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I repair or service many vintage computers and game
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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 oscillator, crystal, 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, or send me an email.
I am also now offering a new service to Sinclair Spectrum / Spectrum Plus owners who wish to update their machine with the 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 of £139 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.
I would normally expect to take between 2 and 3 weeks from receipt of order until the replacement board is ready.
I can also supply components - please see Harlequin Price List for more details, or send me an email.
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.
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.