NEC MultiSync 3D monitor

How to dumpster dive for CRT monitors

I have started to pull together a few different sources online for 15 KHz capable CRT monitors, mostly to support this awful Amiga habit I’ve formed. This would also be useful if someone was searching for Atari ST monitors, Amiga monitors, or even retro gaming and arcade monitors. I will probably find another way to […]

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Macintosh LC with monitor, keyboard, and mouse showing the System 7 installer

A Macintosh LC Out of the Spotlight

The Macintosh LC was a mid-range computer released in 1990, as part of a trio of new Macs (including the Classic and IIsi) allowing Apple to target a more cost-sensitive user. At $2,499, it was the lowest cost colour Macintosh released at that time. It was hobbled intentionally by Apple from the getgo. While the […]

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Front view of a Commodore Amiga 4000 in rough shape, with a sticker, an unsecured CD-ROM drive, and poor lighting

Varta’d by the Amiga 4000

In very early 2021, really bored by the pandemic, I was on the lookout for busted Commodore and Amiga machines. Someone reached out with an Amiga 4000 they had available. They had no way to test it, all of the cables and accessories were missing, and it’s been in a garage for decades. Sounds like […]

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A dirty Commodore Amiga 500 from the top

A Forgotten Amiga 500

I came across a pretty nice condition, but broken, Commodore Amiga 500. The Amiga 500 was a cost reduced, mass market successor to the Amiga 1000, wrapped in a wonderful case with a built-in keyboard, side expansion, and a floppy drive. It didn’t have the most amazing specifications, but it had tons of room to […]

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Image of the Amiga 3000 from the front

A Surprisingly Annoying Amiga 3000

The Amiga 3000 was a high-end Amiga released in 1990, with a redesigned case, a 68030 processor, up to 16mb of RAM on board, and built-in SCSI support. They didn’t sell incredibly well, and at least for me, were remarkably hard to find. Naturally, I found myself a broken one. This one would boot immediately […]

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Commodore B128 logic board, angled view from the front of the machine

The Ongoing Saga of this Commodore B128 (2/4)

In the last post, I introduced my US-market Commodore B128 that wasn’t feeling like being a computer. A lot of the diagnostics looked okay, and I was just about to start desoldering components out of a combination of hope and despair. Some Soldering Required Each desoldered component was replaced with a same-size socket, and continuity […]

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Commodore B128 computer, top view with keyboard

The Ongoing Saga of this Commodore B128 (1/4)

This is my Commodore B128, serial C002720. The B128 is the low-profile US version of the Commodore CBM-II, a machine designed to replace the PET/CBM series, released around the same time as the Commodore 64. Other pages, linked below, do a great job covering the history of this machine. When I received it, it looked […]

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