in the drive (I have several boot disks I’m testing with), the disk spins and I get the classic “rattle” of the read/write heads shuddering back and forth, but that’s it - no further movement and no data being read. Even weirder: The disk motor spins continuously when it's powered up, whether or not there's actually a disk inserted. Strange!
On the assumption that I goofed something up with the recap work (I’m new at this!), I went back and double-checked everything I did, and as best I can tell, it looks solid. I ‘reflowed’ the soldering I’d done to ensure good connections, and also double-checked that all the capacitors I installed are oriented correctly.What are some good next steps towards getting this drive working again?
I made a short video to show what I'm seeing - here's the link:
Thanks for any tips or suggestions!