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Repairing, restoring legacy Acorn kit

By Chris Williams. Published: 28th Jul 2003, 19:09:33 | Permalink | Printable

All the gory photos online

Close up of the inside of an A4000It comes as no surprise to us that Acorn related hardware produced from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s is still in use today by some users - the kind of users who won't let go of RISC OS 3 or, like me, keep an A3020 ready in case I spontaneously feel like playing Quark or Stunt Racer 2000. However, despite so far surviving the tests of time, upgrades and repairs are inevitable and it's handy to have a website like this one to show how everything fits together inside your Acorn computer.

Richard Hall's recently publicised Classic Acorn website has photo galleries to illustrate how to take apart various Acorn era machines in order to carry out repair, upgrade or restoration work.

"I decided to make an Acorn related website as I have always liked the brand. Mainly as they were what I grew up with at school during the 80's a la BBC-B's. This was all pre M128 and Archimedes era", Richard told us today. "The final thing that re-established my interest was acquiring later Acorn machines second hand like A3020's, A4000's. These were way out of my price range when they were released so I am making the most of them now.

"As for what I have planned next. It all depends on webspace. I have the site split across two accounts at the moment, but I hope start the LOGO and Turtle Roamers section soon, fantastic bits of kit. Also obtain more examples of Acorn machines for my personal collection. The idea being having at least one example of every machine Acorn made."


Classic Acorn website
Also, Repairing Acorn 3 button mice
House of Mabel Acorn museum Note: Any kind of repair job or work on your computer is entirely done at your own risk

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I've got number #003 A4 portable does that count as a museum piece? :-)

(Oh 1st posting too!)

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 28/7/03 8:42PM
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i smashed my a4 to pieces with a hammer, does that make me a bad person?

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 28/7/03 10:16PM
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Depends if you took pictures or not :)

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 28/7/03 10:35PM
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I resprayed my A4, shortly before discarding the case completley and moving it to a full tower case full of SCSI disks (atomwide parallel scsi interface rocked! :))

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 29/7/03 7:19AM
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My cat has just urinated on my A4 and it no longer works.

Does that make it a bad cat?


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 29/7/03 12:57PM
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My uncle urinated on the cat the other day by accident.

Does that make him bad?

 is a RISC OS Usertootled on 29/7/03 1:55PM
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Straying away from the A4 bashing, Quark has been made RISC OS 4 / StrongArm compatable. (Not tried it with Select yet) Cheers!

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 29/7/03 5:42PM
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tootled: Did the cat urinate on your uncle to get his own back?

 is a RISC OS UserTimothy609 on 29/7/03 7:35PM
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