jonb wrote:It's been badly restored. What a mess!
..and that's just a cursory glance. Can we even call it "restored" if it's not working?
- Black (non standard) patch wires and horrible blobby solder on the (badly melted) ribbon cable.
- The power wire on the bodged up flying socket is not soldered properly.
- Missing tracks on the display PCB, badly soldered.
- Display lens melted around the "repaired" ribbon connector.
- Keyboard bezel missing two of the plastic bolts.
- IC7 (presumably a ROM) missing.
- "ADR. SEL." device missing, presumably.
- Voltage regulator pads missing on top side of the CPU board (should be proper vias).
- Lifted tracks where the keyboard ribbon / patch cables attach to the CPU board.
- General filthiness, especially left over flux.
Mutant Caterpillar who supposedly "restored" this can be found here: http://www.mutant-caterpillar.co.uk/ and they advertise a repair service. Based on the state of this machine, I'd steer well clear if I were you!
Hmmm. I have used Mutant Caterpillar Games a lot of times and they have been excellent every time. I suspect that there is something else going on here! As Daniel said if it was awful in the first place they may have done the best they could in the situation. I suspect that if MCG produce the certificate of refurb there will be a few caveats on it!