Okay, so I’ve decided to attend Amiwest this year in October. It’s October 25, 26, and 27 with the 25th being completely dedicated to classic hardware and all things classic. I want to offer the ability to demo or show anyone’s products you want shown and can’t make it. I’ll also be willing to bring any over and sell for you at the show, or take orders if you provide it. That means you need to get things sent.
I’ve got the Vampires in my 500, 600 and 2000 to show. I’m personally extending the invitation to do a full area for them dedicated to those machines if the team sends me materials to hand out and display. Tech sheets, specs and so on. I’ve even told Igor Majstorovic I’d like to buy if needed the 1200 version.
I’ve got just about every newer 68000 socket style accelerator for the 500 I plan to bring. The HC533, Witcher, Matze TK030 and only the blank board for a TF530. An ACA500 system as well.
For CD32 I only have two of the Original TF without the 030.
Bringing at least one of my 4000 boards I’ve built along with hopefully a re1200 from John Hertell if it gets done in time and at least a blank prototype re3000.
I’ll bring some of the other various hardware I’ve done and examples of repairs.
Get in touch if you want me to do anything. I’d be sending anything back once the show is over of course.
Let’s make this year’s classic demos the star of the show!
I wanted to let those wondering whats going on here in the shop that I am getting things done but have yet again a trip to go on for my real full time job. This time I am heading out to Northern Japan for a week. I will be leaving on the 10th and returning on the 17th of June, and then again on June 26th to July 17th for Sydney Australia. In between I will be doing some repairs and getting them back, so please keep an eye out on your in boxes in case yours comes up!
This time it’s an A4000. This one was sold to the owner with full notice of bad sound and previous battery damage. I managed to replace both audio amps, and then only had sound on one side working. In the end it was a bad VIA. It just shows you that checking one pin to pin isn’t always going to work! When you send things in and it takes me longer than expected, this sort of thing is a big cause.
This CD32 was frustrating beyond belief. The owner originally sent it in for a recap, but it had severe leakage and destroyed pads and traces as a result. When done the mouse while booting from a hard disk wouldn’t move up and down. The audio was also scratchy sounding. Fixing the audio was easy, it was just the three audio DACs. The mouse was another story. I replaced nearly everything in the mouse ports circuit, including U34. In the end it was the tiny trace from pin 3 solder hole seen here.
I have slowly been working out the best way to publish content on YouTube and Patreon for those expressing a desire to see how i do board work and repairs. Some of you may have noticed a couple of rough shot videos on YouTube. I plan to add more when I return home from my current work tip overseas as well.
What I need from all of you that follow my work is to help get me in the right direction here. Please comment on them, tell me how to improve, make suggestions on what I am doing right and wrong and tell your friends about them! The more feedback I get the more it will motivate me to do better!
This was an interesting job. This 600 came in with needing new caps and a keyboard issue. After some investigating I found the two 47uF caps at C821 and C822 had leaked so badly it caused some severely damaged traces to completely open. I ended up removing the keyboard chip to inspect under it, replaced the keyboard connector with a brand new one and had to put several jumpers down on both sides of the board. I’m happy the machine is working fully again and I’m sure the customer will be too.