Digital Rainbow PC100B Power Supply

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Digital Rainbow PC100B
Preliminary Information
Release Year 1982
Leak Risk Unknown
Batteries None
Mounting Technology Through Hole
Capacitor Types Aluminum Electrolytic?
Destructive Entry No

The Digital Equipment Corporation Rainbow PC100 is an odd amalgamation of a VT100, Z80-based CP/M computer, and early DOS PC. It has both a Z80 and Intel 8088 CPU on the same motherboard and the system ROM also supports running as a VT100.

Known Issues

Symptom or Problem Encountered

The circuit breaker immediately trips when power is switched on.


  • power transistor failed, shorting the 12V output to ground


  • Replace the failed transistor and also a diode array that had also failed-short

Disassembly Notes

It comes apart really simply. 4 screws to take the top of the case off, two more to detach the IEC socket, then disconnecting plastic connectors to be able to get to all of the screws holding the board down. There was one security Torx screws (size?), the rest are #2 Phillips.

The parts that went bad for me are circled in this picture:

Original Parts

Basic PCB Name

Note model numbers and board revisions here

Capacitor Specifications and Footprint Information
RefDes Qty Capacitance Voltage Mount Diameter/Size Temp Type Brand Series
0 µF
ICs Specifications and Footprint Information
RefDes Qty Part # Mount Type Brand Series
1 BUV48A TO-247-3
1 FE16C TO-220

Replacement Parts

Basic PCB Name

RefDes Qty Compatible Part Number Order Links
1 ST BUV48A Digikey Mouser LCSC
1 NTE6240

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