IEC64W IEEE-488 Parallel Interface Adapters for the Commodore 64 & 128

I recently repaired and restored a 1983 Commodore 2031-LP 5.25″ floppy drive, which is unusual in that it uses the came IEEE-488 parallel interface as the earlier Commodore PET series of computers (GPIB connector), as opposed to the IEC serial interface used by the later Commodore 8-bit series of computers (DIN connector). This made testingContinue reading “IEC64W IEEE-488 Parallel Interface Adapters for the Commodore 64 & 128”

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”

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”

Commodore 64 (ASSY 250425) Board Repairs

Alongside purchasing complete systems, over the past few years I’ve also accumulated a large quantity of incomplete circuit boards for “spares and repairs”, primarily from Commodore computers (VIC-20, VIC-20CR, C64, C64C, C16, Plus/4, C128, etc). I got these for cheap in various job lots, with the intention of fixing up as many as possible andContinue reading “Commodore 64 (ASSY 250425) Board Repairs”

Commodore 64 (ASSY 250469) Board Repairs

Alongside purchasing complete systems, over the past few years I’ve also accumulated a large quantity of incomplete circuit boards for “spares and repairs”, primarily from Commodore computers (VIC-20, VIC-20CR, C64, C64C, C16, Plus/4, C128, etc). I got these for cheap in various job lots, with the intention of fixing up as many as possible andContinue reading “Commodore 64 (ASSY 250469) Board Repairs”

Commodore 64 (ASSY 250466) Board Repairs

Alongside purchasing complete systems, over the past few years I’ve also accumulated a large quantity of incomplete circuit boards for “spares and repairs”, primarily from Commodore computers (VIC-20, VIC-20CR, C64, C64C, C16, Plus/4, C128, etc). I got these for cheap in various job lots, with the intention of fixing up as many as possible andContinue reading “Commodore 64 (ASSY 250466) Board Repairs”

Commodore 64 (ASSY 250407) Board Repairs

Alongside purchasing complete systems, over the past few years I’ve also accumulated a large quantity of incomplete circuit boards for “spares and repairs”, primarily from Commodore computers (VIC-20, VIC-20CR, C64, C64C, C16, Plus/4, C128, etc). I got these for cheap in various job lots, with the intention of fixing up as many as possible andContinue reading “Commodore 64 (ASSY 250407) Board Repairs”

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”

Commodore 64 “Silver Label” Repair & Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore 64 “silver label”, 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 64 “silver label” was a limited edition ofContinue reading “Commodore 64 “Silver Label” Repair & Restoration”