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”

Commodore VIC-20 (2-Prong) 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 VIC-20 (2-Prong) Board Repairs”

Commodore C16 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 C16 Board Repairs”

Commodore VIC-20 (CR) 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 VIC-20 (CR) Board Repairs”

Recycling Scrap Components into Decorative Collectables

Restoring vintage electronics can lead to a lot of waste being produced – failed ICs, failed components, irreparable circuit boards, and irreparable plastic case parts are usually the main offenders. As all of this kit is original and irreplaceable, and to try to do my part for the environment, I try to recycle my electronicsContinue reading “Recycling Scrap Components into Decorative Collectables”