Master 128 Base Unit

Stripdown,Clean and Reassembly

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Not a good photograph, but it can be clearly seen on the "right" of the image what
result can be achieved with a little water and scrubbing with an "old" toothbrush.

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To clean the Mainboard, use an artist soft paintbrush and a vacuum cleaner hose to loosen
and remove the dirt/dust. Mainboards clean up surprisingly well using this technique.

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Next the Keyboard. Remove all the keys by gripping hold and pulling upwards away from
the keyboard. Not for the feint hearted, all sorts of grime will be found here.

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With all the keys removed, use the same technique as the Mainboard. A brush and vacuum hose. The results are noticable on the right of the image.

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Wash each individual key with a damp cloth only. The dry with a clean cloth.
This image shows the results easily obtained. Its tedious work with this many keys but well worth it.

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What did I tell you? Look at the image and see how that work has paid off! The keyboard
looks near mint again. Nothing worse than typing on a filthy keyboard.

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Here we have all the cleaned components laid out ready for re-assembly.

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First refit the power supply(3 screws) followed by the mainboard(5 screws 1 clip).
Next reconnect the power leads to the Mainboard EXACTLY how they came off.

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Next re-attatch the speaker cable and locate and install the ROM cartridge unit.

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Re-fit the Battery pack to the left of the keyboard and its connections to the mainboard.
Refit the keyboard (4 screws 1 clip) and attatch the ribbon cables.

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Re-fit the top of the case using 4 screws(2 long 2 short). Looks alot better now.
Dont forget to re-configure the CMOS as settings will have been lost due to battery disconnection.

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