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”

Amiga 500+ Restoration & Upgrades

I’ve been slowly but surely branching out into Amigas from Commodore’s 8-bit range of computers, but one of the first computers I bought was a Commodore Amiga 500+. This turned out to be a somewhat special unit, with serial number “000657”. The A500+ is a 16-bit computer from the 1990s, and is a more capableContinue reading “Amiga 500+ Restoration & Upgrades”

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”