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Old 04 October 2018, 16:00   #1
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Rapidroad Burnout?

Hiya folks, I was just wondering if they ever got to the bottom of the Rapidroad USB problem with them burning out? just that I really miss having one but after 3 of them failing on 2 different Amiga's I am unsure about spending such a large amount just incase they still have the problem.
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Old 09 October 2018, 22:31   #2
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Thought it was just me having that problem. I had one short out the 5v line causing the powersupply to reset every 2 seconds. Bought another just to have it not work after 3 weeks and finding the controller chip onboard getting red hot. Think im going to hold off also.

Is it just rapidroad or is it also Xsurf doing it?
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Old 10 October 2018, 20:25   #3
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was yours recently purchased? I am trying to work out if maybe there was a bad batch or something?
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Old 10 October 2018, 21:32   #4
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I bought one from Amigakit recently and couldn't get it to work no matter what I tried despite the white LED lighting correctly. I have since returned it hoping they can figure out whats wrong with it and possibly fix it.
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Old 17 October 2018, 10:28   #5
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Mine was bought about September but these don't exactly fly off the shelves, so it may be old stock as well. Bought one straight from icomp and one from amigakit same issue it crapped out... Surely they know something is up and will at least acknowledge it?
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Old 17 October 2018, 18:14   #6
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hmz i have 1 i havent used yet i hope its good
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Old 30 October 2018, 00:43   #7
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Out of the box it works fine, it will play nicely for 1-3 weeks then it just poofs and don't work. Once you crack your amiga open and take the plastic off of it you will notice the chip next to the clock-port plug is screaming hot when on unless it totally burns out.
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Old 30 October 2018, 09:57   #8
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Have you guys tried the official iComp support forum? I guess that would be a better approach then just come complaining here...
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Old 31 October 2018, 15:59   #9
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its more information gathering than complaining and as I have said yes I had one replaced under warrenty but nobody will admit there is a problem with them - its the only device of this kind and before i Shel out another 100 - 140 quid for one I want to be sure this issue has been addressed.
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Old 22 December 2018, 01:15   #10
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The one in my A1200 goes unused. I should take it out really but I'm fed up with keep unscrewing the case. The first one I had was OK but just would not work with stuff reliably except mice. I was trying to get a USB network card to work but it would work for a few seconds and then just start timing out. USB storage devices (USB sticks etc.) would do pretty much the same. As I had bought from Vesalia (I think) it fell to them to support (I didn't know this or I would have bought direct) but since they were on holiday, support was kindly given direct from iComp. I don't really have any complaints with the support I got other than things eventually just petered out and went unsolved.

My first board ended up dying when I connected it to a USB hub (which was one of the suggested fixes for the timeout issue). That board was swapped out but I still couldn't get the replacement to work properly. In the end iComp said it must be my machine and it was pretty much left like that.

Shame as what I really wanted was to get it working and buy another for my big box Amiga to get the two talking but not enough confidence in it for that.

This pretty much sums up my experience with Amiga add-ons full stop really. So far I've had:

Indivision CR v2 for A1200 - Arrived with a cable that was too short to reach the port on the back of the A1200. UK seller denied that could be the case (trust me, it was too short!). After modifying the cable with a scalpel I made it reach but in the end I went to a CRT monitor. It was just better and simpler. So the Indi is in a box on the shelf.

Elbox FastATA. (Think that's what it's called). Worked but it was a TERRIBLE fit. I had to put so much pressure on the thing I'm surprised it didn't break the motherboard. When it was in it ran so hot that even with a fan (that annoyed the hell out of me) I could still smell the hot plastic of the case. In the end, it wasn't worth it and it joins the ACA in a box on the shelf.

iComp ACA1233: OK, the one great thing that I'm happy with. Works like a charm.

iComp Rapid Road (see above). Will probably end up on the same shelf!

I'm am getting less and less likely to buy new hardware add ons the more that come out.
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Old 22 December 2018, 10:42   #11
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There is one rule regarding Rapidroad: Do connect USB equipment with its own power supply. You will fry your RR immediately. I am using my RR together with a Prisma Megamix music card both connected to a clockport expander. USB Sticks, a Webcam and even a slim CD ROM drive works nicely.

I have also killed two of those thingies. Once by connecting an external harddisk and another time by connecting a self powered hub.

FastATA should work nicely though, but you have to consider some stuff. First of all replace your kickstart sockets with precision sockets and use a riser kit to mount the FastATA in an angled position. You dont have to put no pressure at all. It just fits nicely under the keyboard. And there are also silent fans with low db. I have installed two into my upper case, which blow the heat outside of the machine. i can't almost hear them. (about 13db)

My point is: you have to invest some time and find out how to solve things correctly - i would even go as far and say that this applies to everything in our Amiga hobby.

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