At the December 6, 2013 Commodore Computer Club meeting a wish of mine was finally granted after close to a 4 year search… acquiring an Educator 64.
Here is how the PET 4064 machine looked when it first came into the meeting:
As you can see, it works, but really dirty and has the #3 key broken off. Cleaning is easy and so is replacing the broken key. It’s also missing the decals below the monitor and above the keyboard.
After a few minutes of using the Educator 64, a horrible burning smell was coming from it and also a loud buzzing sound. Uh oh. We immediately powered it off until further testing could be done at a later date.
Well after a few weeks, lots of elbow grease, replacing a bunch of capacitors, adding the missing #3 key and major cleaning, check it out now:
It’s now super nice and clean. In the above picture you can see the Commodore 64 game Space Taxi in all it’s PET green screen glory thanks to the EasyFlash 3 cartridge.
As for the buzzing, that was coming from the power transformer inside. I’ve been able to quiet it down a little and hopefully at some point down the road it can be replaced.
I’m working on recreating the missing decals in Photoshop for the Educator 64 and sometime in the new year I’ll get them printed off then applied to the computer.