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Metaphor workstation teardown. Part 1.

Good news: Nothing looks too bad or impossible to repair. The rechargeable batteries have leaked a bit, but nothing too bad. Plus they're designed for easy replacement.

Bad news: Powered it on, and there's no response. No smoke either, but no noises or lights. Hence, part 2...
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here are the photos from the Metaphor seller. I'm picking it up tomorrow, after which I'll take some more, and document as much as I find.
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yes - i was working, not the machine. sorry to get anyone's hopes up.
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Outfit a Raspberry Pi with the classic lines of the Apple II.
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I'd love a BBC Model B version of this. It would be much more fitting of the Raspberry Pi :-) 
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As I was taking apart an old Datavue portable to fix some video issues (I never did sort them out, btw) I noticed these cute little cartoons on some of the chips. The large one is on an Intel chip, of a little cartoon Death and a mouse. Odd.

Another looks like it has a cat from the back and something else, a third chip has another strange cartoon animal I can't identify.

Is there any explanation for these, or some meaning to them?
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It's a Datavue Spark from 1987 or so.
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This is an excellent reproduction. I commend you on the work and detail you have put into it. 

However, please give proper credit to the original creator of the models you used, per the Creative Commons Attribution license:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:377253
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:340677

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
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Metaphor workstation teardown. Part 1.

Good news: Nothing looks too bad or impossible to repair. The rechargeable batteries have leaked a bit, but nothing too bad. Plus they're designed for easy replacement.

Bad news: Powered it on, and there's no response. No smoke either, but no noises or lights. Hence, part 2...
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+Charles Mangin Good luck with this.  As a professional electronics troubleshooter, I can say that you have a daunting challenge ahead of you.  It might just be an open fuse, but it might be a fried CRT.  My experience with antique electronics is that the stuff found in closets and forgotten about probably had a major failure and that is why it ended up there.
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I've found someone selling a Metaphor systems workstation. Any ideas what it might be worth, or resources to get it up and running?
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1,000 Retro points to anyone who knows what this is. No fair using Google Image Search :)

10,000 to anyone who can tell me where I can get software for it.
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One of my mates had one but I don't remember there being a lot of software around for it. They were more of a semi-business machine than a home entertainment machine.
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Thanks for the review. Sorry about the extra fees, mate!
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Education
  • Walton High School
    1990 - 1994
  • NC State University
    Graphic Design, 1994 - 1998
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Charlie Mangin, Option8
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Web developer, Technology consultant
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  • Option8, LLC
    Web developer, Technology consultant, 1999 - present
  • Graphica
    Web Designer, 1998 - 1999
  • Burney Design
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2002
  • Capital Strategies
    Web Developer, 2002 - 2006
  • Capstrat
    Web Developer, 2002 - 2006
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Marietta, Ga - Greensboro, NC
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