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RetroBob
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New member hello!

Postby RetroBob » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:43 pm

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I originally had an A3000 as a kid aged 9-10 maybe, it was just before my school got them as my mother cleverly colluded with the IT teacher. I used it for schoolwork as well as games until I was about 15 perhaps when I moved to a W***ows laptop. I read Let's Compute and was a member of the Let's Compute club; also used to read Acorn User and Archimedes World though if I'm honest I was a bit young to understand much of it. I also have a couple of BBC Bs in the loft.

The main purpose of joining this forum is to learn more about my machines and how I can enjoy and look after them. Perhaps first priority is changing the battery before it goes kaput and kills the thing. I did a bit of programming back in the day but nothing only very basic stuff. I live not too far from Cambridge and only missed the recent Acorn World due to work.

A3000 takes pride of place in my office, I have a bit of software including some of our original stuff from back in the day. Yesterday I watched back some recordings on Chocks Away from 1991, crazy!

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Re: New member hello!

Postby danielj » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:47 pm

Welcome bob :) I trust you've got the battery out of it! :D

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Postby Elminster » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:51 pm

Welcome to the forum.

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Postby Multiwizard » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:52 pm

Hi Bob,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Acorn Attic, Wim... :-)

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Postby RetroBob » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:52 pm

Thanks! Actually the battery is still in (and working), probably something to do this weekend. Is there a "best way" to do this? I have minimal soldering experience, i..e. I was able to replace a fuse in a Super Nintendo and that works!

(I'll have a hunt around threads here)

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Postby danielj » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:57 pm

Snip it out with cutters. Hopefully it won't have leaked too much! Not to worry if it has, it's still working and it can be cleaned up with vinegar, rinsed with water and left to dry. Soldering a new one in isn't too hard. You can actually get away with an AA in the A3000 in the not-used-battery compartment underneath which is a bit safer for the motherboard :)

PaulV's got a nice description of a direct replacement:
http://www.retro-kit.co.uk/page.cfm/con ... intenance/

d.

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Postby flaxcottage » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:18 pm

Welcome RetroBob. The A3000 is a very nice machine. Glad to see you still use the CRT monitor - much better with the A3000 than these modern LCD things. :D
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Postby RetroBob » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:36 pm

danielj wrote:Snip it out with cutters. Hopefully it won't have leaked too much! Not to worry if it has, it's still working and it can be cleaned up with vinegar, rinsed with water and left to dry. Soldering a new one in isn't too hard. You can actually get away with an AA in the A3000 in the not-used-battery compartment underneath which is a bit safer for the motherboard :)

PaulV's got a nice description of a direct replacement:
http://www.retro-kit.co.uk/page.cfm/con ... intenance/

d.


Thanks, I'll take a look!

Welcome RetroBob. The A3000 is a very nice machine. Glad to see you still use the CRT monitor - much better with the A3000 than these modern LCD things. :D


Thanks! Yes I do love the proper monitor - it looks great all together.

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Postby roland » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:24 pm

Welcome RetroBob,

Enjoy your visits to this forum.

Greetings from the south of the Netherlands,
Roland
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Postby tricky » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:08 am

Welcome, while you have the soldering iron out, you could recap your beebs so that they don't sink up your lovely office :)

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Postby daveejhitchins » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:22 am

Welcome to the Forum, Bob . . . Enjoy . . .

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Postby davidb » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:00 am

Welcome! :D

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Postby RetroBob » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:40 pm

Ok, so I have ordered one of the Varta mountable batteries and some deionised water to give the board a bit of a clean.

Is there anything else I should be doing in there whilst the case is off? Give a good blow out with compressed air? Clean the keys? Something else? Please bear in mind, the limit of my soldering skills will be to remove the battery and replace it (and I might eff that up!).

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Postby danielj » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:58 pm

Good work! PaulV's got some guides to cleaning the keyboard and stuff on his retrokit website, however I'd go by the "If it ain't broke... Don't fix it" mantra :) (apart from batteries, they're tiny chemical timebombs)

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Re: New member hello!

Postby RetroBob » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:07 pm

Thanks, sounds good to me - have a good weekend.

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Postby CMcDougall » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:16 pm

welcome Bob :)
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