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ZX Spectrum | Cheap as Chips

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2nd October 2017 11 min

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Update: The Spectrum is repaired, but all it took was some new capacitors before I attempted any interesting fault finding. So this series will now be taking a different direction exploring what made the system unique.

I was donated a rather handsome 48KB ZX Spectrum by Mrs ManCave's father this week. Owing to its cosmetic condition we can hardly make this a "Trash to Treasure" series, but it is in a none-working condition. Let's start by taking a look at the system before we move on to repairs, and the use of the machine in the modern day.

Music Credits:

"U make me feel" - MK2

"See you soon" - Otis Mcdonald

Dance, Don't Delay by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (



"Secret Conversations" - The 126ers

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  • sinclair
  • 48k
  • issue 2
  • zx80
  • zx81
  • clive sinclair
  • spectrum
  • 8bit
  • 8 bit
  • repair
  • fix
  • refurbish
  • retro
  • computing
  • computers
  • old computer
  • british
  • uk
  • 1980s
  • 80s
  • trash to treasure
  • mend
  • capacitor
  • ula
  • cpu
  • z80
  • inductor
  • mainboard
  • system
  • system board
  • solder
  • traces

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