Re: can a terminal damage a computer?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "B Degnan" <billdeg@...> wrote:
>I think the best advice is to ground yourself more often. Like Ian said, he would touch metal before computer.
> But seriously, my problems are all independent of each other. I do
> everything through the grounded power supply of a battery backup with surge
> The 1488/1489's do die, and I have had to replace a few for sure. Better
> these than other parts.
> I have other devices that are quite stable with my laptop as the terminal.
> I think in my case it's just the computers/devices themselves, I try to not
> to short things but I am not the most dexterous.
I have personally seen in my professional work how some people are more likely to create a static charge. I don't know if it's clothes, physical chemistry or personality but there is a definite difference.
Before you work on that COSMAC Microkit, you better touch wood and metal!
- Josh,Unless you have a DC feed from the power co., you are not getting any new electrons , only the same ones jogged back and forth. You might, however, be sharing some with your neighbors who are on the same transformer. It might be worthwhile to invest in a whole house isolation transformer to assure that you don’t get defective electrons from your neighbors. Can’t be too careful these days.Duane
--- In mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com, B Degnan <billdeg@...> wrote:
> >your useful suggestions. I was burying the ground line in a coffee can full of dirt but I should be adding water occasionally to keep it a little muddy. That keeps the electrons flowing better.
> Thanks everyone for
> Sent from my PDP
lol. On this note, I think the electric company may be giving us used electrons (and charging us for new ones). I have no way to verify this, does anyone here have an electron microscope?
- Yep I had a terminal Pop the serial driver chips, but the terminal was apparently "hacked". When I found a "switch" inside that I flipped, it stopped killing drivers.
So in my case you could say the 1488/1489 drivers were not victims of normal circumstances, but of a short or mis-wiring.
In the end no biggie. I have a bunch of NOS drivers for my 3P+S, it's just my sio-A MITS serial card I'm won't risk on an unknown terminal.
--- In email@example.com, "B. Degnan" <billdeg@...> wrote:
> I have had a few computers fail while using my laptop as a terminal,
> recently. Is there something a rs232 port can do to a computer to cause it
> to fail, like the 1488/1489 drivers? Just seems odd. Corey was mentioning
> that he had problems with his laptop after upgrading OS drivers, but I have
> not done anything like that, I am using the same Win 2000 computer I have
> had for years. Thinking I am just being superstitious but thought I'd
> throw that one out there to see what others think.
- The PC Museum here in Ontario has an IMSAI 8080 that I plan to get operational next weekend. It doesn't have the original 8080 board and without it the front panel can't work, so I've built a replacement 8080A cpu card and loaded it with RAM, I/O, and a Disk Emulator.
Does anyone have any CP/M software I can run on it for a decent demo? Wumpus perhaps?