Repairing 1.44Mb Floppy Drives

The 3.5 inch 1.44Mb floppy disk drive has been a standard feature on PC’s from the late 1980’s early 286’s through to Pentium 4 PC’s into middle 2000’s. Incredible as it may seem, 1.44Mb floppy drives still have a place a in retro computing mostly as a starting...
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Repair a Stuck CD / DVD Drive Door in 10 Minutes

Have you ever had the frustrating experience of being unable to open the drive door on your CD or DVD drive? Well in 99% of cases it’s due to the rubber drive belt becoming loose, hard or broken. Fortunately there’s an easy fix which takes as little as...
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Repairing a Macintosh SE/30 with No Sound

Silent Mac and Other Mysterious Problems If you’ve just turned on your Apple Macintosh SE/30 after it’s been put away for the last few years in storage and found there is no sound from the speaker…and trying obvious things like turning up the volume at the control panel doesn’t work, then chances...
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Replacing CMOS Batteries in Old PC’s

You’ve just fired up your old PC, the screen comes to life with the usual BIOS messages and memory count. All looks fine, until you hear beep beep and get this warning : CMOS Checksum Error – Defaults loaded. At least the PC still works , but the last message is a sure sign the CMOS...
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