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.
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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.
Just got a very rare Bit Corp Gamate. It works, but it is dirty scuffed up. Need to clean it and make it look nice again.
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.
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My now complete collection for the Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System. They are: Variety Programned Cartridge, Vincent Price's Movie Trivia, Vincent Price's TV Trivia, Pat Summerall's Baseball Quiz, Pat Summeral's Football Quiz, Pat Summeral's Sports Quiz, Music Quiz, Words Words Words, For The Fun Of It!, Games Hosted By Big Bird and Other Sesame Street Friends, Re-Action Quiz, Jeopardy, and Password Plus. I have manuals for all except For The Fun Of It, Words Words Words, and Variety Programmed Game Cartridge. I have boxes for all except Variety Programmed Game Cartridge and For The Fun Of It.
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.