[vcf-midatlantic] Repair Workshop

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Thu Aug 1 13:24:53 EDT 2019


I know it sounds obvious, but try the brightness control. Exactly which
model is it?

On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 1:14 PM Douglas Perry via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Excuse me if I'm coming off a bit over eager.
>
> Now that I'm signed up for this months workshop I was hoping to get some
> tips on how to properly prepare (supplies needed, ect..)
>
> I'm bringing a Compaq Portable which has only been owned by my family. It
> was stored in a guest room of a finished basement since 1993. Not sure
> where they kept it before that.
>
> I testing I've done so far is to simply plug it in and turn it on (after
> giving it a week in a temp/humidity controlled room). The PSU and fan came
> to life nicely, the CRT is making a familiar hum but I get nothing on the
> screen not even a blinking cursor. I'm not sure if I should expect an error
> with no disk? I also don't hear any drive noise.(I have no disks)
>
> I have a fairly decent toolkit for repairing current machines, as well as a
> soldering iron, and multimeter.
>
> From my research I'm going to go ahead and assume the capacative pads for
> for the keyboard are bad and just order a new set.
>
> I've searched fairly well and have not found a reputable place to buy a
> 5.25 floppy pre-loaded with MS-DOS 3.3 (which sounds like the best option).
>
> So after that ramble here are my questions.
> Is there anything else you all would recommend me bringing?
>
> When is the best time show up?
>
> Is there anything else I should know or be doing to get ready?
>
> Thanks,
> Doug P.
>


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