STBook Arrival

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My STBook arrived home safely, and everything worked great for several days.  After using it for several days, the bottom half of the screen stopped working.

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Problems like this are to be expected with a computer which may not have been running since the early 1990’s.  I tried to repair it with help from my friend in Scotland, but my skills were not sufficient enough to complete the repair.  It is now back in Scotland for a second go around.  Hopefully all will go well and the whole screen will operate again!  I have a new appreciation for detailed (and very tiny) electronics repair.

It was so amazing to see it working!  I only wish there was a memory upgrade option for these.  It has a ROM disk that forces use of some of the RAM at boot.  Out of the 1024K of RAM, you can only make available about 700K or so.  I am so used to having 4 MB or more, that it will require me to use a completely different approach to software.  Fortunately, there is a vast library of software for the ST series.  I am sure that with some research I will come up with most of the programs I will need to use the STBook the way that I would like to use it.  

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