Spectrum Modifications

Items for modifying Spectrum PCBs..

Products:

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A pack of replacement Axial Capacitors For Spectrum 16/48 and Composite Mod Kit

Axial Capacitors For ZX Spectrum / Composite Video Mod Kit

  • A set of new axial type electrolytic capacitors for the Spectrum 16 / 48 / 48+ (axial caps have a wire at each end, ie: the same form as those originally fitted to the Spectrum PCB).
  • Kit also includes the components which can be used to modify the Spectrum's video output to give a composite video signal from the existing phono connector, and parts for the DC-DC mod on issue 2 boards.
  • Brief fitting instructions included, with full details here.
Price: £ 2.99   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
A pack of replacement Radial capacitors for Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K

Radial electrolytic capacitors  for Spectrum 48 / Composite mod kit

  • A set of new known-brand (Panasonic, Nichicon) radial type long-life capacitors suitable for re-capping a ZX Spectrum 48K (board issues 2 to 6A). 
  • Radial caps need to be fitted horizontally with one lead bent over the top of the capacitor. Brief fitting instructions are included, full details here.
  • The kit also includes components to do the composite video mod (capacitor and transistor version) and issue 2 DC-DC mod.
Price: £ 2.25   Add to cart. (out of stock)
BC549C Transistor

BC549C Transistor

A general purpose NPN transistor that can be used to make an alternative version of composite video mod on the Spectrum. Using a transistor instead of a simple wire or capacitor provides a stronger signal, usually giving a brighter picture. It also buffers the Spectrum's video circuitry so much of the load is taken by this transistor. However, it may not be compatible with modern LCD TVs.

Transistor video mod connections:

  • Collector (left lead in image) to 5V pad (TV modulator power, disconnect the TV modulator power wire)
  • Base (centre lead) to Spectrum video out pad (disconnect the TV modulator signal wire)
  • Emitter (right lead) to video socket - it's best to use a small piece of wire to extend this lead.

Note: two BC549s can be used to replace TR1 and TR2 to give a brighter picture (though they must be fitted rotated 180' compared to the silk screen legend). Please see this article for details.

Price: £ 0.20   Add to cart. (19 in stock)
Capacitor for Spectrum video mod

A 100uf  Capacitor

A capacitor suitable for making the composite video mod on ZX Spectrums

Please see this article for details.

Price: £ 0.20   Add to cart. (11 in stock)
De-solder Braid / Wick 0.5 Metres

De-solder Braid / Wick (0.5 Metres)

  • Ideal for assisting repair work on motherboards etc
  • Sold loose 0.5 Metres - ample for small jobs like for re-cap, chip replacement etc
  • High quality Soldamop braid with excellent solder draw.
Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
Heatsink adhesive 6g Tube

Small Tube Of Thermally Conductive Adhesive

  • For attaching heatsinks to chips
  • 5 gram tube - more than enough for several chips
  • Instructions supplied
Price: £ 1.25   Add to cart. (7 in stock)
Heatsink for 40 pin DIL Chips - Bare

Heatsink for 40 Pin DIL Chips - Bare

  • Heatsink suitable for 40 PIN Chips such as the CPU in the Commodore 64 and ULA in Spectrum Plus. (Note: There is not enough room for it in the rubber-keyed Spectrum unless you desolder the ULA's IC socket and fit the ULA directly onto the motherboard.) 
  • Dimensions: 50mm x 19mm x 4.8mm
  • Attachment methods: The heatsink is not self-adhesive - it requires thermally conductive glue which I sell separately.
Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (8 in stock)
Heatsink for 40 pin DIL Chips - Self Adhesive

Heatsink for 40 Pin DIL Chips - Self Adhesive

  • As above, but with thermally-conductive self-adhesive pad pre-attached, ready to peel and apply.
Price: £ 1.90   Add to cart. (8 in stock)
Internal reset switch for Spectrum+

An original internal reset switch for Spectrum+ (used)

  • As used in the Spectrum+ (soldered across capacitor C27 - or at the provided pads on issue 6 motherboards)
  • Tested, working.
Price: £ 2.49   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Pack of 5 isopropyl-alcohol wipes

5 x small isopropyl alcohol wipes

  • 70% Isopropyl alcohol wipes - suitable for cleaning contacts, chips/heatsinks etc
Price: £ 0.30   Add to cart. (13 in stock)
RAM upgrade kit for 16KB Spectrum (to 48K)

RAM Upgrade Kit for 16K ZX Spectrum (to 48K)

Comprises:

  • 8 x 4164 150ns Upper RAM chips (Unused, old stock ICs  - brand may vary, all tested before dispatch.)

.. new support logic chips for the upper RAM:

  • 2 x 74HCT157
  • 1 x 74HCT32
  • 1 x 74HCT00

.. and wire links / solder, and printed instructions.

Fitting is usually just a case of inserting the chips into the empty sockets on the motherboard and soldering a couple of wire links across the appropriate pads on the PCB. Almost all 16K models can be upgraded but there are some very early (Issue One) Spectrums that have no space on the PCB for more memory.

Price: £ 11.50   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
RAM upgrade kit for 16KB Spectrum (to 48K) PCB version

RAM Upgrade Kit for 16K ZX Spectrum (to 48K) PCB Version.

This version of the Spectrum RAM upgrade kit offers a cheaper, modern alternative to using individual DRAM chips. A small custom daughterboard PCB with a low power SRAM IC is simply pressed into the RAM IC sockets.

The kit also contains the 4 support logic chips which must be fitted at positions IC23-26 (IE: 2 x 74HCT157, 1 x 74HCT32 and1 x 74HCT00). A couple of wire links may also need to be soldered between the appropriate pads located on the PCB - full fitting instructions are provided.

Please check your Spectrum can be actually upgraded! Almost all 16K models can but there are some very early Spectrums that have no space on the PCB for more memory.

Click here for fitting instructions (printed version also included in kit)

If you don't require the support logic, the board is usually available on its own - see below.


Price: £ 9.50   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Solder 3 Metres 0.7mm

3 Metres of flux-cored 60/40 tin-lead solder

Good quality, 0.7mm diameter - ideal for fine electronics work.

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (16 in stock)
Spectrum Lower RAM replacement board

Lower RAM replacement board for ZX Spectrum

A PCB module designed to replace (all 8) of the 4116 ICs used for the lower 16KB of RAM in the Spectrum.

  • Suitable for Spectrum motherboard issues 2-6
  • Uses a modern low power SRAM
  • Can be pressed into DIL sockets or soldered onto Spectrum PCB when the 4116s have been removed.
  • Click here for fitting instructions - printed version also included with board.
Price: £ 9.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Spectrum Upper RAM replacement board only

Upper RAM replacement board for ZX Spectrum

A PCB module designed to replace (all 8) of the 4532 ICs used for the upper 32KB of RAM in the Spectrum.

  • Suitable for Spectrum motherboard issues 2-6
  • Modern low power SRAM
  • Can be pressed into DIL sockets or soldered onto Spectrum PCB when the 4532s have been removed.
  • Click here for fitting instructions - printed version also included with board.

Please note: If you need to upgrade a 16KB machine with this board, please purchase the version with the support logic chips.

 

Price: £ 8.75   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Switch Mode 5v Regulator - Modded for horizontal mount (replaces 7805)

MuRata Switch Mode 5v Regulator (replaces 7805)

A direct replacement for the cheap but inefficient 7805 found in the Spectrum. A high-efficiency switch mode regulator so wastes very little power as heat (the Spectrum's heatsink is completely removed when this device is fitted!)

  • High efficiency 5v 1.5A output
  • Short circuit protection
  • Over current shutdown
  • Over temperature shutdown
  • Modified by myself for horizontal mounting in all 16/48K Spectrums 
  • (See 128 mods for unmodifed version - vertical mount)
Price: £ 4.99   Add to cart. (2 in stock)