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 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 monitor with an analogue RGB video input, compatibleContinue reading “Acorn AKF-17 CRT Monitor 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”

Upgrading an Acorn BBC Model B

I recently won a charity auction for a BBC Model B bundle on eBay (see my original blog post here, and CRT restoration here). The Model B was a common sight in British schools during the 1980s thanks to the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project. It’s common for certain components in vintage electronics to deteriorate withContinue reading “Upgrading an Acorn BBC Model B”

Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT Monitor Restoration

I recently won a charity auction for a BBC Model B bundle on eBay (see my original blog post here), which included a Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT colour monitor, a common sight in British schools during the 1980s thanks to the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project. The monitor was rather worse for wear: it was coveredContinue reading “Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT Monitor Restoration”

My *New* Acorn BBC Model B

I recently won an eBay charity auction for a BBC Model B “Micro”, which came bundled with a Microvitec CUB CRT monitor, an Opus 5802 5.25″ FDD, and some miscellaneous items like joysticks and boxed games. What’s especially interesting about this machine is that it has been signed by Stephen Furber, the principal hardware engineerContinue reading “My *New* Acorn BBC Model B”