Tony Duell wrote:
Perhaps I'm odd, but I like to keep machines
as original as possible.
Which includes keeping the origianl drives, PSUs, etc.
No, not odd at all. (Not for that at least.) I'd like to keep the
machine original too, but it also has to be usable. If I can't use it,
there is no joy ...
I certianly agree with that. I don't collect ornaments. I collect
computing machines (and related stuff). The purpose of those is to run
programs, not to lokk pretty on the shelf.
But I don't feel that is mutually exclusive with 'keep them as original
as possible'. The 'as possible' bit covers replacing faulty parts so that
the machines can run again. But I replace the smallest part possible.
Obviously I don't have an IC fab line, so if a chip fails I have to
replace it. Maybe not with the same type but with a compatible one, or
worse with one that needs minor mofifications to the rest of the machine
for it all to work. But I replace the chip. I don't replace the entire
Similarly, I cna't repair a disk drive head. But I can replace the head
carriage, and keep the rest of the original drive in the machine. Or, as
I did recently, replace a track 0 sensor microswitch with an almost
indentical part (the only difference was the manufacturer, from what I
Sometimes I do try to repair the original part, if there's no suitable
new replacement. I've been known to rewind motors, for example.
Of course what is 'possible' depends on who you are. But I try to take
the view that if it's something I've not repaired before then it's a way
of learning how to do something new, not a problem that I'll never manage