Avoid spikes: timeless advice.

Well that's more like it. Having declared defeat in the self-repair battle, Colin from Tilt took the monitor away and brought it back having replaced even more components and repaired a bunch of damaged traces. It works great now!

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11 Responses:

  1. I, for one, welcome our obsolete retro-gaming repair overlords.


  2. Bill Paul says:

    I, for one, am curious to know just what the repairs finally entailed. In particular, did you have to replace the picture tube completely, or did it finally come to life once all the other problems were corrected?

    • jwz says:

      The tube's fine (well, a bit burned-in like they all are, but not too bad), it just needed a lot of components replaced on the 3 circuit boards inside the monitor assembly.

  3. fantasygoat says:

    I'm really glad to see it's been saved! Sorry they took so long to get back to you.

  4. Glad to hear it.

  5. Eric Jones says:


    That would make a cool screensaver. If only there were some existing framework to plug into.

  6. CJP says:

    Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light
    Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right!
    It is the business of the wealthy man
    To give employment to the artisan.

    Hilaire Belloc.

  7. mrbill1234 says:

    I thought Tempest had a vector graphics display - this one looks a bit jagged, or is it just the photograph?

    • jwz says:

      Color vector displays have an array of different color phosphors embedded in the CRT, which means they still need a shadow mask to prevent the three guns from lighting up the wrong spots. The difference is that vector displays drive the electron guns point-to-point instead of left-to-right, top-to-bottom.