Now, I may be going a bit funny, but I've just opened up what looked to me like a virgin 1040STe and was wondering to myself what looked wrong. Took a second, but it appears that where the blitter chip is there's just an empty space. I've compared it to another STe I've got knocking around and this appears to be the only difference. Machine was previously working fine!
It shows no evidence of a hatchet job. Am I going mad, missing something, both of the above?