Message #1 Posted by Les Wright on 8 Jan 2007, 11:25 p.m.
Well, it finally arrived. It is in great cosmetic condition, albeit filthy and and in need of a good cleaning. Unfortunately there seem to be some issues with the ON-OFF and PRGM-RUN slider switches--the display cuts out at times, does wonky things, and the calc freezes occasionally, so entering and running a simple program eludes me at present. However, if handled gingerly, she stays alert long enough for me to test the display and all of the key functions, and they seem intact. I am suspecting some internal connection has become soiled or loose. The card reader works, but sluggishly, and I think I detect the ominous streaking so a repair is wise. I am not too fussed about being able to restore the unit to full working condition--my HP41CV had similar issues with a wonky display and our friend Randy resurrected that like some sort of HP Lazarus. So far, I think the LED itself is alive and well and that there is no dreaded mono-key failure, one of the few things that Randy can't fix.
I think the seller did a cursory test of thing, was able to to some basic math, and chalked it up as "working" (in fairness to him he never said "working perfectly"). I have asked him to consider sharing the cost of any repairs over and above Randy's flat rate (which I was expecting to pay even before knowing of the extra issues) if they are required. I must admit I am a bit disappointed, but I think the thing can be coaxed into a full and useful life. To my great joy, the manual and QRG are nearly new, the Standard Pac and Surveying Pac are almost complete (only one blank card missing, all program cards present), and even the old battery has a bit of juice left (though I know it will croak soon). The plastic grey case is just retro-cool--sort of a proto-laptop thing, if you will.
I should say that after an HP41 IR module just paid for I must put a moratorium on my buying for a bit. I went a little crazy over the holidays and I don't seem as good at getting the really good deals as some folks are. But I have developed a very gratifying collection so far, and since I don't spend my money on booze, women, gambling, or fast cars, I am quite satisfied with myself.
Just thought I would share the saga with those who understand :)
Edited: 8 Jan 2007, 11:28 p.m.