my first project of 2019 is now planned‚ and I am going to take a look at the Amstrad NC-100 (Alan Michael Sugar Trading) Notebook from the Mid 1990s.
The Amstrad NC-100 is not to hard to find as there were a lot made but they are becoming a collectable item with the growth of Retro Gaming‚ personal computers & accessories and so prices are rising gradually.
This Amstrad NC-100 needs a fair bit of work that is evident from how it looks but isopropyl and a ton of cleaning should resolve that it and it’s likely the CR2032 will need changing.
Not Just any old Project
For me this is not just any old project the NC-100 holds quite a few memories for me.
I remember using Amstrad NC-100’s in 1995 when I was at school and there was a dedicated special needs and support system in place and they had a few of the machines for student’s to book out and use in lessons if they needed to and then return to the base station after a lesson or day to get all the work printed out with the use of the parallel cable connection.
So what tools will I need for this one?
At this stage its impossible to know exactly‚ I need to obviously check the unit over once I recieve it and then do the repair work before doing the project pieces on here but in terms of basics I do know those.
- My Trusty Electric Screwdriver – I will likely have to unscrew something (knowing my luck)
- Isopropyl – I could use Baking Soda that works pretty well but I have access to the above so I will just use that.
- Time – unlike previous projects my time is something that is short right now.
- RS23’ USB Cable – the RS23’ Port is obsolete thanks to wi-fi and USB but there is a lot of legacy devices & Specialist Calibration equipment that still need the port and the cable so the likes of Fluke Calibration and a bunch of 3rd parties now make RS23’ to USB cables.
and pretty much every chipset manufacturer have got
That brings my Preview Piece for this project to a close but keep your eyes peeled for the project itself piece in a few weeks.
This is a link to a digital copy of the manual for the Amstrad NC-100 which is over 200 pages