Restoring some Toshiba 486 & Pentium Laptops

Restoring some Toshiba 486 & Pentium Laptops

As with some of my other projects, these machines came from the vintage tech sale in Q1 2020 just before the first lockdown. The sale was absolutely massive ( a few photos below ) and there were bins upon bins of laptops, which at the time had been a big attraction...

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SNES Portable Screen Replacement

SNES Portable Screen Replacement

This was a cool Trademe pickup that I had no idea what was wrong with it, all I knew was that it took full sized SNES carts and was handheld and I had to have it. When I got it, the screen was showing corrupt  data and the USB charge port didn't work. [ngg...

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AOC portable monitor graveyard

AOC portable monitor graveyard

This pile was a pickup from work. Apparently, auditors are extremely rough with their kit and these AOC Portable monitors are not upto the task and the USB 3 Mini B connectors all gave up the ghost. Out of the pile, there was 4-5 that were totally dead with smashed...

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Mini Pedal Board

Mini Pedal Board

After building my big pedal board for 10 pedals I STILL had left over pedals that I had built and didn't really have a 'bedroom' setup. So I set out to build a smaller 4 pedal version of the unit I had already built complete with the comic book covering. Power...

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AST 386 laptop resurrection

AST 386 laptop resurrection

As another find at the retro computer day I picked up these two AST Premium Exec 386SX's that both looked pretty interesting and being the same machine I figured if I could get one to work out of the two of them then I would be in luck. I was in the zone to try get...

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LCD ASCII Binary learning box

LCD ASCII Binary learning box

After seeing a video by the 8BitGuy on how an LCD Display works I remembered I had a bunch of 20x4 LCD screens sitting in a box and most of the parts and figured I could use some of these old parts up and make on one these boxes. I basically followed the tutorial in...

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Asus RT-AC68U firmware corruption

Asus RT-AC68U firmware corruption

After getting stuck with a new internet provider and no router for weeks I decided to get an Asus RT-AC68U off trademe to both have a router and to get better performance and more control. The router was performing great for months until it started having random power...

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Gameboy Advance screen swap

Gameboy Advance screen swap

Just a short one this time. I picked up a cheap Gameboy Advance but instantly realised how awful the screens were, something that I wasn't aware of as I had always had PSP's. But a quick search on AliExpress surfaced this upgrade kit which was exactly what I was...

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486 Revival

486 Revival

As part of my want to recreate some of my earliest machines growing up I thought I would go back to the very first one, a 486. It was a hand me down desktop style with Windows 95 on it. I don't think I had it long before I upgraded to a Pentium 100/120. Retro...

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Reviving a XYZ Da Vinci 1.0A 3D printer

Reviving a XYZ Da Vinci 1.0A 3D printer

After visiting my friend for a few times and seeing this old XYZ Da Vinci sitting on the ground I said to him that I would take it off his hands and try and get it going. He said he had it for a few years and never got it to work, but since I had recent good success...

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