Amiga 600 Restoration & Upgrades

I’ve been slowly but surely branching out into Amigas from Commodore’s 8-bit range of computers, and as such I recently got my hands on my first Commodore Amiga 600. The A600 is a 16-bit computer from the 1990s, and is effectively just a condensed version of the A500 with an onboard IDE and PCMCIA interface.Continue reading “Amiga 600 Restoration & Upgrades”

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”

“Trash-Picked” Technika 15.4″ LCD TV Repair

In preparation for my shed (slash new workshop) being finished, I wanted to get my hands on a small LCD TV for testing my machines whilst I’m working on them, which I could mount in the upper corner of one of the back walls. Annoyingly, most current LCD TVs on the market start at 19″,Continue reading ““Trash-Picked” Technika 15.4″ LCD TV Repair”

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”

VIC-20 2-Prong PSU Restoration

I like to keep an assortment of working power supplies for various vintage computers in an accessible manner, alongside all my test equipment, so I can easily power up pretty much any computer or board that I might need to. Most of the spare power supplies I use have been bought alongside computer bundles thatContinue reading “VIC-20 2-Prong PSU Restoration”

Cheetah 125+ Joystick Repairs

I recently bought a large job lot of vintage computer equipment, among which were about twenty joysticks in varying condition. These had been stored for decades and required a good clean-up; all worked fine except for four Cheetah 125+ models, which had varying problems. A couple of them were in their original boxes, and IContinue reading “Cheetah 125+ Joystick Repairs”