Blacked out Commodore 64

Blacked out Commodore 64

I have had this Commodore C64 in my possession for a while at this stage and it just sat there in the corner unused beyond making sure it powered up. Something about the colour always just bummed me out and I didn't want to use it. So the goal was to bring it back to...

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Chime of Death with the Mac Color Classic

Chime of Death with the Mac Color Classic

The coolest and yet slowest Mac of them all, the Color Classic. I had been after one of these for a while and then a friend was offering up a non working, but cosmetically good condition unit. I was told it had been attempted to be recapped but it did not come back to...

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Surface Pro 3 Screen replacement

Surface Pro 3 Screen replacement

This was an odd pickup where the machine had a cracked screen AND a dead SSD, so the only way to replace the SSD was to also replace the screen. Which I found out was not a very fun job. Ordering the screen I scored a new to me screen on Trademe for $10 and when it...

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My Dream DOS 6.22 Setup

My Dream DOS 6.22 Setup

Starting DOS 6.22 image This was a very long running project that started off with a Direct Access 5 based DOS 6.22 image from my mate with a fairly stock install with some utilities and games loaded on it with a bunch of sound card drivers. This image was targeting a...

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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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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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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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