Microbee-MSPP Photo Gallery

Photos of Microbee and other vintage Australian microcomputers


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High tech keyswitch assembly jig318 viewsUsing a keyswitch adapter PCB as a template, I drilled 3x 1mm holes in a piece of timber to hold the PCB pins straight
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High tech keyswitch assembly jig292 viewsI then just added the PCB and soldered the 2 pins at the right. To ensure both pin collars were hard up against the board, I used a screwdriver to apply pressure to the centre of the board and just remelted the solder. The 3rd pin is not soldered, it just helps to hold the board in position
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Completed keyswitch281 viewsI used the keyboard frame to temporarily hold each switch vertical while the adapter board was attached, using the same solder/ screwdriver pressure/remelt technique to ensure a tight PCB fit to the keyswitch base
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A set of completed keyswitches288 viewsThe result of a few hours on the keyswitch production line
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Baseboard assembly - stage 1315 viewsMost of the passive components installed
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Baseboard assembly - stage 2349 viewsPassives complete, all IC sockets installed, all current ECOs applied. I decided to install a complete set of IC sockets to enable any future inspirational tinkering :-)
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Baseboard assembly - stage 3333 viewsPower supply and minimal keyboard installed
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Baseboard assembly - stage 4329 viewsRemaining keyswitches added and all ICs installed
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Baseboard complete371 viewsKeyboard now complete and baseboard installed in case
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Standard coreboard347 viewsAs supplied
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Coreboard with physical FDC361 viewsCoreboard with the optional physical FDC kit added
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Coreboard installed489 viewsCoreboard installed, just case assembly left to go
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