Raise your hand if you remember the Commodore PC-1. It was the smallest IBM PC clone, with an 8088 processor and a whopping 512 KB of RAM. If you have a vintage Commodore PC-1 lying around, it’s probably not working as well as it used to, thanks to the passage of time. Materials science strives to make parts age gracefully, but every chain has a weak link.
This Commodore PC-1 restoration kit offers your vintage computer a new lease on life by providing Panasonic capacitors, a PC speaker/beeper, a System Reset Switch, and even replacements for the rubber feet that have no doubt worn down over the years. By far the capacitors are the most important part of the kit as the electrolyte of the originals has degraded over time and their role as defenders of regulated voltage is at risk.
The speaker was not originally included with the computer, but there’s a connector on the main board for it. The reset switch is also optional, but it’s a feature that many people miss in the original design.
Basic soldering skills are required for replacing the capacitors, but it’s always smart to at least replace these on vintage computers, even if they are seemingly still functional. Doing this will ensure your Commodore continues functioning for several years into the future.