My Commodore 64 “Aldi”

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore 64 “Aldi”, 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 “Aldi” was a limited edition of the C64,Continue reading “My Commodore 64 “Aldi””

Commodore C16 Repair, Restoration, & Upgrade

A while back, I bought my first Commodore C16, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer for my collection. The machine was in good condition and came with several accessories as well as its original box, however it was sold as “untested”. The Commodore C16 was one of the Commodore 264 line of 8-bit home computers, whichContinue reading “Commodore C16 Repair, Restoration, & Upgrade”

Commodore Plus/4 Repair & Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore Plus/4, 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 Plus/4 was one of the Commodore 264 line of 8-bitContinue reading “Commodore Plus/4 Repair & Restoration”

Commodore C116 Repair & Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore C116, 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 C116 was the last of the Commodore 264 line ofContinue reading “Commodore C116 Repair & Restoration”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2 (Grey) Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2 (grey), 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 Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2 was the first machineContinue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2 (Grey) Restoration”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k “Rubber Key” Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k “rubber key”, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good condition and came with several accessories as well as its original box, however it was sold as “untested”. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum 16/48kContinue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k “Rubber Key” Restoration”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k+ Restoration

A while back I got my hands on my first Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k+, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good condition and came with several accessories as well as its original box, however it was sold as “untested”. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k+ was oneContinue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k+ Restoration”

Sinclair ZX81 Restoration

I recently got my hands on my first Sinclair ZX81, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. The machine was in very good physical condition and came with several accessories as well as its original box, however it was sold as “untested”. The Sinclair ZX81 was one of the early machines producedContinue reading “Sinclair ZX81 Restoration”

Commodore 1541 5.25″ FDD Repair & Modification

When I first started collecting vintage computers, I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy floppy disk drives – they’re expensive, they’re unreliable, they take up a lot of room, and there are a range of modern equivalents available for loading files (such as the SD2IEC), so what was the point? Then I ended up gettingContinue reading “Commodore 1541 5.25″ FDD Repair & Modification”

Commodore Plus/4 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 Plus/4 Board Repairs”