The BBC is Dead!

So, one of my students had finished his work. I got him to start typing in a polygon program onto the BBC Micro Computer. A short while later he says..”Sir, there is steam coming from the computer”

I looked over to see smoke coming from the machine. I rushed over and made sure the power was off. Panic set in and I started wafting the smoke away and praying the fire alarm would not go off. There was no fire but a reasonable size cloud of smoke bellowed from the machine. Turns out it was the victim of the power supply capacitor problem suffered by many of these computers. Have ordered some replacement parts and hope to bring it back alive again soon. Watch this space…

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Lecturer in IT at East Berkshire College. Assessor & Verifier Technology Evangelist Hacker Tinkerer Collector of all things Retro Cyclist Kayaker Adventurer

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