... or another round of weird stuff
C64 ... 3D printed
Not really a hack but kinda cool and fits this blog ;)
I needed to test new filament in my 3D printer and I've found a cool mini C64 model for 3D printing.
Here is what followed.
Not really the greatest quality but at least I've had a chance to test my new 3D printer settings with red ABS.
Larger version anyone ?
Canoo handheld fix
Gepard/Lamers asked me to fix his Canoo handheld. It simply didn't read SD cards. After disassembly, it became obvious what was wrong with it.
Have a look.
It is kinda hard to notice on these pics, but nearly all SD slot pins were bent.
Amiga keyboard - Spacebar fix
I had to figure out a way to fix broken holders under a spacebar.
Gluing it back is not an option since it will pop right after inserting a wire back to it.
A piece of wire was needed to fix it ;)
I've melted both ends of a wire with a soldering iron like this:
Works like a charm ;)
Dead C64 No.1
I was working on one C64 board that was dead regardless my honest efforts.
Weird thing was that it worked with an EasyFlash3 inserted in it.
It took me quite a while to figure out that cartridge socket was a case of black screen. To be more precise, shorted pins in it ;)
Thats one of those rare cases when desoldering a part actually fixes a problem ;)
Dead C64 No.2
This one, on the other hand, was waaaaaay harder to fix.
I've spent a few hours to fix it. At first, it seemed like an easy fix because RAM chips were dead. I've swapped RAM but that didn't help, so I've swapped nearly all other chips and tested 'em in another machine. It turned out that all chips are working correctly but that particular unit still didn't want to boot.
I've started to check for signals continuity on a motherboard.
Below a picture of me tracing a traces like a boss :P
Ahaaaa ! It was hidden under a cap !
It looks like someone used a screwdriver to screw this board up ;)
Closeup time !
Obviously, I wanted to fix it so I had to remove a solder mask from traces and tin 'em afterward.
A piece of wire came to the rescue again. Actually only one strand of it ;)
Here is a closeup of all traces fixed.
Internal SD2IEC lips ;)
Since I mount a lot of SD2IECs inside C64s that I refurbish, I've decided that I'll add a nice part in a form of SD card lips.
Obviously, I've 3D printed 'em but since I had a red ABS filament, I also had to spray paint 'em black.
Here is an outcome :)
Yes, I know that char ROM is failing ;)
Colored keycaps project
I am currently working on a project that will result in nicely made keycaps.
I am not going to reveal any details yet. Expect another blog post about this project ;)
That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed it.