Synclavier II restoration and upgrade

Page 2
of a pictorial record of the restoration of a Sync II in June 2005


Step 6.
Let the machine breathe.
1U vent fitted

Step 7.
Fit runner guides for the card racks. The original Sync II had no runners and shorter racks.

Step 8.

The runners now accept the replacement new-style 25-way CPU rack. This accepts more cards than the original rack and allows us to upgrade to the latest processor and software.



Step 8a.
The CPU bin can be accessed easily for upgrade and service using the drive runners and the rear can be accessed without removing the rear panels

Step 9. The later style FM bin is slid in on its runners above the CPU rack This bin allows us to upgrade the system to the later FM stereo system should we wish to. It also works with the original mono FM.

Step 9a
A rear view of the two main racks showing the massive DC power cables. Synclaviers are built to very high specification and fully spec'd can require substantial power. The Synclavier philosophy is over-rate everything so that nothing is strained.
The discolouring of the rear is a normal production side effect and is not a result of wear or repair.


The next stage is to supply some power to the system for initial testing and diagnostics.

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