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Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview

Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes

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.

Ebay Find

Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes

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 Retrogaming personal computers & accessories and so prices are rising gradually.

Condition

This one that 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 its likely the CR203 will need changing.

Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes

Not Just any old Project

Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes

For me this is not just any old project the NC-100 holds quite a few memories for me.

I remember using these way back 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 students 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?

Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes

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)
Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes
  • Isopropyl – I could use Baking Soda that works pretty well but I have access to the above so I will just use that.
Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes
  • Time – unlike previous projects my time is something that is short right now.
Amstrad NC-100, Amstrad NC-100 Project Preview, Tim Salt Writes
  • RS23 USB Cable – the RS23 Port is obsolete thanks to wi-fi and USB but there is a lot of legacy devices & Specialist Calibration equipment that still need the port and the cable so the likes of Fluke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 code to allow them to work with the likes of windows 7 and 10.

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.

Until Next Time

Tim

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