Commodore C16 Repair, Restoration, & Upgrade

A while back I got my hands on my first Commodore C16, 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 C16 was one of the Commodore 264 line of 8-bitContinue reading “Commodore C16 Repair, Restoration, & Upgrade”

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”

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”

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”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+3 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+3 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 eBay, and IContinue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+3 Restoration”

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”

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”