I killed a switch.

Last night I was working on a ZX spectrum keyboard replacement when a solder pad broke lose from the switch.
The switches are very tiny, the solder pad are even smaller, so the traces are to small to solder a wire to it.

Now I ordered a new batch of switches as I had just enough of them.
I hope that they will arrive soon.
sometimes it looks like an Asian is cycling to the Netherlands to deliver the package from China (it can take up to 6 or 7 weeks).

switch 4mmx4mm with wires mounted ready to be used in a ZX Spectrum keyboard
switch 4mmx4mm with wires mounted ready to be used in a ZX Spectrum keyboard

Found a music maker keyboard

Today, my lovely wife found a music maker keyboard at a second hand store.
So we paid the 1 Euro they asked, and I added it to my collection.

Commodore music maker keyboard
Commodore music maker keyboard

The keyboard came in it’s original box, but it has a big hole in it.
The keyboard is fine, but the tape with the program is missing,
Finding the program on the internet shouldn’t be a big problem.

New member to the family, A VIC-20

Today I collected a VIC-20.
I swapped 2 Commodore 64 computers for one VIC-20.
The VIC-20 is the predecessor of the Commodore 64.

The VIC-20 specs:
CPU MOS 6502 at 1 Mhz (1.108404 Mhz for PAL and 1.02 Mhz for NTSC)
20Kb ROM and 5Kb RAM (expandable to 32Kb)


I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, it’s in working condition but I’m thinking about adding Jiffydos and a internal 32Kb ram.

She arrived

Today I’m happy.

With the mail my new Amiga 500 + arrived.
This will be my second Amiga I own.

Amiga 500 plus (Photo taken by seller)
Amiga 500 plus (Photo taken by seller)

I Started it up and the kickstart 2.0 boot image appeared on the screen.
The first tries to boot a floppy failed, but after some tries it started to work (Got a little rusty ?)
Quick inspection of the battery showed some corrosion, so I need to take some action.
Corrosion A500PlusCorrosion A500+Corrosion A500 +

So with some care and love she will be fine again, and be my best Amiga so far.


Amiga with broken chip

When trying out my new Gotek drive, My Amiga did her own thing.
When the Selector.ADF was loaded, the selection bar keep on scrolling down.
Checking the joystick circuit, I noticed another resistance between pin2 of joystick port 2 than the other pins.
First I checked the Resistor pack RP401 but it seems ok.
Then I replaced U15, a 74LS157 (multiplexer) this fixed the problem.

My Amiga is now running again.