It’s true that this TRS-80 Mannequin 4P “luggable” was in higher form than most of the classic machines that move by the palms of [Drygol], however that doesn’t make the end result of its refurbishment and upgrade process any less impressive. In spite of everything, not each rebuild needs to be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
No, the case didn’t must get pieced again collectively by hand, and the board didn’t must have half of its traces recreated. However the outer plastic was actually in want of a very good retrobright therapy, the keyboard was overdue for a cleansing, and the capacitors within the PSU have been predictably due for retirement. After [Drygol] obtained by with it, the machine was again in like-new situation. However then, we are able to do some higher than that…
So into the refreshed laptop went a number of community-developed modifications, together with a M3SE expander that provides Compact Flash and Ethernet help to the TRS-80 and a high-resolution Grafyx video board. In basic [Drygol] fashion, each effort was made to combine these upgrades as seamlessly as attainable. After struggling for a bit to discover a 5.25″ drive that may write a disk the TRS-80 would really learn, all the required recordsdata to get the upgrades working have been transferred over, and the system was booting into TRSDOS.
We’ve coated a number of [Drygol]’s restorations, and by no means get uninterested in seeing how these previous and damaged machines get a brand new lease on life as soon as they arrive out the opposite finish. Whether or not it’s a relatively easy task of swapping out some dud chips, or utilizing each trick within the guide to piece together what’s left of a computer’s case, they at all times present an unbelievable stage of dedication and a spotlight to element which you can’t assist however admire.