1970s Ajax Commander S-74 Transistor Radio Repair

A few months ago bought my first ever vintage radio, a 1970s Ajax Commander S-74 “solid-state” AM/FM set, which is among the oldest items in my collection. I’ve been wanting to get into vintage radio restoration for some time now (after watching YouTube channels such as the excellent Mr Carlson’s Lab), as I find the electronicsContinue reading “1970s Ajax Commander S-74 Transistor Radio Repair”

1983 Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection, and a rather uncommon one at that. The drive was in reasonable condition, however it was bought untested and sold-as-seen with no accessories after being stored at the bottom of a wardrobe for several decades. The Commodore 2031 andContinue reading “1983 Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ FDD Repair & Restoration”

1974 Sinclair Scientific Calculator Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired a Sinclair Scientific calculator from 1974, alongside a large bundle of vintage computers – this was an unexpected (but very welcome) surprise and is in fact my first vintage calculator, though it is basically a pocket computer, so it is certainly in keeping with the rest of my collection. The calculator wasContinue reading “1974 Sinclair Scientific Calculator Repair & Restoration”

Microsoft Xbox (Original) Repair & Restoration

I recently picked up an original Xbox, boxed with accessories, and in good condition. I never actually owned one of these myself back in the day, but a lot of my friends did, so it brings back a lot of memories for me, and I was looking forward to trying it out. The Xbox wasContinue reading “Microsoft Xbox (Original) Repair & Restoration”

Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection. The drive was in reasonable condition and came with several accessories and its original box, however it was bought sold-as-seen. The Commodore Amiga 1010 3.5″ FDD was released in 1985 alongside the Amiga 1000, or A1000,Continue reading “Amiga A1010 3.5″ FDD Repair & Restoration”

Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD Restoration

I recently acquired my first Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD, another vintage disk drive to add to my collection. The drive was in reasonable condition and came with several accessories and its original box, however it was bought sold-as-seen and had several modifications and missing parts. The Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD was released in 1981 forContinue reading “Commodore 1540 5.25″ FDD Restoration”

My 1982 Acorn Atom

I recently obtained my first Acorn Atom, another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good, tested condition and came with several tasteful (and reversible) modifications to improve reliability and usability. The Acorn Atom was produced by Acorn Computers Ltd from 1980 to 1982, when it was replaced by the BBC Micro. The AtomContinue reading “My 1982 Acorn Atom”

Acorn Archimedes 3000 Repair & Restoration

I recently acquired my first Acorn Archimedes 3000, yet another vintage computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good condition and came with several accessories and its original box, as well as a matching Acorn AKF-17 CRT display, however it was bought sold-as-seen. The Acorn Archimedes 3000, or A3000, was released in May 1989Continue reading “Acorn Archimedes 3000 Repair & Restoration”

Acorn AKF-17 CRT Monitor Restoration

I recently acquired a 1980s Acorn Archimedes A3000 32-bit computer for my collection (which I successfully restored in another article), which came with a matching Acorn AKF-17 CRT monitor. Both were in good condition and came with several accessories, but were sold-as-seen with partial testing. The Acorn AKF-17 is a 14″ 15KHz CRT colour monitorContinue reading “Acorn AKF-17 CRT Monitor Restoration”

Commodore 128 Repair & Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore 128, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in good condition and came with several accessories and its original box, however it was sold as “untested”. The Commodore 128, or C128, is the last 8-bit home computer that was commercially released by CBM, and isContinue reading “Commodore 128 Repair & Restoration”