Since my spring cleaning in June and hosing off my Apple II, I finally got it all put back together and it works GREAT! I hosed off the keyboard and exercised the keys too, all but the number 2 seem to work perfectly, so I will probably have to replace that keyswitch (there’s a few others that don’t spring all the way back up that will also probably be replaced, but they work fine with no bounce or repeating, so not critical).
Had some issues with the site today, appears my security went haywire and messed up the handling of PHP files. In my quest to find the issue, I restored the Database and files to an older version, so a few posts and pages have been lost here, my apologies.
I have been working on some spring cleaning today:
- I hosed off leaked capacitor electrolyte from my newly acquired Macintosh IIci. The recap will occur at a later date, I am researching for the best replacement tantalum capacitors, the radial capacitors I have used in past projects just look sloppy, I want a nice clean looking repair.
- I also hosed 35+ years of crud and insect carcasses off of my Apple ][, scrubbed the case down with bleach spray and a sponge and hosed it off as well.
Photos will be posted later once everything has dried out and is reassembled.
I have made some updates which should speed up page loads significantly. Anyone sees any problems, please reply and let me know 😉
I have updated image handling in the photo galleries making browsing of photos a little more user friendly, should have done this ages ago 🙂
I’ve also added pages for a few new additions to my collection, Please Check out my Compaq Portable and Toshiba T1600 pages, the pages are a bit generic for now, I do plan some upgrades, and proper photo shoots of them at a later date.
Regular viewers of my site may have noticed I have added some subtle advertising to my site, I am not looking to get rich off it by any means, I am just wanting to help offset the hosting costs for this hobby site of mine.
I am keeping them minimally intrusive and small so not to detract from my site, if anyone believes the ads are hurting this site, PLEASE comment and let me know.
I was sick this past weekend and decided to have some fun with a few of my vintage apples to pass the time 😉
I am in search of two different “laptop” portables from the late 80’s.
Toshiba T1600 – 80286 laptop with “blue” EGA monochrome LCD displayFOUND
- Grid GridCase 1520 – 80286 laptop with “orange” Gas-Plasma monochrome display
If anyone has any leads on either one it would be much appreciated. My offer on price is conditional on functionality and cosmetic condition.
Found a few old motherboards in my storage, for some odd reason all 3 were missing their AT keyboard ports. Put in an order to digikey for some 5-Din AT Keyboards ports and soldered them in. The Acer Pentium board also had a badly leaking capacitor that was replaced.
Followup, The Acer board does not POST, not sure what its problem is, need to get a POST card to see whats hanging up.
On the plus side, the Zeos P60 and FIC 486 both POST, so they will soon be working machines!
I have partially recapped my PowerBook 100 with great success, it now boots up.
The down side is my soldering iron crapped out mid-project, so I will have to finish replacing all the old SMD aluminum caps later, but I got all the ones that were visibly leaking, and it now boots, so I will consider this a win.
I made a photo with capacitor values so I would remember after I pulled the caps off, I will attach it here (I did not mark the voltage values, other than the 1uF caps which were rated 50volt, all of the rest were 16volt, I had no 16volt parts, I recapped all mine with 50volt rated parts).
When this photo was taken I had already replaced the two 10uF nearest display header, you can see I have used radial caps and just bent them over to fit. After this photo I got as far as all the 1 and 10uF parts in the lower right near mouse port. I still need to do the 1uF parts near debug/reset buttons and near keyboard port and ALL of the 47uF and 4.7uF parts (though none of those have leaked, yet!).