Vintage Electronics and Technology Repair
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HERCULES WORKSHOP REPAIRS AND RECONDITIONS VINTAGE ELECTRONICS AND TECHNOLOGY. WE STILL REPAIR CALCULATORS, ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITERS AND DOT MATRIX PRINTERS. WE LOVE REPAIRING VINTAGE ELECTRONIC GAMES AND VINTAGE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY.
WE ALSO MAKE VINTAGE COMPUTER CABLES (DATA AND VIDEO) AND CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER CABLES FOR VINTAGE COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS.
From our workshop in scenic Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
"Finishing up another nice old Royal typewriter, it's now working just like a nice old Canadian made typewriter should."
Featured Vintage Typewriter / Product Spotlight
Featured Vintage Typewriter :
Zephyr II (1963) (Smith Corona)
NAME : Zephyr II
MANUFACTURER / RELEASE : Smith Corona (1963)
DISPLAY / POWER : None, Manual Typewriter
The Smith Corona Zephyr II is a Combined Portable Typewriter and Carrying Case. Manufactured in England and patented with the US Patent Office in 1963. This machine is a redesigned version of an earlier Smith Corona portable model from the late 1930's, the Zephyr. .. Read more...
Featured Vintage Repair / Recondition Project
Featured Recondition / Repair Project :
Electronic Quarterback (1978) (Coleco)
NAME : Electronic Quarterback
MANUFACTURER / RELEASE : Coleco 1978
DISPLAY / POWER : LED, 9 Volt
MODEL # : 2020
We thought it might be fun to share a vintage recondition project with other enthusiasts who might enjoy following along as we repair and work on this hugely popular vintage handheld electronic game from 1978.
This game needs a lot of repair work but most of the issues are very common. The 9V snap battery connector is worn / damaged, there's no sound, power switch is shorty and the keypad has poor bounce back and can become unresponsive. .. Read more...
Featured Vintage Software
Featured Vintage Software :
Robot Tank (1983) (Activision)
VIDEO GAME CARTRIDGE (AZ-028)
Programming Language : 6507 ASSEMBLER
Released On (Media): Cartridge (4KB)
Released by Activision, INC. in 1983 for the Atari Video Computer System (VCS) and Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade.
Robot Tank at it's core is reminiscent of Battlezone, the fun vector graphics based arcade classic released by Atari in 1980. However I think Activision really jazzed up that arcade classic with full colour graphics and some great other features like changing weather conditions in addition to day light and night time. .. Read more...
Atari Game Controllers (Wiring Diagrams & Schematics )
These printer friendly HTML pages contain descriptions, schematics and test procedures for the four game controllers used with the Atari Video Computer System (2600).
Most of these controllers can also be used with the Atari 8-bit Home Computer Systems.
The information contained in these HTML pages are all excerpts from the 2600/2600A Domestic VCS Field Service Manual and may be interesting or of use to other vintage game enthusiasts. .. Read more...
Listen to a Pole Position Audio File
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Downloadable Resistor Colour Codes Chart
A nice downloadable and printable chart of the resistor colour codes for both 4-Band and 5-Band coded resistors. Includes new resistor value tolerances.
I created this chart in OpenOffice, mainly as an exercise for learning some of the features of the word processor but was happy with the result and decided to post it online. The file is in Open Document Text (.ODT) format.
I think I had some trouble with the colour palettes so feel free to modify.
Download Resistor Colour Codes
(24KB) ODT File
Custom Made Vintage Computer Cables
We regularly make a wide variety of custom vintage computer cables. We're able to handle custom orders from a single cable to a medium sized order for multiple cables. .. Read more...
Atari Video Computer System - Complete Program Index (A-Z)
Atari Video Computer System
Complete Program Index (A-Z)
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- [New Arrival] --> Panasonic KX-R320 Portable Electronic Typewriter
Saturday January 22 2022
Panasonic portable electronic typewriter. 3.3KB RAM (3,300 character) text memory. Dual pitch (10/12 cpi). 96 character daisy wheel. New ribbon and lift-off tape (installed). Comes with shop warranty. Click Hyper-Link to View
- [New Arrival] --> Canon MP49D Desktop Printing Calculator
Saturday January 22 2022
14 digit high speed 2-colour printing calculator. Electronic calculator. Currency conversion, profit margin, 6 decimal and floating point. New ribbon (installed) and owners manual (pdf). Comes with shop warranty. Click Hyper-Link to View
- [New Arrival] --> Smith Corona Zephyr II Portable Manual Typewriter
Friday December 24 2021
Smith-corona portable manual typewriter. Made in England in 1963. Includes original carry case (hard-top). Users manual (electronic format pdf), new ribbon (installed). Sold with shop warranty. Click Hyper-Link to View
- [New Arrival] --> Smith Corona SD 300 Portable Electronic Typewriter
Friday December 24 2021
Smith Corona portable electronic typewriter. Integrated carry case. Made in USA. Spell check. RS-232 serial interface. Memory (non-volatile RAM) and LCD display. New ribbon and lift-off tape (installed). With shop warranty. Click Hyper-Link to View
- [New Arrival] --> Smith Corona Clipper Seventy Deluxe Portable Manual Typewriter
Wednesday November 24 2021
Smith-Corona portable standard typewriter. Includes original hard carry case, product manual, dust cover and new ribbon (installed). With shop warranty. Click Hyper-Link to View
Featured Products - Winter 2022
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Vintage Electronic Handheld Games
CATEGORY : Electronic Football
MANUFACTURER(S) : Coleco and Mattel Electronics
RELEASE DATE(S) : 1977 - 1978
DISPLAY / POWER : LED / 9 Volt
RECONDITIONED VINTAGE ELECTRONIC HANDHELD GAMES
"We love vintage games, when we're not busy repairing calculators or typewriters we like to repair vintage electronic and mechanical games."
We replace battery terminal leads, switches and recondition keypads. Each of our games are play tested to make sure they're working the way they should. All reconditioned devices include shop warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
|COLECO ELECTRONIC QUARTERBACK (1978, LED, 9V BATTERY, MODEL# 2120). VINTAGE COLECO ELECTRONIC HANDHELD GAME. KEYPAD SWITCH CONTACTS HAVE BEEN RECONDITIONED AND NEW BATTERY TERMINAL LEADS. GUARANTEED 100% FUNCTIONAL. COMES WITH REPRODUCTION ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND NEW AC ADAPTER.
|MATTEL ELECTRONICS FOOTBALL (1977, LED, 9 VOLT, MODEL# 2024). VINTAGE MATTEL ELECTRONIC HANDHELD GAME. KEYPAD SWITCH CONTACTS HAVE BEEN RECONDITIONED, NEW SLIDE FUNCTION SWITCHES AND NEW BATTERY TERMINAL LEADS. GUARANTEED 100% FUNCTIONAL. COMES WITH REPRODUCTION ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND NEW AC ADAPTER.
|MATTEL ELECTRONICS FOOTBALL 2 (1978, LED, 9 VOLT, MODEL# 1050). VINTAGE MATTEL ELECTRONIC HANDHELD GAME. KEYPAD SWITCH CONTACTS HAVE BEEN RECONDITIONED, NEW SLIDE FUNCTION SWITCHES AND NEW BATTERY TERMINAL LEADS. GUARANTEED 100% FUNCTIONAL. COMES WITH REPRODUCTION ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND NEW AC ADAPTER.