"destructive read of a ROM"?

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Oct 1 15:19:26 CDT 2007

On Mon, 1 Oct 2007, Richard wrote:
> Over on comp.terminals someone wrote this about the VT100:
> 	"The power-on operation does a "destructive" read of the
> 	ROM-based firmware.  After so many power-ups, the ROM becomes
> 	unreadable. This was a design issue at the time - the technology
> 	to fix it did not evolve until the VT200 series."
> Is this true?  I've never heard of a ROM being damaged by reading it a
> lot.

Then we'll have to send John Titor back to get some "fresh" VT100s!

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