There is zero information about ETAL computer in the Internet. The nameplate is in a bad condition, but after some cleaning it is possible to read the manufacturer and other data.
|Брянск – завод Эталон||Bryansk – factory Etalon|
|КУВТ No 7||КУВТ = комплект учебной вычислительной техники||Educational computer training set number 7|
|ПЭВМ ЭТАЛ-002 № 9||ПЭВМ = персональная электронно-вычислительная машина||Personal Computer number 9|
|Дата выпуска 3 1991г||Production date March 1991|
Unfortunately, this computer does not work (somehow, if any of machines in my collection do not work and are not repairable, they are all built in the USSR). One of the PROM chips is overheating and I suspect it to be broken. There is not easy way to restore the code burnt into a PROM chip and I don’t know of any other piece of ETAL computer.
Here are some strings found in the images. If they ring a bell for you, please let me know.
* E T A L O N * modelx 002.00 * 64 kbajt * BASIC V.002.00 NEW? MI(C)RON/881
Power Adapter Board
This board converts input 20V into 5V and two other unknown voltages (one of them is used to power audio amplifier).
After restoration (the black key was replaced from another machine).
These are reed switch based switches. A little magnet is placed inside the key pod.
Soviet Quality Gems
Please mind that two of the keys on the keyboard are a little crooked.
This is not a key switch problem, it is actually a faulty key cap that has misplaced pod socket (left: faulty, right: correct).
LED support looks like it was hand-made. The two leds are quite misaligned.
The screw holes in the cover were drilled in a wrong place. No problem for a small adjustment!