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#361714 - 02/18/13 02:43 PM G-800: need help to fix
rustcat Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/03/01
Posts: 5
Looking for some expert guidance on fixing my keyboard. For some reason, my precocious nephew opened it up a few years ago (can't recall why) and since then it has developed a myriad problems.

Floppy disk drive is not recognized, doesn't power up consistently, all keys have a spooky-wavy sound upon startup, pitch bender doesn't work, etc. I can always power it up by unplugging and plugging back one of the white connectors to the mother board. The spooky-wavy aspect goes away when I turn on and then turn off the GM mode.

I'm hoping the silver lining is that it is a few (or one?) connection that may causing all of these problems. I developed a whole bunch of neat styles and sounds on this which I'd love to re-discover. Used to be an old software package someone had written once where I could organize performance memories on the laptop - this was just the most awesome piece of s/w ever written.

Anyway, if anyone has suggestions on what to look for with these symptoms and how to fix it without breaking the bank? I've seen some being sold for $400-500, but would rather just fix my baby.

IMO, the G-800 still had the best UI for live performances, i.e., changing PMs and styles on the fly - smooth. The G-1000 was a let down. Don't know much about the latest ones out there.

Please email to as I have a lot of catching up to do here.

Cheers then,


#361778 - 02/19/13 11:48 AM Re: G-800: need help to fix [Re: rustcat]
rustcat Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/03/01
Posts: 5
Just checking to see if my previous query is visible to all?

#361821 - 02/19/13 11:12 PM Re: G-800: need help to fix [Re: rustcat]
Nigel Offline

Registered: 06/01/98
Posts: 6228
Loc: Ventura CA USA
Yes it is Viper. Hopefully someone will be able to help.

#362352 - 03/01/13 05:48 AM Re: G-800: need help to fix [Re: rustcat]
Bill Lewis Online   content
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Registered: 11/12/08
Posts: 2047
Loc: Bluffton/Hilton Head SC USA
Where are you located? There are two places here in NJ. Central Jersey Electronics in Edison and Triple S in Bloomfield. Personally I'd look at a new BK5 or BK7M before dumping a few hundred into a G800. Sorry you don't like the G1000 as much as I have two for sale.

Good Luck
Bill in SC --- Roland BK9 (2) Roland PK5 Pedals, Roland FP90, Roland CM30s, JBL Eon Ones (2) , EV mics, Apple iPad (2) Behringer DJ mixer


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