I repair or service many vintage computers and game
consoles: Please enquire
Acorn - Electron - BBC Micro - BBC Master - Archimedes
Amstrad - CPC464 - CPC664 - CPC6128 - CPC464+ - CPC6128+ - GX4000 - NC100
Apple - Apple II - Apple IIe - Apple Mac (not monitors)
Atari - VCS 2600 - 5200 - 7800 - 400 - 800 - XE - XL - Lynx - Jaguar - 520ST - 1040ST - STE
Coleco - ColecoVision
Commodore - Plus 4 - C16 - VIC20 - C64 - C128 - Amiga - CD32
Dell - PC Motherboards
Dragon - Dragon 32 - Dragon 64
Mattel - Intellivision
Microsoft - XBox
MSX - Canon - Panasonic - Sony - Toshiba
NEC - PC Engine - Turbo Grafx - Duo
Nintendo - NES - SNES - Super Famicom - GameCube - Wii - GameBoy
Panasonic - 3DO - FZ1 - FZ10
Sega - GameGear - Master System - MegaDrive - Genesis - Saturn - Dreamcast
Sharp - MZ700
Sinclair - ZX80 - ZX81 - Spectrum - QL
Sony - HitBit - PS/1 - PS/2 - PS/3 - PSP
Tangerine - Oric - Atmos
Toshiba - HX10
Console Mods - Region Free BIOS, 50 / 60 Hz, Video Mods, SD Cards, etc. Please ask for details and costs.
Fixed price repairs (including UK return shipping) on Gameboy hand-held consoles including those suffering from mild battery leakage
Gameboy Original - £25.00
Gameboy Color - £25.00
Gameboy Advance - £25.00
Gameboy Advance SP - £25.00
Gameboy Pocket - £25.00
Price includes cleaning of circuit boards, case, etc. as well as most parts that may need replacing (major electronic parts, cases, buttons etc. not included).
Optionally, I can also supply and fit replacement cases, buttons, screens, speakers etc. as well as internal mods such as amplifiers etc.
Please ask for more details or Click Here for full price list.
Replacement drive belts for many cassette recorders in stock. I also keep drive belts for Amstrad / Sinclair 3" drives.
Shipping / Re-Packaging costs (if original packing is unsuitable for return shipping) are extra.
BBC Micro / Master power supply re-capping is £25 plus return shipping.
I can also offer a re-capping service at a fixed price on many popular computers / games consoles.For details of a typical job please see - Re-Cappping an Amiga A1200
Recapping example costs:
Amiga 500 / 500+ - £35
Amiga 600 - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Amiga 1200 - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Amiga CD32 - £35 standard, £60 polymer
Amiga 2000 - £50
Amiga 3000 - £50
Amiga 4000 - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Apple Classic Logic Board - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Apple LC, LC II, LCIII Logic Board - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Apple Performa Logic Board - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Apple SE/30 Logic Board - £30 standard, £50 polymer
Commodore C64 - £25
NEC PC Engine Duo - £60
Nintendo SNES / Super Famicom - £25
Sega Dreamcast Main Board - £30
Sega Dreamcast Power Supply - £20
Sega GameGear (using Ceramic MLCC capacitors) - £30
Sega Saturn Main Board - £35
Sega Saturn Power Supply - £20
Atari Lynx 1, II - £30
Atari Jaguar - £45
Sinclair Spectrum 48k / 48k Plus / 128k Toastrack - £20 (Standard black capacitors)
Sinclair Spectrum 48k / 48k Plus / 128k Toastrack - £30 (Vishay blue capacitors)
Polymer capacitors are more expensive than standard electrolytics, but have the following advantages:
Lower ESR/higher allowable ripple current
No dry-out behaviour (unlike aluminium capacitors)
Higher expected lifetime/load life
Polymer / MLCC Ceramic Capacitors are available as options for most computers and games consoles. Please ask for a quote.
Please ask for a quote if your computer / console is not listed above. Prices do not include return shipping and are subject to inspection of the board. Also, please be aware that while re-capping can often fix odd faults, that this is not a guaranteed repair service.
ZX Spectrum 16k / 48k Composite Video Mod - £10 plus return shipping. Price includes new video cable. Only £5 if done with a general re-capping (see above).
I am no longer able to accept CRT monitors for repair, nor computers containing these (due to space and storage constraints as well as risk of damage in transit)
I can supply and fit McWill LCD screens to GameGears and Lynx handheld consoles
GameGear - £130
Lynx (either model) - £145
I recommend that re-capping is done on these consoles before the new screen is installed
Return shipping extra.
I can also install your McWill or BennVenn screen if you have already purchased one.
CD32 / GameCube / Sega - Laser Assembly replacement - from £30
Does your Atari Jaguar console no longer power on? If so, I can fix the most common problem that causes this fault and restore your console to full working order for just £30 plus return shipping. (This price assumes the fault is caused by the most common regulator failure)
Atari 2600 Composite Video Mod - £35
Atari 2600 Modification to give HDMI output (including cable) - £85
Arcade Board Repairs (Jamma etc.) - Due to the time involved in setting up the test environment for arcade boards, I charge a minimum fee of £30 (non-refundable if repair not possible or estimate not accepted) - Please contact me first to check if your arcade board is one I can work on.
Amiga A500+ repairs - if your Amiga A500+ has a leaking battery and you don't want to swap it out for an A500++ board (ask me for details on these), then I may still be able to help. To clean up corrosion damage, replace damaged parts, and fix corroded traces will usually cost between £60 and £90 plus shipping - if you send a few photographs of the damaged area I may be able to be a bit more accurate, but this type of repair is always subject to physical inspection of the board and is it is not guaranteed that a fix will always be possible or that extra parts may not be required. A minimum charge of £25 will always apply to boards with battery leakage even if a repair is not possible due to the time I need to spend in cleaning and checking traces etc.
I can also offer a new service to Amiga A500+ owners who have been plagued by corosion due to leaking batteries. A new main board has been reverse engineered and produced by Rob "Peepo" Taylor to replace the corrosion damaged board in these computers. Boards can be purchased directly from Rob, but for those who don't feel confident enough with their soldering skill (there are a LOT of solder joints to make - over 1800!), I can offer a full service build using a mixture of orginal parts from the damaged board and new parts where needed.
I would generally fit all new resistors, capacitors, IC sockets, transistors, and most of the logic ICs. From your original board I use the Commodore custom ICs, together with a handful of obsolete or difficult to obtain parts such as the 23 pin connectors, power socket, line filter etc. All ICs are socketed for easier fault-finding / replacing in the future.
My price of £345 including the board (£295 if you supply the new board) assumes that all main chips are working and that the other parts to be taken from the board are in good condition. Should any parts not be suitable I will contact you as soon as practicable to discuss options.
I would normally expect to take between 3 and 6 weeks from receipt of your original board until the replacement board is ready. Please note that the price for this service assumes you are sending the board only, no case, disk drive, keyboard, power supply etc. Please contact me if you need extra work to be done, or for a full current price list (now available online)
Please be aware that payment is required with order for this service.
ROM / PAL / GAL Programming service - please email for details
HDMI Ports, Charging Ports & USB Connector replacement service.
Apple Mac PRAM Batteries from stock - available for UK customers only @ £12.50
Replacement battery holders are also available to replace damaged or corroded ones.
Refurbished Computers / Consoles:
From time-to-time I have available computers and consoles that I have refurbished. Please contact me for more details or to be added to my wait-list for specific machines. As a guide to how I refurbish computers I have prepared a pdf giving an outline of a typical refurbishment project - in this case it is a BBC Micro. Prices for refurbished BBC machines are also included. Download HERE
Please complete this Mail-In-Form to book a repair and send with your computer or console. Please email me first to check I am available - if I take more than a day or so to answer I may be on holiday or otherwise engaged but will respond as soon as I can. contact me for more details.
Please check with me before sending any computer / console for repair. If I don't respond promptly, then I may be away or otherwise engaged and I will respond as soon as possible.
Estimates are free (except for return shipping and any re-packing costs).
Where machines have had previous repairs, or where corrosion from leaking batteries or spilled drinks are present then I reserve the right to make a minimum charge of £25 in view of the fact that I need to spend more time cleaning boards and / or checking previous work.
I have been asked a few times about warranties on my repairs, so here is an explanation of how I work. In the 1980s I started my own business repairing and manufacturing computers. I worked primarily on Spectrums, C64 and BBC Micros, but also on other home computers and PCs from IBM, etc. I did this for some while, then worked in technical support roles until retiring in 2004. I am now a hobbyist who enjoys repairing old computers and the like, not a business. I sell and repair machines from time to time to help fund my own collection of computers, test equipment, tools etc. and as such I don't make large profits and am unable to offer the sort of warranty you are likely to get on new items. Also, due to the age of the computers I repair, there is a larger risk of component failure than with new parts. Accordingly, in the event of any failure of a repair that I have undertaken (other than cosmetic), I will further repair free of any labour costs for at least 3 months from date of original repair. I would expect you to pay shipping (both ways) and the cost of any parts used. After 3 months I will work on a case-by-case basis, but will try and be as flexible as I can.