[vcf-midatlantic] Repair Workshop

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Thu Aug 1 21:33:07 EDT 2019

>> think VCF may have one also

Yes. We also have soldering/desoldering equipment for members to borrow.

Bring snacks, too! Although we always do lunch/dinner trips and there are
plenty of places nearby to get food/drink.

If you're planning to stay overnight then bring bedding. There is a bunk
area here where some of us stay, but you get a bare mattress.

>> When is the best time show up?

We start around 10am Saturday and end Sunday afternoon.

Me (evan at vcfed.org / 646-546-9999) and Jeff Brace (jeffrey at vcfed.org) are
the contacts for when you get here and need to find the workshop location
on campus or anything else.

On Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 9:14 PM David Gesswein via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 01, 2019 at 01:14:12PM -0400, Douglas Perry via
> vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > 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..)
> >
> Best to bring what you think you will need. Others will bring stuff also
> which you normally can borrow if you find you need something you didn't
> bring but can't count on it being around.
> I propably over do it and try to bring half my basement but I'm 3.5 hours
> away so not practical to go home and get something I didn't bring.
> The other would be what you think you may need that you don't have. If
> you know you need something you don't have if you ask ahead of time people
> frequently can bring it.
> The other would be if you will need assistance. Asking ahead you can know
> if people with experiance think they will have time to help. Some people
> spend a significant amount of time helping others and some mostly work on
> what they bring.
> > 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 compaq plus. I had to recap the power supply and had problems with
> a pot on the CRT board. Tapping pots can sometimes show the ones that are
> flaky. The power supply caps were obviously bad by looking at them.
> > >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 had to replace mine.
> > 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).
> >
> I'm not sure where to buy it. I and a number others could make a disk
> useable
> to boot your machine. My machine has a mismash dos version so may not be
> ideal.
> > So after that ramble here are my questions.
> > Is there anything else you all would recommend me bringing?
> >
> I like a scope. I always start with checking power supply voltage and
> ripple
> before trying to do more. Normally a couple people bring scopes so you may
> be able to borrow one for a while. I think VCF may have one also. If you
> have spare parts they are good to bring.  My cap stock isn't the best so
> I have gotten them from others when I didn't have correct one.
> I would also dig up any available schematics.
> Tools needed to disassemble your machine.
> > When is the best time show up?
> >
> I never make it right at the start so others can answer this.
> >It is the Compaq Portable 1.
> > Single vertically mounted 5.25 with unused bay and no HDD.
> The fun of swapping disks a number of times when you wanted to make a
> backup
> copy.
> If I make it I can bring my plus which works to use if needed to compare/
> verify what the problem is.

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