NVRAM resuscitation (Was Re: SPARCstation 20 with SCSI2SD)

Jeffrey S. Worley technoid6502 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 14:34:28 CST 2018

When I bought that Sparcstation 4/330 at Computer Parts Barn, the 48T02
was one of the problems with it.  The chip looks like a piggieback rom
encapsulated in epoxy.

I was not reinventing the wheel at the time, I think, because it was
the year 2000 or so, but I looked for a replacement and found them hard
to come by.  So, knowing the battery was most likely the fault, I went
about fixing that bit.

The battery accounts for the high profile.  You do not have to cut the
entire doggone batter off, the terminals are at one side, iirc, the
right-hand side if the notch is to your left.  It is high on the epoxy,
so all you need do is cut down an eighth of an inch in that region,
just shave that top edge until you expose the battery terminals.  I
forget how I determined the polarity of them, perhaps I plugged it into
the board after and tested the terminals for power, but all you do once
you've exposed the terminals is solder a power and a ground wire to
them and attach a 3volt battery.  I used a pack with two AA's, in a
case so they are user-replaceable.  They are probably STILL keeping
time in that machine, wherever DHS took it and my MEGA ST4 and DG
MV4000/dc...  That's another story.

So refurbishing these chips is a cakewalk, takes 15 minutes (the second
time 'round), and will work til' doomsday.

Best regards,


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