RECONDITIONING-C64
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Mostly taken apart. Keyboard has been separated from top half of shell.

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Eww!

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Yuck! 40 years of cat hair and dust.

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Wash your hands, kids.

 
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Popping the keys off by levering them with a screwdriver.

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One of these days I'll get a keycap puller.

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It's just. That. Easy.

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That spring's not in great shape.

 
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Keyboards do not get clean with compressed air alone.

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A spiderweb inside the spacebar. Just great.

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Tools of the trade: Compressed air, vinegar, a spray bottle, and laboratory-grade isopropyl alcohol.

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Springs soaking in vinegar to get the rust off.

 
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Space bar's spring (which is slightly different than the rest) and screws in their own vial of vinegar.

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Remember what I said about compressed air not being enough?

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Keys washed off with hand soap and a toothbrush.

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Extracted mainboard, sans RF shield and lower half of shell.

 
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Partially separated from the lower RF shield. The sheet of cardboard keeps the underside of the mainboard from shorting on the aluminum RF shield.

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There it is, folks - the MOS 6581 SID chip.

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The MOS 8701 there is the clock generator chip. The larger chip below it with heat sink grease is the VIC-II graphics chip.

 
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