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Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   One of the finishing touches that got cut from the Project Essex Commodore SX-64 restoration video on element14 presents was replacing the "transit card" (officially known as the "Head Vibration Protector") from the 1541 floppy diskette drive. The transit card is a specially-shaped piece of heavy card stock that slides into the disk drive and holds the head assembly in place t ...
  My friend Jon Esparza (@jonscrazytweets) discovered a rare Commodore SX-64 while going through his late father's storage unit. Knowing that I was a retro computer enthusiast, he gave me a call to see if I was interested in doing something with it. So of course I took a road trip to south San Diego to see this "Commodore laptop" in person (and get some bomb tacos)! Jon was kind enough to let me take this Commodore SX-64 off his hands and see if I could get it in any better shape than it's ...
Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     In my quest to restore the Commodore SX-64, my first obstacle was the lack of video signal on the internal monitor. I needed to diagnose the Commodore SX-64 video signal before I would be able to move on to any other Commodore SX-64 repairs. In this video, I will go through the process to diagnose a Commodore SX-64 blank screen and step through how to repair a Commodo ...
Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     Are you keeping up with the Commodore? 'Cos the Commodore is keeping up with you!   Sadly, no Shatner in this commercial ...
Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     The Commodore 1541 floppy diskette drive is notorious for breaking down. The Commodore SX-64 floppy drive is no different. As I continue my Commodore SX-64 restoration, I find that the 1541 floppy drive doesn't read diskettes any more and makes a chattering sound when attempting to read a disk. In this video, I walk through how to diagnose the SX-64 floppy drive as we ...
Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     The Commodore SX-64 keyboard is usually the first thing to fail on these old systems. As such, I need to repair the keyboard on this SX-64 restoration. To begin, I'll need to DIY an SX-64 keyboard cable from a 25-pin serial cable. I'll use the SX-64 replacement keyboard cable to diagnose problems with the membrane keyboard itself and resurface the SX-64 membrane keybo ...
Commodore SX-64 Restoration element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     I was having a little trouble working on my Commodore SX-64, trying to diagnose a blank screen, so I needed to attach the Commodore 64 to a TV. Unfortunately, with these retro computers, the cables seem to vanish into the dustbin of history. So, to fix my borked Commodore SX-64, I needed to hack together a DIY Commodore AV cable. This 5-pin DIN AV cable is compatible ...
Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld element14 Presents  | AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile | Project Videos   ...
Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld element14 Presents  | AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile | Project Videos       ...
Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld element14 Presents  | AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile | Project Videos   The matrix circuit for Project Hawthorne is a little different in that it's all NPN transistors instead of the "simpler" combination of a shift register and decade counter. I feel like this is less abstract and easier for a novice to understand.   ...
PlayStation Classic Portable Prototype element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     In my quest to hack the PlayStation Classic, I have to first open up the system to see what's inside and what makes it tick. In this video, we'll teardown the PlayStation Classic console and explore its insides, determine the state of its build quality, and see what kinds of electronics are hiding inside! ...
PlayStation Classic Portable Prototype element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     Continuing on our quest to hack the PlayStation Classic and coming off the heels of the console teardown, I thought it might be fun to also take a peek inside the PlayStation Classic's USB controllers and see how they're put together. ...
Xybernaut Wearable PC element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     As part of Project Xyberpunk for element14 Presents, I needed to teardown the Xybernaut MAIV wearable computer. In this video, I'll take the Xybernaut MAIV teardown to green boards to find out what kind of processor runs the Xybernaut MAIV as well as determine what other hardware is present inside it. ...
Xybernaut Wearable PC element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     As part of Project Xyberpunk for element14 Presents, I needed to teardown the Xybernaut MAIV wearable computer. In this video, I'll take the Xybernaut MAIV teardown to green boards to find out what kind of processor runs the Xybernaut MAIV as well as determine what other hardware is present inside it. ...
Xybernaut Wearable PC element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos     In this video, we'll walk through how to install a TFT LCD screen on on a Raspberry Pi for small form factor or portable projects. This screen will form part of the head-mounted display for Project Xyberpunk on element14 Presents.   FBTFT driver: https://github.com
otro/fbtft/ RPi-FBCP service: https://github.com/tasanakorn/rpi-fbcp ...