Wellington haul - The aftermath
It's been a slog but I've finally worked my way through the Wellington haul. This involved cleaning (lots of cleaning!), checking, repairing, assessing and deciding what to keep, pass on, or junk. The annotated photos below tell the story!
Figure 1. Fate of the computers and monitors (and one printer) from the Wellington haul
Fate of the computers
- IBM-XT (with keyboard) - Repaired and now a prize member of the collection!
- Computerphone (with screen) - No repairs needed. This unit is now a part of the collection!
- Osborne 1 - Excellent cosmetically and screen lights up. However, drives show no sign of life. I've tagged it to be fixed at a later date as a separate project. It will most likely replace my existing Osborne 1. (Update 25/22/2010: this wasn't broken after all!)
- Three PS/2 30-286s (with one keyboard) - Two were working, one was not. I'll keep the IBM memory chips and install them in my collection model to bring it up to 4MB. One unit has been sold, one is tagged to be sold and one was sent for recycling.
- Commodore PC-5 (with keyboard) - This goes just fine. I'll keep it (for now).
- Commodore PC-10 III (with keyboard) - This also works well. Sold.
- Shimasu 286-16 - Working well . I may sell this at a later date but I'll keep it for now.
- Apple Mac LC-III - This didn't work and emitted an alarming high pitched squealing when switched on. It was stripped of hard and floppy drives and sent for recycling.
- Unitron 486 DX-33 - Showed no signs of life and was very, very dusty. Both hard and floppy drives were removed and the rest sent for recycling.
- Redstone PC Clone - The PSU didn't go and the motherboard had been stripped of processor, cards and drives. Sent for recycling.
Fate of the monitors
- One 14 inch TTL amber monochrome - I'm keeping this one. Goes well.
- One 12 inch TTL amber monochrome - Sold with the Commodore PC-10 III
- One 14 inch TTL green screen monochrome - This needs repair. Ok when first switched on but fades as it warms up. As the green screen looks cool, I'll keep it in the sick bay and tackle the repair as a separate project.
- Two VGA monochrome monitors - Even though these are just mono, I have enough VGA monitors so sent for recycling
Figure 2. Fate of the other things in the Wellington haul
Fate of the printers
- One Star NX-10 (Boxed) - Faulty. Prints a few characters then falls over. This will be recycled if it can't be gifted on.
- One Star NX-1000 - Faulty. Prints a few characters then stops. This will be recycled if it can't be gifted on.
- One Star LC-100 - Works fine. I'll keep this one.
Fate of other things
- Phillips keyboard - OK. Unusually large keyboard with a lot of real estate. Will keep it as an oddity.
- Boxed (brand new) generic AT-style keyboard - Works fine. I'll keep it!
- Serial card - Untested but I assume it works. Will keep it and test someday.
- External modem - Netcomm smartmodem 2400A - Untested but I assume it works. Will keep it and test someday.
- Asante Mac ethernet card - Untested but I assume it works. Will keep it and test someday.
- Four boxes of sealed DD/DS 5.25 inch disks - Always useful.
- Osborne manual in good condition - I'll use this to replace my tatty one.
- Osborne DBASE2 Manual and software - I'll keep this too.
- One 30MB Quantum (massive!) hard drive - This is huge, heavy and impressive. I'll keep as a spare for my XT if needed.
All in all the Wellington haul has added substantially to my collection. The IBM XT and Computerphone were the highlights. Even the things that I've sold on have been fun to check out. Everything is now assessed, cleaned and stored away. I've got my garage back!
20th November, 2010