The Biggin Hill Omnibus

Tony Duell ard.p850ug1 at
Tue Feb 7 13:22:49 CST 2017

> I still remember the DEC field service tech repairing an RC11/RS64 fixed head disk
> drive with a bad motor.  He disassembled the drive to take out the spindle motor
> (which is also the platter spindle), sent it off to Appleton Electric Motors for new
> bearings, then put it all back together.  Worked just fine, didn't even lose any data.

I think I'd be the one who strips the motor, pulls off the old
bearings and presses on
the replacements.

> Clearly you're working at that level, which even by the standards of 1974 professional
> computer technicians is right at the top of the field.

But I've not learnt to swap oiut the alternator when I can't find the
tyre that is flat yet...


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