Sleeper Storage Device Build - Microscience Stealth
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Sleeper Storage Device Build - Microscience Stealth

My Sleeper Storage Device rides the wave between a modern PC and the Retro PC. For those looking to add a modern storage solution to their Retro PC build but want to ensure that everything is visually period correct then, my project is a perfect solution.

I put a Microscience HH-1060 in my Retro 386
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I put a Microscience HH-1060 in my Retro 386

Now here is something you don't see every day. A Retro PC 386 with a MFM/RLL hard drive installed which is the ultimate expression of true retro computing. It may not be period correct or all that useful but, it is amazing.

Noctua Fan Upgrade in a Retro PC Power Supply
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Noctua Fan Upgrade in a Retro PC Power Supply

This might be one of the most beneficial upgrades you can do to ANY Retro PC, not only are the fans old and likely wore out but, the more efficient Noctua designs will not only flow more air but will reduce the noise ceiling considerably.

My Retrobright Process for converting yellowed ABS
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My Retrobright Process for converting yellowed ABS

One of the defining characteristics of vintage computers is the “beige” box. This was a rather neutral color for the time period and allowed other hardware vendors a sudo color standard to follow when offering up their accessories.

Repairing Another 386/40Mhz Motherboard
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Repairing Another 386/40Mhz Motherboard

The motherboard in the Classic Case build had extensive damage that was targeted right around the motherboard mounting hole below the battery. My guess is that when this system was taken out of service it was stored on its side which allowed the battery contents to pool up and attack that one region.

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

    Published: Sunday, December 19, 2021 - Retro 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

    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.