[vcf-midatlantic] Repair Workshop

Douglas Perry djay.perry at gmail.com
Thu Aug 1 14:17:00 EDT 2019


It is the Compaq Portable 1.

Single vertically mounted 5.25 with unused bay and no HDD.

One would think that I would have tried using the brightness control but I
don't have a clear memory of it either way. I will give it a test tonight
to make sure.

Thank you.
Doug P.



On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 1:25 PM Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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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