Repairing a Battery Damaged 386 Motherboard
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Repairing a Battery Damaged 386 Motherboard

During the service life of these computers there were reports of batteries exploding and/or leaking, sometimes they would destroy the motherboard and other times they just stopped keeping time. Either way it was an acceptable risk and usually when the board or battery failed it was time to upgrade anyway.

Discovered that my Retro PC got Stoned!
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Discovered that my Retro PC got Stoned!

I have been in the process of collecting some old Retro PC hardware for some YouTube projects and before I started tearing into each of the computers, I wanted to take an image of each hard drive and then document the components in each system.

How to Fix a Microscience HH-1060 RLL Hard Drive
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How to Fix a Microscience HH-1060 RLL Hard Drive

The drive featured in this video is a Microscience HH-1060 Half Height RLL Compatible hard drive supporting 66MB of storage capacity. It has issues moving the heads and I'm going to show you how I fixed it.

Hardware Asylum at Hackfort 2021
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Hardware Asylum at Hackfort 2021

Hardware Asylum was again presenting at Hackfort and decided to take a different approach from what we did during Hackfort 2019 and planted ourselves behind a table to show off some really cool things you can do with computers.

Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts
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Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

The purpose of this project is to build a solid test bench that can be reconfigured on the fly to hold just about any motherboard form factor from standard ATX to Baby AT with the single Keyboard DIN socket.

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  • Repairing a Battery Damaged 386 Motherboard

    Published: Monday, November 29, 2021 - Retro Repairing a Battery Damaged 386 Motherboard

    During the service life of these computers there were reports of batteries exploding and/or leaking, sometimes they would destroy the motherboard and other times they just stopped keeping time. Either way it was an acceptable risk and usually when the board or battery failed it was time to upgrade anyway.

  • Discovered that my Retro PC got Stoned!

    Published: Monday, November 8, 2021 - Retro Discovered that my Retro PC got Stoned!

    I have been in the process of collecting some old Retro PC hardware for some YouTube projects and before I started tearing into each of the computers, I wanted to take an image of each hard drive and then document the components in each system.

  • How to Fix a Microscience HH-1060 RLL Hard Drive

    Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - Retro How to Fix a Microscience HH-1060 RLL Hard Drive

    The drive featured in this video is a Microscience HH-1060 Half Height RLL Compatible hard drive supporting 66MB of storage capacity. It has issues moving the heads and I'm going to show you how I fixed it.

  • Hardware Asylum at Hackfort 2021

    Published: Sunday, October 10, 2021 - Events Hardware Asylum at Hackfort 2021

    Hardware Asylum was again presenting at Hackfort and decided to take a different approach from what we did during Hackfort 2019 and planted ourselves behind a table to show off some really cool things you can do with computers.

  • Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

    Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Modding Building a PC Test Bench from Spare Parts

    The purpose of this project is to build a solid test bench that can be reconfigured on the fly to hold just about any motherboard form factor from standard ATX to Baby AT with the single Keyboard DIN socket.

  • Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault

    Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - Asylum Vault Bench testing a 486 from the Hardware Asylum Vault

    Well, this 486 motherboard has a similar story. The board was part of a super cool Mini Tower computer that I acquired several months after selling off my existing 486 computer parts. I had already migrated to a Socket 5 based machine and really had no use for another 486 build but, I felt it would be a good platform for learning Linux and testing out some computer networking.