Olivetti/P203/Revive

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Here we will describe the progress of the work to bring our Olivetti/P203 back to life.

2019-May-09: Mailing with Sandro

We sent:

 Date: Thu, 9 May 2019 21:06:02 +0200
 From: Thorkil Naur
 To: Sandro Graciotti
 Subject: Olivetti Programma 203
Dear Sandro,
It has been a while, hope everything is well for you and your activities. Things are going well along here at the Danish Old Computer Society. Recently, I have visited Mr. Pedro Lima in Porto in Portugal and assisted in an attempt to repair the card unit of the P101 that he had acquired.
I am writing because our computer society is in the process of perhaps acquiring an Olivetti Programma 203. See
https://datamuseum.dk/wiki/Olivetti/Programma_P203
I haven't seen it myself, but it is said to be in good condition and will arrive next week, if all goes as planned.
We hope to work towards getting this beautiful machine in working order, if at all possible. So we would be very grateful if you would be willing and able to give us some access to descriptions of the machine, programming manual and other technical information. That would most certainly be very useful.
Again, thank you very much for all the help you have provided over the years and for the pleasant time and communication we have had. Best wishes and regards for all of you.
Thorkil

And got the response:

 From Sandro Graciotti Fri May 10 17:52:34 2019
 To: Thorkil Naur
 Subject: R: [Olivetti Programma 203]
Hi Thorkil,nice to hear from you again.The 203 project is a very ambitious one. We do have a "working" P203 at the museum, the problem is that as soon as you let it idle for a few days, the typewriter will get lazy and wont work anymore.At any rate next time I go to the museum I will collect what we have on the subject and forward to you. Talk to you soon, Sandro.

2019-May-16: A first look

Pictures from that memorable event:

2019-May-23: Status

 From Finn Verner Nielsen Thu May 23 12:37:03 2019
 To: Peter Andersen
 Cc: Thorkil Naur
 Subject: P203
Hej Peter
Thorkil Naur og jeg fik set lidt mere på P203 i torsdags.
Inde i den lille strimmelprinter (var det vist) fandt vi en dato i 1970 ....
Thorkil fandt ud af, hvordan man får lukket op for de indre organer. Pladen under skrivemaskinen sad med 2 ud af 4 skruer og så kom den af. Herfra er der adgang til de skruer, der holder de øverste dækplader.
Vi gik så ikke videre, og så heller ikke nærmere på elektronikken - jeg går ud fra, at du skifter kondensatorerne, når du får tid. DDHF skal nok betale for de nødvendige komponenter.
Det var bare en lille status ...
Hilsen Finn

2019-May-23: A second look

Last week we managed to remove the back panel, right side panel, and finally also the panel below the typewriter. A few pictures to document what goes on:

The last picture shows a possible way towards detaching the P101 printer cover.