After many years of looking the eBay gods smiled upon me and I have acquired a complete Commodore PC20-III - the seller was new so the price was low, and it was shipped in one small box, but the seller actually knew how to pack!! Monitor double boxed inside, all other components had styrofoam cut to wrap around it. However, the keyboard looks like it was stored in an active tanning bed.
I almost posted this in the "Irrational Want" topic because I have no reason to collect an old Turbo XT like this, but was thrilled to find it nonetheless.
I recently picked up an A1200 on eBay for $250. Given the lowish price I was expecting some bodge jobs and I was right. Not only is the hard drive duct taped to underside of the top case, the floppy drive is also floating unsecured in the case. I understand it should screw into a bracket that has two screws outside the case to secure it.
Is there a source for these parts somewhere so I can secure the floppy?
Every now and then, we all buy things on impulse, and it is often a disappointment, but every once in awhile you get something that you had low expectations for, but ended up really liking.
What retro computer did you pickup not expecting much, only to be pleasantly surprised?
I always derided the VIC-20, and still find it to be very limited, but perhaps because of low expectations I was very happy with an almost free unit that I picked up from a junk store. Some of the games are actually fun, it has a bright color palette, and is a nice window into how Commodore computers evolved.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was a 286 Tandy TL/2 that I picked up awhile back. I guess you could say this applies to all retro PCs of the era, but I had always derided them. As a Commodore 64 and Amiga owner, I always looked down on the PCs of the 80s, but man do I love the directness of the architecture. Banging directly on registers, you can almost feel the interrupts. Plus they are brilliant to type on and great for productivity. I thought I would hate it but actually I love exploring old applications on the Tandy.