Sep 25 2018 0

ZX Spectrum 48K (Issue 3B) with video issues (Part 1)

Time to try my luck on another ZX Spectrum repair, this time a ZX Spectrum 48K with an issue 3b motherboard.

The RF module has already been modified to output a composite signal, so it was easy to connect it to a TV set.

Composite mod on Issue 3B motherboardComposite mod on Issue 3B motherboard

This gave me the following picture. Not great…

Picture via compositePicture via composite

Connecting the ZX Spectrum to the TV using a ZX-HD HDMI Interface (available through ByteDelight) gives a complete different picture…

Picture via HDMIPicture via HDMI

NOTE: The two lower boxes move up one line shortly after displaying the initial image.

Looking at the motherboard there are additional modifications made to the board around the area where TR4 and TR5 are located.

Additional modifications to the motherboardAdditional modifications to the motherboard

This looks a lot different that some other pictures I have found of Issue 3B motherboards.

Standard(?) Issue 3B motherboardStandard(?) Issue 3B motherboard

Time to consult the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Service Manual (Spectrum For Everyone) for clues on what components to check and/or replace.

Hopefully I will find something on the modifications done to this particular motherboard as well…

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