Just picked up a MB Vectrex with 9 additional games and 10 overlays. It needs some minor TLC but is in good working order.
Just fixed both of my Mac Portable 40mb scsi harddrives i own. I had to clean some rubber goo that prevented the heads from moving and lubricate the bearing on which the heads rotate. After that, both disks boot with no problem. It did make me a somewhat nervous working on a harddrive and i won’t recommend it on a drive that holds something important.
Just picked up this Wang WLT laptop from the mid 80’s. It was advertised as fully working and it does. Boots from a Winchester drive, which i’ve hears of but never had one. It has a build in thermal printer and an external 720k floppy drive. I got an additional power supply and a parts floppydrive and bunch of cables, printerparts and software. All in all, a really nice addition to the collection. Edit: Just noted a sticker from the Dutch airline company KLM, finding a herritage for machines is best part of collecting.
A new addition to the collection and a new project. An Apricot FP portable. It has some diskdrive problems, as it just wrecked one of my backup MS DOS 3.30 floppies. It came with a case and technical manual, but sadly no disks. And i think i read somewhere the F series disk format is ever so slightly incompatable with standard IBM 3,5 inch floppies. Ah well, challenge accepted i guess
🤯 The Mac Portable just booted from a harddrive, not sure what’s on it... this machine has been such a headache to get going. (It pretty much died again after i got it to boot from floppy last week orso). I’m not sure it’s really stable yet. But this is something.
She Booted!! Which means i have a functioning Mac Portable. This is from floppy, not the harddrive. But, i can’t believe it’s working. A happy mac There are some weird shrieks coming from the speaker, and this screen has a line in it. So some work still to do.
Another Mac Portable joins my collection. And, as with all “affordable” Mac Portables, it also doesn’t work. But according to the sellers pictures this one at least goes into a “sad mac error” state when turned on. And it has upgrades! A modem, ram expansion and screen backlight (which was not standard on this machine). I hope i can get this one going, even broken ones are quite expensive.
I just upgraded my retro setup with a 19” Dell Trinitron monitor. But man, are those things big and heavy, it barely fits on my desk.
After a year and a half of tinkering, searching and probing around i’ve finaly jury rigged my Mac portable into showing a sad mac code with matching sad chime. This means that most of system should be working, but the power management isn’t driving them. So, maybe... who knows, it might actualy boot someday...
Allright, just received a Ti486 SXL-40. An even beter upgrade processor for my Toshiba T5200. This is the 8kb chip that i believe can be clock doubled. This means that the old 386DX 20MHz will be screaming at 40MHz.
Second bit for the Apple 2c. The monitor stand and an Apple branded printer. I have 0 experience with Apple 2 computers, so this is gonna be a lot of fun.
First half of an Apple IIc haul. The apple 2c, monitor, extra drive, box of manuals, boxed set of finance software, full set of original apple 2c disks and a whole load of floppies and printer ribbons. I couldn’t fit the monitor stand and the printer in my motorcycles cases. So i’ll pick those up tomorrow. The computer also comes with the original box, which is a first in my collection.
And it’s in the Toshiba T5200. And even with the most ineffective settings turned on, there’s a nice speedboost. My testgame was Raptor: Call of the Shadow, which would really slow down when the shooting and explosions start. Now it runs a lot smoother, and it should improve with better settings. And it needs a heatsink, as these upgrade CPU’s run HOT🔥
2 Texas Instruments TI486DLC/E 33 processors in PGA132 format. These are upgrade CPU’s for 386DX motherboards and can give these older motherboards quite a boost. It should boost the performance of my Toshiba T5200 (386DX @ 20MHz) quite a bit. The other one will be tested in my IBM P70, also a 386dx @20MHz. These are the 1kb cache memory models without a clockdoubler. I’m still searching for a SXL 40 or SXL2 50, which have 8kb cache and a clockdoubler.
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New project just arrived. An Advantech PPC123. I’m going to try to use this as a Win XP computer. It comes with almost every port under the sun, including a game/joystick port. But... ctrl/alt/del to log on to NT, thats a problem with no keyboard. Touchscreen works though
Well then... nothing of note, easy machine to work on. The drives are going to be a pain to get to so i hope they’ll just work. Smoke test past i guess, full ram, self test all passes. Took the little Varta battery out, it hasn’t leaked at all, but is will eventualy.
Just picked up an Olivetti M21 personal computer. The outside is in pretty good condition, but it’s an untested attic find. So i will have to check some things inside, clean the drives and do a smoke test hopefully tommorow.
I’ve started examining my old computers for battery leaks & found this trouble maker in my Amiga 200HD. It’s gotta go.
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The drawings and routing are done. Send a bunch of files to a PCB fabricator and awaiting their review. Getting the autorouter to work gave me headache, but it worked. The rest gave me a second headache 😅 but i hope i did everything correct.
Working on a PCB to give my first Sharp PC7100 a harddrive again. Its 34 year old Hard Card (sitting next to the laptop) died a few years ago and I now finaly have the tools and resources to fix the problem, I hope. It’s also my trail by fire in kicad circuit and pcb design. I’m building an expension interface card from the original sharp expension box service manual. It has all the schematics and some pcb latouts. All i have to do copy them from an old pdf into kicad😒, yep... that’s all. This way i can fit up to 3 standard 8bit ISA cards. The HardCard used up a lot of space, so i might put a XT-CF card for harddrive and add a CGA or EGA graphics and AdLib soundcard.
And the HP 85 works. Date codes say it’s from januari 29 1982, making it 1 month older then my Osborne OCC1 (which says Feb. ‘82) and officialy the oldest computer i own. Now... i need to learn how to use it. And fix the tapedrive, as the capstan (or something like that) looks... bad... and the belts for the printer look spent aswell.
This just came in. An HP 85 with ROM Drawer, I/O ROM and a tape cartrigde. It should work, but i’ll need to check a few things before the smoke test. It’s been in 110v land all its life and now it has to cope with 230v. The PSU can be set between 110v and 230v, so it should be fine.