Got the floppy drive fixed on the Workmaster 2. That’s the second IBM PS/2 floppy drive fixed by replacing 2 tiny caps on the drives logic board. The hard drive is sadly dead, it just spews errors. I might go for an MCA scsi card an scsi2sd board as a replacement
Started a new project today. I recently got a GE Fanuc Workmaster 2. A PLC programming computer for general electrics Fanuc PLC’s. Now this is basicly a IBM PS/2 P70 portable in a black case and GE’s branding. At the moment the floppy and harddrive are not ok. I used the the floppy drive from the working P70 (on the left in the image) to run the setup disk (after replacing the CMOS battery). The original floppy drive needs a recap, that might save it. I’m not sure about the harddisk, it has some bad caps aswell, so i’ll recap it. I might open it to check inside for stuck heads. If all fails i’ll need a replacment drive or a flashstorage adapter.
Just got a working Seiko RC1000 Wrist Terminal with a cable and software for the Commodore 64. The watch has some wear on it but looks pretty nice for it’s age. It’s from around 1984/85. I don’t know if the floppies still work, i’ll have to break out the SX64 this weekend and give it a try.
Succesfull “smoketest” of the Wang 700. More photo’s to follow after some cleaning. It may need some new caps, as i don’t think it’s completly stable yet.
Wang 700 Series Programmable Calculator from 1970. I just picked this marvelous piece of old tech up. It came complete with manuals and program libraries, as well as various flyers for other Wang Laboratories products and tapes with programs and data from the original owner (i bought it from the late owners son). It has 2 lines of 16 nixie tube as a display that show Y and X registers, a cassette drive and a weird clicky keyboard. I hope to get a Variac tommorow to power it up, the seller used a Variac to test it and it turned on.
I just back from a pick up trip (got a lovely little HP110 with diskdrive, printer and all sorts of extra’s). When the previous owner learned I was a collector he gave me a small box of random 30pin ram sims... and this thing. It’s a 3 byte (yeah, 3 times 8 bits) memory card from some ancient computer. I’m not sure from what system this module is, but it’s one of the best extra’s i’ve ever got with a pick up.
So my Compaq Portable 486c had a really washed out and “striped” (for lack of a better word) screen. A forum on vintage IBM compatibles said the screen was gone and had to be replaced. An Apple Mac forum post on a powerbook laptopcomputer said the screen needed a recap (my experience with macs is that recaps are always needed and usualy the answer). So i tried it, the screen looks almost perfect now.
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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