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”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+ “Toastrack” Restoration

I’ve owned several different Sinclair ZX Spectrum computers over the past couple of years, but I hadn’t got my hands on a 128k+ at this point, so I set about looking to get one for my collection. Eventually, a machine in good, boxed, but untested condition with peripherals popped up on Facebook Marketplace – afterContinue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+ “Toastrack” Restoration”

Acorn Electron Repair & Restoration

A little while back, I was given a 1984 Acorn Electron by a friend – it had just been pulled out of his parents’ loft, so as you could imagine, it was in pretty rough shape. I’ve owned a few Electrons now, and they’re fun to work on, so I decided to fix it up.Continue reading “Acorn Electron Repair & Restoration”

Commodore SX-64 Restoration

Two years ago, I got my hands on a machine that I’d been after for quite some time: a 1984 Commodore SX-64 portable computer – “portable” is hardly the optimal word, given that these machines weigh in around 10.5KG, but this was a revolutionary concept for the time. The SX-64 is effectively a Commodore 64Continue reading “Commodore SX-64 Restoration”

Commodore C128D(CR) Restoration

Three years ago, around the time I was first starting to collect vintage computer equipment, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Commodore C128D(CR) 8-bit computer and matching 1084S-D2 CRT monitor. The C128D(CR) is the later cost-reduced version of the C128D, featuring a metal case and combined mainboard / drive board withContinue reading “Commodore C128D(CR) Restoration”

Commodore C128 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 C128 Board Repairs”

Restoring a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k for Charity

This April, I’m raffling off a refurbished ZX Spectrum 48k bundle for charity – I recently bought a boxed Spectrum that would be ideal for this purpose, but obviously for this to be “refurbished”, it required refurbishing. Details of the process are below. I bought the Spectrum as partially tested from a chap in HullContinue reading “Restoring a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k for Charity”