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Being a blog about my adventures in Retro Computing

  • Unsinking the Battleship (Model-M)

    Unsinking the Battleship (Model-M)

    So the Battleship Model M keyboard stopped working. Keys became unreliable and eventually a bunch around the “S” key stopped completely. Took me a while to correctly identify the root cause. Unfortunately there’s a fatal flaw in the Model M keyboards: IBM welded the top plastic shell to the steel brace by pushing the plastic…

  • Every Holiday…

    Every Holiday…

    I’ve had two weeks of leave, and we know what that means, right? A veritable frenzy of repairs and projects! Microbee I’ve been beta testing a new SuperPAK Romset for Alan Laughton (Aka ChickenMan) as he has been developing an extensive set of ROMs for Suzy’s amazing SuperPAK coreboard. With literally hundreds of slots to…

  • 486 Upgrade

    My mate, Matt Manks has donated a Kingston 5×86 TurboChip upgrade board for my 486. It was a bit of a pain to remove the AMD 486DX-40, but with some careful work, I was able to remove it. I had to pop the entire motherboard out to be able to change the base clock frequency…

  • Ketchup

    Yeah, it’s been a while. TI 99/4a A quick update on the TIPI/32k. It’s now in a case I made from an old Jiffybox, that was almost exactly the right size. I just plumbed in some cuts and some drill holes and it’s now no longer just a bare PCB. Amiga Sidecar A friend asked…

  • Non Electronic Hackery

    My wife had some lovely boxed files that she had left over from a previous business she had run. I use one to hold all my resistors, but I wanted to use the other one to hold my documentation. Only problem was it was a three ring binder and I didn’t have a three ring…

  • Fixing the VZ200, Cleaning the Battleship, TIPI/32k

    Fixing the VZ200, Cleaning the Battleship, TIPI/32k

    VZ200 Last time I posted, I mentioned that the VZ200 wasn’t quite right. It seemed logical to tackle it as my next packet of work. The system was sort of working, and after some mucking around I realised that some games were working. First some background here. The VZ200 has a very limited amount of…

  • Battling Entropy

    One of the things I have noticed is that Retro Computers can spontaneously stop working. These systems are often 30+ years old. Expecting them to still work beyond a presumable lifespan of 5 years is a bit much. Here are some system repairs I conducted recently. Apple IIgs Keyboard This one was interesting. They keyboard…

  • Note to myself

    3½” Floppy drive power connectors: The female is made by AMP, part number 171822-4, the male is also made by AMP, part number 171825-4. The female does not come with contacts.

  • Had a lot of time

    In which the site owner is a bit lazy. So I haven’t died, and I haven’t stopped working on systems, but I have stopped posting. This will be the “bullet point edition” of all the things I’ve done. No idea what any of this means. So not dead, just quiet :-)

  • Why I’m not posting nearly as much

    Hey everyone. By now you’ll have noticed content has dried up a lot. Now there are several reason for this so I thought I better document them. Work In February I finished up my long term job that I’d held down for over 10 years. This was, by far, my longest single employment, and with…

I am always interested in your old systems! Consoles and Computers.