Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Hanover, Pennsylvania
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I've got a McIntosh MS300 with the red blinking lamp, same as the Escient Fireball MX-750 but with the 300GB HD instead. Replaced the caps on the P/S recently. Evidently I didn't catch them early enough even though it remained unplugged since July 2014 and largely unused from 2009 till the PS was recapped. The Red Power LED is dimmer than those on my other McIntosh gear, I can't remember if it was brighter when new, it's been too long ago.
Voltages on the recapped PS check good. Grounds all check good. Optical and Hard Drives cycle and boot upon power up and using the power button hold 'til reset. No video or home screen output on any video outs, just the flashing red LED. I've checked all the internal and external cables, the IDE connections/cables/connections, voltages and grounds. Everything else looks good.
I'm thinking with the correct Golden CD, I might be able to get it to boot from the disc, as to not have to format or replace the drive then reinstall all my media again. I'm hoping the boot software is simply corrupted due to poor power supply regulation or voltages, maybe even from being disconnected and powered off too long. Once I get the unit going again, I plan to put in a 750MB or 1TB drive, ATA or SSD, depending on how stable the system is. I'd like to clone my existing files to the new larger HD to save a ton of time reinstalling and adding what presently amounts to over 1000 CD's, plus my other FLAC files.
I've tried booting the unit with the ethernet cable unplugged as well as plugged in;.. resetting the unit multiple times, power off sitting overnight, then letting it run for 24 hours. No luck. The fan doesn't come on either, neither do the Green or Yellow Ethernet lamps when any Ethernet cable is connected to my network router, or modem. The Red Digital (optical cable jack) glows on power up. I tested both main Voltage regulators on the motherboard U-44 and U-45. Both voltages read spot on, dead in the middle of the specs given and stable.
Not sure what else I can do without the proper Golden CD.I believe I have exhausted all the written material posted on the Escient and McIntosh units. I want to try doing cold boot with the Golden CD installed, boot from the optical drive first which works fine. I can access the little eject button easily by removing the Optical drive and sliding it back, then close it with a disc installed , power down then reboot. Of course some tied and true instructions with the Golden CD would be very helpful. As I understand it there are multiple levels of restoration and repair software on the Golden Disc.
I'm assuming the Golden CD is the same for all the escient E2-300 and Escient MX750 servers. If not let me know which Gold CD to look for. Any and all helpful suggestions will be very greatly appreciated.
I didn't join the AVS forums only for this issue, I've been meaning to join up for a while now, but just never got around to it till today. If I can help anyone else having Escient Fireball / McIntosh MS series music server issues, please feel free to contact me anytime.