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Mr Tonys Amiga 1200 Restoring Adventure!

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10 minutes ago, Alexlotl said:

I swear by 99% IPA for cleaning, acetone can be nasty. 

 

I'll go that route for next time. Saves watering down etc.

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Love reading this thread, more of you should do this!

 

I second looking for a HDD, I think there's a 20MB one out there somewhere? IIRC, not every game worked with it, mind. I don't think the Amiga had any digital video out capability, so how does it look hooked up to a modern TV? Can the monitor out (I forget the name of it) be leveraged, instead of being stuck with composite?

 

Amiga was the absolute king of buttery smooth 2D, I wish I had the time to do what you're doing :) 

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13 minutes ago, TehStu said:

I wish I had the time to do what you're doing :) 

 

The joys of living in a shit town in the arse end of nowhere, when all of your mates or anything that doesn't include hill walking or mountain biking are at least miles away. Lots of free time.

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New scart arriving first thing in the morning. All discs cleaned. Really happy with it.

 

I know it will possibly upset some people here, but it's now gotta go up for sale. Originally I was intending to keep it for a few months and play it a lot, but need to fund the Apple 2e purchase. I'll get it up in trading soon if anyone is interested.

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On 20/09/2018 at 14:47, TehStu said:

Love reading this thread, more of you should do this!

 

 

 

I do bits and bobs, so will start recording it. Maybe even YouTube? Who knows! 

 

Isopropyl alcohol is fantastic for cleaning, as is baking soda and water for stubborn marks - think biro/marker and the like. 

 

Compressed air is great for dust removal. It's not very eco friendly in a can though, so consider an air compressor if you're doing it frequently. 

 

It's also worth getting some vinyl brushes for dusting/particulate removal.

 

The king of important tools, though, are spudgers! Prying plastic open without damage is tricky, so it's worth doing it the easy (well, easier) way :)

 

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I would say be very, very careful with compressed air and hold the can around 30cm away from what you are spraying.  The sudden change in temp can damage some old capacitors on boards especially if they are really old.

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I love this kind of stuff. I do a bit myself so like others have mentioned I will maybe record a bit of it.

 

Something really satisfying about bringing something back from the dead and restoring to as close to as new condition as possible.

 

There are a few channels on YouTube that seem to specialise in this kind of thing. Two of the better ones I've found are:

 

The 8 bit Guy - does lots of restorations

 

Perifractics retro recipes - does some insane refurbs and rebuilds including complete case rebuilds etc

 

both of these are mainly Commodore focussed which isn't of particular interest to me but the quality of their work is great

 

There are tons of others though 

 

 

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I do like The 8 Bit Guy. Really good videos.

 

We had some friends round last night and one brought their 12 year old son. He just wanted to play the Xbox, so I pulled out the Amiga and set it up, told him he can have a shot on the stuff we grew up with.

 

He ended up playing Jungle Storm and AfterBurner for an hour, properly loved it.

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The 8-bit Guy is amazing. It's how he always starts with the most basic stuff and only escalates if he has to, like: "I started off cleaning the chip with toothpaste. That didn't work so I conjoined the cohexakagen to the ramesten with filuvial enoxics. That seemed to do the trick!" :D

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Yup he really seems to know his stuff. I'm not that into personal computers and certainly not the Apple IIe and Commodore he is into but I find the refurb bit fascinating.

 

you are spot on with the way stuff quickly escalates and he ends up patching in splices and repairs etc :)

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