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    Vintage Computers

    Yeah, two very different machines; one aimed at business (the Apple clone) and the other for graphics, but likely used 99% for gaming, right? :) Today, the Amiga 500 will be more sought after, for sure. And that 8833 monitor is extremely sought after. :)
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    Vintage Computers

    These Rifa caps were mains filters, to suppress noise going back into the mains from the computer side. They were designed to fail open circuit so when they blow (and they will after so many years), they tend to give your more of a fright than anything else, but normally the computer will...
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    Vintage Computers

    That is a really pristine Europlus you have there, suitably jealous! You must please send me your address and the times you're not at home, please. :) On the PSU; there are more than one Rifa in there typically, a big .47uF and a smaller 0.1uF, if I recall correctly. Did you get both of them?
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    Vintage Computers

    Pretty impressive! :cool:
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    Vintage Computers

    A few Rifas in there, absolutely waiting to release the magic smoke. If you look closely (red arrows) you'll see cracks in them. Once they crack like this, moisture creeps in and when you power them on, they expand rapidly and go boom with a lot of smelly and sticky smoke. But then, no...
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    Vintage Computers

    They are not too difficult to find if you're patient. Alternatively you could spend silly money on Fleabay. Model B and 800XL do come up locally, Electrons less so.
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    USB Latency generator

    Thanks, the FTDI link looks promising. I registered to ask on their forum as well. But, good lord, you need to win a quiz show just to register. Check this list of challenge questions just to join their forum...... :)
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    Vintage Computers

    PS. I've got an Executive that also does not turn on, so also suspect the PSU.
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    Vintage Computers

    Yeah, best to repair where you can and keep it original. Did you remove / replace the Rifas? They tend to go up in smoke shortly after turning these old PSUs on. PS. I'm assuming the Executive has filter caps, the Osborne 1 definitely has and they make lots of magic smoke. Where are you based?
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    Vintage Computers

    Got a few boxes of Lantastic, still want to set it up at some point :)
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    Vintage Computers

    Here is a list of drives that Gotek supports, it indicates you need a specific cable but then good to go. https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/support.htm
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    Vintage Computers

    Was a huge FDDI fan, built some cool networks with it. And the way the protocol did the 4/5-bit lookup was quite interesting. :) But always like how Token Ring worked on the wire. So much more elegant than Ethernet.
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    Vintage Computers

    With CA or CD? :)
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    Vintage Computers

    The Gotek can emulate large number of floppy formats. Here it is being used on an Osborne:
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    Vintage Computers

    People tend to gravitate towards systems that are around the time they got their first real crush on a system. I fell in love with computing in the late 70's, you probably in the 90's. Both are perfectly acceptable. I always smile at all the arguments on what is the definition of "vintage"...
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