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Lexicon 960L with SSD and faster CPU
Old 23rd March 2019
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There's quite a few Aussie GS'ers although most of them are slipping my mind at the moment.

@ psycho_monkey used to be in Australia (I think he's back in London now) but being a mix engineer maybe he can plug you into some guys who might be able to help you or some repair places for Lexicon over there
I’m still in sydney. No plans to head back to London other than for the odd visit!

First place I’d contact for advice would be Steve Crane at Studios 301, 2nd place would be Rob Squire at proharmonic in Adelaide (I doubt he does lexicon himself but I’d bet he knows where could) and 3rd I’d contact Mick at Mixmasters. If none of those could help, you’re probably out of luck!
Old 23rd March 2019
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Also @ Michael Carnes was part of the original team for the Lexi 960. I don't think he worked on hardware, just algorithms (I might be wrong) but he might be able to point you towards someone from the hardware side who might be able to help your tech troubleshoot.
Old 23rd March 2019
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I’m still in sydney. No plans to head back to London other than for the odd visit!
Sorry about that - I think I'm getting my Aussies confused...damn, I think that was Chrisso...

Sorry about that!
Why I even remember this stuff amazes me. I can barely remember the code to to my house alarm.
Old 24th March 2019
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Sorry about that - I think I'm getting my Aussies confused...damn, I think that was Chrisso...

Sorry about that!
Why I even remember this stuff amazes me. I can barely remember the code to to my house alarm.
You are correct there!
Old 24th March 2019
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Also @ Michael Carnes was part of the original team for the Lexi 960. I don't think he worked on hardware, just algorithms (I might be wrong) but he might be able to point you towards someone from the hardware side who might be able to help your tech troubleshoot.
Hi all. I got an email about this thread, so I'll hop in briefly. You're correct in that my work on the 960L was DSP and OS. I did a lot of work during board bringup, but that's a lot different from being a hardware designer. I'm in touch with only a couple of the people who worked on the hardware side and they've expressed zero interest in having anything to do with it. Add that to the fact that all of this work was nearly 20 years ago. I suspect that those of you who are diving into the device now are now more familiar with it than those of us who worked on it.

The 960L was designed to take advantage of low-cost PC hardware and it was intended that we'd periodically refresh it as that hardware advanced. Unfortunately, Harman cut that effort off after only a couple of years. So what you're left with is a sort of time capsule. It's really too bad. We worked really hard on that thing and it wasn't fun to see it orphaned.

But I am gratified to see that there's a small group of you who've been improving whatever you can. There's a lot you can do by replacing the bits you have been replacing. Often it's just a bit of BIOS-tweaking to make it happen. Other stuff isn't replaceable at all. There was a routing chip (two generations of it) that's gone away. The Lexichips of course haven't been made in years. As a matter of fact, the 960L would have died even sooner, but we found one last wafer of Lexichips. But we're probably already at the point that it may take a couple of cannibalized boxes to make one functional unit. We'd have reached this point eventually--no matter what--but I do wish we'd been able to do a couple of last spins of it.

So all I can do is wish you well. I'm glad to see you having success.
Old 24th March 2019
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Hi all. I got an email about this thread, so I'll hop in briefly. You're correct in that my work on the 960L was DSP and OS. I did a lot of work during board bringup, but that's a lot different from being a hardware designer. I'm in touch with only a couple of the people who worked on the hardware side and they've expressed zero interest in having anything to do with it. Add that to the fact that all of this work was nearly 20 years ago. I suspect that those of you who are diving into the device now are now more familiar with it than those of us who worked on it.

The 960L was designed to take advantage of low-cost PC hardware and it was intended that we'd periodically refresh it as that hardware advanced. Unfortunately, Harman cut that effort off after only a couple of years. So what you're left with is a sort of time capsule. It's really too bad. We worked really hard on that thing and it wasn't fun to see it orphaned.

But I am gratified to see that there's a small group of you who've been improving whatever you can. There's a lot you can do by replacing the bits you have been replacing. Often it's just a bit of BIOS-tweaking to make it happen. Other stuff isn't replaceable at all. There was a routing chip (two generations of it) that's gone away. The Lexichips of course haven't been made in years. As a matter of fact, the 960L would have died even sooner, but we found one last wafer of Lexichips. But we're probably already at the point that it may take a couple of cannibalized boxes to make one functional unit. We'd have reached this point eventually--no matter what--but I do wish we'd been able to do a couple of last spins of it.

So all I can do is wish you well. I'm glad to see you having success.

Thanks for the quick background on the 960 and the update on the status of the team who worked on it. I'll refrain from tagging you in the future! You're just the first person I think of when I think 960.

@ Deefern Any luck yet?
Old 12th April 2019
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Thanks for the quick background on the 960 and the update on the status of the team who worked on it. I'll refrain from tagging you in the future! You're just the first person I think of when I think 960.

@ Deefern Any luck yet?
Thanks ionian, no luck yet I am still looking. There is also another thought that if I could get a hold of another machine and go thru it step by step and find out what is the course of the problem is?
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Thanks ionian, no luck yet I am still looking. There is also another thought that if I could get a hold of another machine and go thru it step by step and find out what is the course of the problem is?
What is the issue? Does it boot up? If so you should be able to run the diagnostics. There is a simpler dianostiv test that runs onevery startup and other more extensive that you can run from the Larc or with a keyboard and display connected. Have a look in the manualunder diagnostics.

If it does not boot you have some problem with the motherboard. First thing to check is the battery, replace and reset cmos. If it doesn’t help, try and replace the motherboard. Shouldbe possible to find on ebay for a few bucks.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Hi, I am desperate need of help with my Lexi. After a few months in storage the lexi is dead, I took it to tech audio specialist and he sent me this report.

MAKE:Lexicon
MODEL: 960L plus LARC II Controller
SERIAL: L0807-3254
FAULT: Possibley Battery Flat, and lost its sound.
After you replace the button battery on the SBC, you need to re-set the bios.

Take the side panel off and hook up a VGA monitor and a PS-2 keyboard.

Then set the clock, boot order, no stop on keyboard fault, etc like on any older computer.

If all it was the battery, this will get you going.
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