RETROFIX

Vintage Computer & Games Console Repairs


FREE ESTIMATES ON ALL COMPUTER AND GAME CONSOLE REPAIRS
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Overseas customers are welcome, but shipping costs will be higher, so please ask for a quote.

I repair or service many vintage computers and game consoles: please enquire

Acorn
Amstrad
Apple
Atari
Commodore
Dragon
Microsoft
Nintendo
Sega
Sinclair
Sony
Toshiba

FREE ESTIMATES (excluding any shipping / re-packaging costs)

BBC Micro computer repairs: If your BBC Micro is giving a continuous beep on switch on, I can repair it for a fixed price of £40 plus parts and return shipping. BBC Micro power supply re-capping is £30 plus return shipping, or £25 if done at the same time as a repair.

I can also offer a re-capping service at a fixed price on many popular computers / games consoles.

Example costs:
Amiga 500 / 500+ - £35
Amiga 600 - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Amiga 1200 - £30 standard, £45 polymer
Amiga CD32 - £35 standard, £55 polymer
Apple LC, LC II, LCIII Logic Board - £30
Apple Performa Logic Board - £30
Sega GameGear (using Ceramic MLCC capacitors) - £30
Atari Lynx 1, II - £35
Atari Jaguar - £45
Sinclair Spectrum 48k / 48k Plus / 128k Toastrack - £30 (Vishay blue capacitors)

Please ask for a quote if your computer / console is not listed above. Prices do not include return shipping and are subject to inspection of the board.

I can supply and fit McWill LCD screens to GameGears and Lynx handheld consoles
GameGear - £130
Lynx (either model) - £145
I recommend that re-capping is done on these consoles before the new screen is installed
Return shipping extra.

ROM / PAL / GAL Programming service - please email for details

HDMI & USB connector replacement service.

Please complete this Mail-In-Form to book a repair and send with your computer or contact me for more details.

COMPONENTS:


I have a new components price list now available. This lists many of the parts I keep in stock and which I can sell individually. You can download at: Component Price List

RE-AMIGA A1200:

I am now offering boards and components for the Re-Amiga A1200 as designed by John "Chucky" Hertell. Please see A1200 Price List for more details, options, and component kits - or send me an email.

AMIGA 500++:

I am now offering a new service to Amiga A500+ owners who have been plagued by corosion due to leaking batteries. A new main board has been reverse engineered and produced by Rob "Peepo" Taylor to replace the corrosion damaged board in these computers. Boards can be purchased directly from Rob, but for those who don't feel confident enough with their soldering skill (there are a LOT of solder joints to make - over 1800!), I can offer a full service build using a mixture of orginal parts from the damaged board and new parts where needed.

I would generally fit all new resistors, capacitors, IC sockets, transistors, and most of the logic ICs. From your original board I use most of the connectors and main ICs, together with a handful of obsolete or difficult to obtain parts such as the 23 pin connectors, line filter etc. All ICs are socketed for easier fault-finding / replacing in the future.

My price of £295 including the board assumes that all main chips are working and that the other parts to be taken from the board are in good condition. Should any parts not be suitable I will contact you as soon as practicable to discuss options.

I would normally expect to take between 2 and 3 weeks from receipt of your original board until the replacement board is ready. Please note that the price for this service assumes you are sending the board only, no case, disk drive, keyboard, power supply etc. Please contact me if you need extra work to be done.

I can also supply components or part-built boards - please see A500++ Price List for more details, options, and component kits - or send me an email.

AMIGA 2000:

I am now offering a new service to Amiga A2000 owners who have been plagued by corrosion due to leaking batteries. A new main board has been reverse engineered by “Floppie209” to replace the corrosion damaged board in these computers. For those who don’t feel confident enough with their soldering skill (there are a LOT of solder joints to make!), I can offer a partially built board using new parts.

I install all new resistors, capacitors, IC sockets, transistors, and most of the logic ICs. From your original board you would need to remove several connectors, all the main ICs, and a handful of obsolete or difficult to obtain parts. All IC positions are socketed for easier fault-finding / replacing in the future.

My price includes a new board (ask for a discount if you already have an A2000 board), plus all new parts as above. You will need to unsolder the video connector, and a few other parts from your original A2000 board as well as use all your existing socketed chips (I can quote for any parts that may be faulty or missing from your board).

I would normally expect to take between 2 and 3 weeks from receipt of your original board until the replacement board is ready. Please note that the price for this service assumes you are sending the board only, no case, disk drive, keyboard, power supply etc. Please contact me if you need extra work to be done.

I can also supply components or part-built boards - please see A2000 Price List for more details, options, and component kits - or send me an email.

HARLEQUIN:

I am now offering a new service to Sinclair Spectrum and Spectrum Plus owners who wish to update their machines with the Harlequin board (a compatible Spectrum clone board without the ULA and with modern components). Boards can be purchased from multiple sources, but for those who don't feel confident enough with their soldering skill (there are a LOT of solder joints to make!), I can offer a fully built board using new parts (excluding ROM). My price includes a new board plus all new parts. You will need to remove the ROM from your original Spectrum board or I can supply a replacement ROM (Standard Sinclair or GW ROM as you prefer) at an extra cost. I can also supply individual components for those who want to make up their own board - please see Harlequin Price List for more details, options, and component kits - or send me an email.

TERMS:

All prices quoted are for labour only (except for re-capping services where standard capacitors are included in the price) - any parts used (except small parts costing less than £3 in total) will be invoiced extra at prices ruling on date of installation. Where part are not available, or where the price is not acceptable, I will fit a socket wherever possible and the normal labour cost only will apply. Customers can then fit their own part at a later date.

If I am unable to repair any computer sent to me (except for the reasons above), I will refund any money paid less return shipping costs. This applies providing a previous repair has not been attempted. Where machines have had previous repairs, or where corrosion from leaking batteries or spilled drinks are present then I reserve the right to make a minimum charge of £25 in view of the fact that I need to spend more time cleaning boards and / or checking previous work.

WARRANTY:

I have been asked a few times about warranties on my repairs, so here is an explanation of how I work. In the 1980s I started my own business repairing and manufacturing computers. I worked primarily on Spectrums, C64 and BBC Micros, but also on other home computers and PCs from IBM, etc. I did this for some while, then worked in technical support roles until retiring in 2004. I am now a hobbyist who enjoys repairing old computers and the like, not a business. I sell and repair machines from time to time to help fund my own collection of computers, test equipment, tools etc. and as such I don't make large profits and am unable to offer the sort of warranty you are likely to get on new items. Also, due to the age of the computers I repair, there is a larger risk of component failure than with new parts. Accordingly, in the event of any failure of a repair that I have undertaken (other than cosmetic), I will further repair free of any labour costs for at least 3 months from date of original repair. I would expect you to pay shipping (both ways) and the cost of any parts used. After 3 months I will work on a case-by-case basis, but will try and be as flexible as I can.