Real Retro Gaming: Playing PC Hack on a Dual 5.25 386/40
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Real Retro Gaming: Playing PC Hack on a Dual 5.25 386/40

For this Real Retro Gaming adventure, I’m going to play a game from my youth called “Hack”, or PC Hack as its official name. This was a freeware offering that you could download from Bulletin Board Systems or buy out of the back of computer magazines. I'll also be playing this on a 386 40Mhz with dual 5.25" Floppy drives.

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.

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