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Coleco Adam Internal Power Supply Upgrade



The Coleco Adam is a fantastic computer but it does have some drawbacks. One of the biggest is the fact that the printer is also the power supply, so to use it you have to also make room for the printer. You can get around this with a replacement power supply such as the rCAP we sell (click here) or you can take it to the next level and have us install an internal power supply!

With this upgrade you will no longer need to have a printer on your desk or anywhere, unless you want to print. This upgrade uses the industry standard Mean Well RQ-50B (data sheet) power supply, a powerful, quiet and cool running power supply that will meet all the power needs of the Adam. We personally have been using this supply for the last 3 years on many of our Adams and it is the supply that is used in the rCAP.

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How the upgrade works:

  1. Add this item to the cart and then click Check Out.
  2. Once the order has been paid for we will order the parts.
  3. On your end you will need to ship us the bare Memory Console. The means unplug the keyboard, printer and any controllers. Remove the video cable and any cartridges. In the expansion bay remove any cards that are in there and also remove the data drives and any blank drive face plates. Also set aside the expansion bay cover. We only want you to ship us the bare memory console. Be sure to wrap the console very well in bubble wrap, box it, and send it to us.
  4. When we receive the console we will fully test your system and then do the upgrade. After this we will test it again. At that time we will send you an invoice (via PayPal) for the return shipping.
  5. Once the return shipping is paid we will send it back out to you.
  6. Turn around time from Order to getting the unit to you back is 2 – 3 weeks depending on shipping speeds.

How the upgrade is done

We have thoroughly tested this system to insure that the power supply will not effect data packs. We tested that all 256 blocks were readable then we would place the tape on the power supply and then do our best to cause it to create a magnetic field by turning it on and off many times and also while it was running we would do things with the tape on the supply. There was never any damage to the tape. Be aware this does not mean you can leave a tape in the drive when turning on / off, this is always a bad practice and should never be done.



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