It turns out one of my collection obsessions has been locating and collecting RTC's for the A1000. I have several different models now. If there's a port on the A1000, I've got an RTC to slap on it.
- Mouse port
- Keyboard cable
- Parallel port
- Side expansion...
Many of them simply die due to old age, and some have the batteries inside
the RTC so replacing them is problematic. OR, the batteries were never removed a million years ago and destroyed the things.
The other issue is you really have to have the drivers made by the original manufacturers, and they can be hard to find or non-existent if you didn't get the disk when you found the clock.
But when you do get one working? Man - I love it. And even still they don't keep time very well, but every couple of weeks you can fix it and it's all good. =)
I've been wanting to do a short uber-niche video on this topic for a long time. Only a dozen people around the world would probably watch it but that's OK with me. It's interesting to me and a few others out there.