Strange grounding problem

Jerry Weiss jsw at
Wed Sep 27 21:08:25 CDT 2017

> On Sep 27, 2017, at 8:14 PM, Charles Dickman via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 8:23 PM, Adrian Graham via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> Schematic for the circuits is here - <> - top circuit is PWRUP and the bottom one is RESET that goes straight to the Z80.
> CD4000 logic can't handle inputs pulled above the power pin or below
> the ground pin without the possibility of malfunctioning or even
> complete failure. Google for "CD4000 parasitic SCR" or "CMOS
> latch-up". When power is cycled rapidly, the caps will still have
> charge which could cause the latch-up. I did some industrial control
> designs with CD4000 and used similar timing circuits, but always
> included diodes to prevent inputs from being driven too high or too
> low. I would have put diodes across both of the resistors.
> Adding your probes may change the currents inside the chip that change
> the latch-up behavior. Of course it also only makes sense if the power
> is cycled quickly for some value of quickly. Others may have an
> explanation, but that was my first thought from looking at the
> schematic.
> -chuck

The capacitors may have become leaky, and start to as resistors in the 100K ohms range.

If so, the circuit now contains a voltage divider and and not meet the threshold needed for 
the logic gate to switch.  The probes have their own resistive component and thus
shift the other side of the divider, which puts the signal back into a functional range for
the Schmitt Trigger.


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