[sdiy] Screwed Up LCD Pic? - And East Coast Environment Destroys Gear

Scott Nordlund gsn10 at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 15 08:35:25 CET 2008

I lived for years in Charleston, SC (which I expect would be more humid than central NC) without any of the problems that you describe.  Of course I've never owned a harpsichord, but I wouldn't expect it to self-destruct.  I also never had to worry about ESD.

Also I hate to say it, but if you're depending on such old computers
for important tasks, maybe you should get out of the 80's.  I know it's
a taboo subject for anyone who likes playing with old gear, but doing
anything that depends on floppy disks isn't really a great idea if and
when there are practical alternatives available.

About the LCD thing, early LCDs (70's era particularly) were kind of unstable and tended to die like that.  Storage in high-heat environments or exposure to sunlight were/are big risk factors.  It's probably not attributable to humidity.   It may also be a problem with one of the polarizing plastic layers becoming un-stuck or degrading.  You could replace the LCD (if you can find the part), or, again, get out of the 80's.

> Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:23:05 -0500
> From: ken.elhardt at gmail.com
> To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> Subject: [sdiy] Screwed Up LCD Pic? - And East Coast Environment Destroys	Gear
> After moving from Southern California to North Carolina, I've had a
> number of strange things happen to various pieces of gear.  Just a few
> days ago I discovered my biggest loss: Two Franklin Ace 1000 (Apple II
> compatible) computers ruined because every single key on both of them
> went bad.  Four Apple II compatible floppy drives tried with two
> different controller cards and not a single one would boot up from a
> number of different disks.  S-50 sampler disk drive goes flakey with
> disk errors when it hasn't even been used (afraid to try my Atari St
> drives), finish on piano module ruined by some kind of mold, almost
> all the keys on my harpsichord don't pop up after being pushed down,
> camcorder problems, laser printer, and so on.  You don't use something
> so preserve it, and instead it stops working while just sitting there.
>  What a hole this place is for modern living.
> Below is a picture of another one of those problems I'd like an
> explanation for.  I bought this expensive West German multimeter about
> 25+ years ago and it's been fine all that time until about a year ago,
> when I go down to my family room to grab it to measure something and
> the LCD display is totally screwed up.  I don't get it.  What causes
> this?  Is it fixable or does it need to be replaced to fix it?
> http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p122/Elhardt/Misc/Multimeter.jpg
> -Elhardt
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