My little girl is getting my Apple IIe. Here's the restoration project in a nutshell.
1) Keyswitches. Some keys don't work. Anyone know where to order keyswitches, or a Rev. B keyboard? Also, I plan to resolder some of the keys in case the problem lies in a breakage of the solder connection. Keyswitch leads may have worked loose from the solder over the years.
2) Fix the joystick reader. The NE558 quad timer's socket went out on me. I soldered a newer NE558 to the board, realized it was actually bad from a previous incident, and now will desolder and replace the socket. I'll then put in the original NE558 from 1983 (which I mistakenly diagnosed as bad, when it was the socket in fact that was bad).
3) The biggie: Video goes out. I've traced this cause to a loose socket: When I hold the motherboard out of the case by two corners, I get video consistenly. When I turn it or hold it differently, video goes away. So there's another bad socket -- somewhere. Continuity tests between IC pins and solder points on contralateral side of motherboard fall victim to the Heisenburg Uncertainty Principle: Am I making it connect by touching a multimeter lead to it?
So, I need to know where to get replacement keyswitches, and if anyone knows what the keyswitch (for the "S"-key, for example) is called. Is it an "Alps long-stem"?
Thanks in advance for any tips or advice.