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Hey, just wanted to share my recent success with getting a backlit portable up and running again with the help of @androda. He did exceptional recapping and extensive testing before carefully packing everything up and safely shipping it back to me!

Everything works perfectly, all keys, trackball, hard drive, tested my Floppy Emu, etc.  Haven’t tested external SCSI yet, but I will soon.  My floppy drive needs calibration I think, and there is one small pixel in the lower left that looks like it’s permanently white, but for the most part, I’m pretty pumped!

Got a new battery off eBay and put a 9V in there with the battery cover, and he found a proper power adapter that works great!  I’m working with my local guy to fabricate the rubber feet on the bottom and back for when it stands vertically.  Here are some photos:

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This is such a gorgeous restoration job - congrats! I just pulled my Portable from storage earlier today, and I'm hoping to join the club of folks with working backlit Portables soon...

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It’s always so great to see this! You know, it always makes me think someday we should have a 68k MLA convention to bring maybe a machine or two each. Imagine having five portables all together, networking, etc. would be really cool.

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