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Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« on: 10:17, 03 January 18 »
Happy New Year!

The postman delivered yesterday an untested CPC 6128 Plus which I grabbed off ebay for 45 Euro:



I have no cables yet (expected next week) so I have started disassembly and cleaning:







Steps taken so far:

- Removed casing

- Removed keyboard, drive and PCB

- Used a blower to remove the dust

- Removed the keys without metal pieces

- Cleaned the PCB with cotton swabs soaked in pharmaceutical alcohol (95%) (Is it OK?)

- The cartridge was being pushed back when plugged in and I could hear a sound that something was broken. I opened the cartridge carefully and found out that the back pin was broken. So I cut a small piece from a toothpick which I glued in the pin hole. Cleaned the cartridge pins with the cotton swabs to remove the slight dirt and closed the cartridge. It is firm now.

The cleaning will continue and will update the thread with new pictures.

The general condition of the unit seems to be OK and this is why I am hopeful that it may work.

I am totally useless with electronics and I will be helpless in case it does not power on when I receive the cables.

Let's see  :)



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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #1 on: 10:44, 03 January 18 »
Check the drive belt while you're waiting for the cables to arrive.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #2 on: 21:51, 03 January 18 »
So the drive is next:



I followed a youtube video in order to do the necessary.

I removed the metal casing:



And the belt has melted:



I removed the belt:



And cleaned the residue with cotton swabs:



Finally I cleaned everything, removed the rust (not much but visible) and rubbed the front plastic cover with alcohol.

It is in much better shape now:




I will use a Gotek drive so installing a new belt is not a priority.

It was interesting to see that one screw was missing from the metal casing (3 instead of 4).

So I am afraid that the machine has been opened before and may not be untested as the seller has claimed.




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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #3 on: 22:31, 03 January 18 »
From what I have observed, three screws holding the drive in the metal case is normal.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #4 on: 23:02, 03 January 18 »
From what I have observed, three screws holding the drive in the metal case is normal.

Cheers,
Shane

Mine only had three screws too. I think one is intentionally missing as it gets in the way when you try closing the case.
Unless it's a strange coincidence, but I really don't believe in those

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #5 on: 23:45, 03 January 18 »
Yes, for some reason they really did only use 3 screws. I spent a long time looking for a non-exist screw that I thought had fallen on the floor, the first time I opened one :D

Make sure you have removed ever single dot of old belt from the wheels. Even the tiniest residue can cause the belt to keep falling off, or even cause read/write errors if it's on the small wheel.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #6 on: 00:56, 04 January 18 »
Thanks for the info guys!


I am hopeful again. Ha ha


I think that I removed all the residue. When I install a new belt, I will clean both wheels again.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #7 on: 01:41, 04 January 18 »
Then all you'll need to do is find a bunch of 3" discs and a gotek so you can copy nvg's stuff over with JLCopy and enjoy loading stuff the old school way! 😃

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #8 on: 01:04, 06 January 18 »
Restoration continues...

After a warm bath:



Electric toothbrush in action:



Keys sunbathing:



Motherboard ready to install:



Next step is the re-assembly after all plastics dry completely.
« Last Edit: 01:06, 06 January 18 by gaos74 »

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #9 on: 10:49, 06 January 18 »
When will you find out if this baby boots up?

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #10 on: 13:00, 06 January 18 »
I expect the cables Monday or Tuesday.


Let's see.


Today I try to extract water from the key holes and the screw holes on the casing  :picard:






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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #11 on: 02:28, 07 January 18 »
Re-assembly in progress:



And Tadaaa:





As you can see the power led is Green  ;D

I realized that I had my plain 6128's charger that I could use to test if it powers on.

And it does!

I also plugged in headphones and pressed f2. Burnin Rubber's sound is coming out!

So now I am awaiting the ordered cables in order to test video output and the keyboard.

So far all good!!



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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #12 on: 11:47, 07 January 18 »
Re-assembly in progress:



And Tadaaa:





As you can see the power led is Green  ;D

I realized that I had my plain 6128's charger that I could use to test if it powers on.

And it does!

I also plugged in headphones and pressed f2. Burnin Rubber's sound is coming out!

So now I am awaiting the ordered cables in order to test video output and the keyboard.

So far all good!!
Yay sounds like you got good there, if it works, time  to stick it on ebay for 300 quid and make your money back many times over, lol only joking.  One mod which is good for these is to create a better cartridge that doesnt boot into burning rubber if f1 is not pressed.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #13 on: 17:58, 07 January 18 »
I am not selling it mate!

I just hope it works!!

My next mod will be installing an internal gotek without touching the Amstrad casing using Duke's adapter.
« Last Edit: 18:01, 07 January 18 by gaos74 »

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #14 on: 18:11, 07 January 18 »

I am not selling it mate!

I just hope it works!!

My next mod will be installing an internal gotek without touching the Amstrad casing using Duke's adapter.


I know, that was a joke!

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #15 on: 10:13, 11 January 18 »
Cables arrived.

And it works without issues!!!!!!!!



Mission accomplished!!!  :P :P :P :P :P :P :P

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #16 on: 20:29, 11 January 18 »
Awesome !!


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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #17 on: 20:54, 11 January 18 »
Woohoo! Always good to see another Plus machine up and running again.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #18 on: 22:33, 11 January 18 »
Thanks guys


I was very lucky that although untested, it had no issues.

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #19 on: 11:42, 12 January 18 »
Congrats, you managed to get a real bargain there!  ;D

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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #20 on: 12:49, 12 January 18 »
Good machine, enjoy it  ;)
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Re: Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus - Will it work?
« Reply #21 on: 18:10, 13 January 18 »
Good for many more years, hopefully! Enjoy!!