30123RE: [midatlanticretro] can a terminal damage a computer?
- Apr 7, 2013Perhaps the chip was marginal to begin with, thus a very small jolt was
enough to cause it to fail? Seems odd it would generate in the Apple II
(where you touched) and go across the serial line without damaging the II...
Later on, I happened to have the computer apart and there was a little
crater in one of the RS232 line driver chips on the computer's motherboard.
Interesting that I was able to blow out the chip like that, with static, on
properly wired, correctly grounded machines.
That has never happened since, and I can't explain it. You'd think the
static would have damaged the Apple before the PC - and either way, the
metal casing of the Apple is directly grounded. So is the casing of the PC.
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