… or early SepTandy!
Here I am with another short story about a great retro computer that I was working on some time ago. This time I present you with a Tandy 1000 HX which turned to be a very cool computer! Turned out, because I’ve never played with such a machine because it is kinda exotic in Europe.
Sooooo … that machine was another custom job for one of my friends. This time it was sent to me for repairs/cleaning/modding. It was in decent shape. In order to run it, I needed a voltage converter as it runs on 110VAC.
Here is how it looked and worked once it arrived.
Disassembly and cleaning
Obviously, I didn’t wait much and started the disassembly process.
Motherboard received a warm bath in an ultrasonic cleaner.
The keyboard and case were just cleaned as they didn’t need retr0brighting.
Mods and add-ons
We’ve established a plan for this machine with a customer. We’ve decided that we will install few mods like:
Let me show how I’ve started with 3-1 mod. It gives the following features:
- Expands to 640kb of System RAM and 96kb of Upper Memory Blocks.
- Adds a 9pin RS232 Serial Port for a Serial Mouse or external Communications
- Adds an XT-CF-Lite Interface to provide “hard disk” storage and an easy way to
It came in as a KIT so I had to solder it all myself.
I was still missing one chip. I couldn’t source it easily in an original package so I’ve figured I’ll get an SMD variant and made an adapter for it.
V20 swap was a rather painless operation.
Next in line was an MDA2VGA adapter. It came in assembled but I’ve ordered it without a case as it can be 3D printed.
I’ve already used this device and it works extremely well. In this case, it was connected to an external port.
After a while, I had a case ready.
GOTEK as a second drive was next in line. This is how it looked.
It all turned out as an easy refurb. No serious problems, however, I already know from a client that after shipping this Tandy, there is an issue with the “over-sensitive” keyboard. If anyone of you knows what can cause such behavior, please let me know in the comments.
Below are some pics of the final results.
That’s it for today 🙂
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