I will not be able to offer any repair services etc. from September 1st 2021 to January 31st 2022. eMail responses may also be sporadic between those dates
Overseas customers are welcome, but
shipping costs will be higher, so please ask for a quote.
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
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 - Switch
Oric - Atmos
Panasonic - 3DO - FZ1 - FZ10
Sega - GameGear - Master System - MegaDrive - Genesis - Saturn - Dreamcast
Sharp - MZ700
Sinclair - ZX80 - ZX81 - Spectrum - QL
Sony - PS/1 - PS/2 - PS/3 - PS/4
Toshiba - HX10
Replacement drive belts for many cassette recorders in stock. I also keep drive belts for Amstrad / Sinclair 3" drives.
FREE ESTIMATES (please note if repair cost is less than £25, I would go ahead without waiting for confirmation)
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, or £15 if done at the same time as a repair to the relevant computer.
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
Sega Dreamcast Main Board - £30
Sega Dreamcast Power Supply - £20
Sega GameGear (using Ceramic MLCC capacitors) - £30
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.