A tale of woe, including carelessness, stupidity and laziness....
elson at pico-systems.com
Sat Aug 22 17:36:54 CDT 2015
On 08/22/2015 02:41 PM, Jay Jaeger wrote:
> Thanks. Really, such mistakes aren't too demoralizing if
> one can get the parts, get them in a reasonable amount of
> time, at a reasonable price, and have the skill to do the fix
One of the biggest oopses I ever had was I got a Memorex 10
MB hard drive with SASI controller for my S-100 /CP/M
system. I had just gotten it very roughly working, when I
was fiddling with something and the SASI controller touched
the drive and there were sparks. I did the finger test
first, and replaced all chips that were sizzling hot. Then,
I went through, looking for bad logic levels, and replaced
the chips driving those signals. Then, when I still had bad
logic levels, I replaced the chips receiving those signals.
All the time I was worred that it might have popped one or
more of the microcode ROMS. Well, after some more
replacing, it finally came back up, and the CP/M OS I had on
the drive still worked!
I guess I've had a few more cases where something went poof,
but that is one of the ones I still remember well.
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