[Coco] Caring for a CoCo
asa.rand at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 18 16:24:03 EST 2009
I'm not the one to answer your questions, Aaron, but reading your post brought memories back. I remember my 512K CoCo3 being warmer than my 64K CoCo2 was, but both got very warm around the vents. I remember getting one of those internal fans and having a friend help me wire it in so it came on when the CoCo was turned on. The fan was too large to fit inside the CoCo's case, so it was mounted to the top left of the case, over the vent holes facing down, and blew air into the case. the air movement came out the right side, and kept the CoCo much cooler.
If you're planning to try to run one 24/7 (and mine was on at least 18 hours a day), a fan will definitely help with the heat issue.
From: Aaron Wolfe <aawolfe at gmail.com>
To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Wed, November 18, 2009 12:16:29 PM
Subject: [Coco] Caring for a CoCo
As I've been running my development Coco quite a bit lately, I started
wondering about what is the best way to keep it running as long as
I've also considered running a Coco 24/7 as a server of sorts. I am
not a hardware guy, so a failed component would be a big problem for
Are there any tips for running an old Coco as "safely" as possible?
They seem to get pretty warm along the top side where the vents are,
especially my 6309/512k upgraded model. Would removing the shell
improve cooling? Possibly cutting a hole and installing a small fan?
Are the components designed well enough for 24/7 operation in general,
and does this raise any special concerns?
Thanks for any tips
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