DistantStar001 Posted April 1 Share Posted April 1 So like the title says, BBC Micro, Issue 4, Model B. At the moment, I'm still in the process of fixing the power supply, as the seller was kind enough to inform me that it failed a smoke test before he sold it. As such, I've replaced the two RIFA caps, and removed the third electrolytic recommended. However, two of the 250v 100uf capacitors were bulging on top, and discovered some slight leakage after I removed them. I have some 450v replacements that might/should work. I'm in the States, so I've been considering converting it to 115v, but I have a 250v step-up converter, so it's not a priority. Overall, the computer is in pretty fair shape. It was missing all its case screws but I found some suitable replacements. However, the vinyl on top is cracking and chipped along the right side of the keyboard and the user-ROM slot has been punched out. Question one: Is there anyone who makes a suitable replacement? I could fashion one, but I'd lose the labeling for the lights. Inside it has a Sidewise board (not entirely sure what's on it) which is attached to two switches on the back. Which leads to my second question: Would the Sidewise interfere with the User-ROM? I was considering adding a ZIF Socket (to plug the hole if nothing else), but I wanted to know how functional that would be? I've also seen an edge connector? Seriously, what would that be for? Additionally, there's a spot below the keyboard that I've seen some people (pictures and YouTube videos) where people added dip switches but they never explained why? Also, there's what I'm guessing is a double-density(or 2-sided) floppy board installed. But I know how proprietary the drives are? If I could get the right connector, could I adapt a standard PC drive? I also have a drive for a TRS-80 and Apple II, though I doubt that the latter would work. At some point I was going to get an SD solution, but floppies can be fun too. My next question regards ECONET. At the moment, my computer doesn't have it installed, but I was thinking of adding it. But what are the advantages and limitations? Can I use it to network to other 8-bit micros? Or am I limited to other BBC's? Can I use it to connect to outside servers? I understand these things can still connect to the BBC News feeds, but I'm not sure what I would need to do it? Lastly, is there anything else I should be looking into? Games? Accessories? Upgrades? Other add-ons that might be fun to play with? Any advice would be appreciated! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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