Repair or Replace? [Was: Repairing Timex]

From: John Honniball <>
Date: Tue Jul 18 08:26:20 2000

On Tue, 18 Jul 2000 13:17:12 +0100 Adrian Graham
<> wrote:
> Now there's a question - I've just got back from a little expedition to
> Maplins (butane gas, digital multimeter since I'm sure work's analogue one
> is iffy since I dropped it :), T10 and T15 torx bits etc (I WILL get into
> that Mac Plus))

You'll need a REALLY LONG T-15! I found a longish 1/4 inch
hex-drive Torx bit and a slender 1/4 inch hex extender. If
you're very lucky/keen, you can get a special Mac
screwdriver with is T-15 and about two feet long!

> then I'll have to teach myself how to resolder non-socketed chips! (in the
> case of the atari anyway)

If you're absolutely sure it's a dead chip, the safest way
to replace it is to snip all the legs off, one by one, and
then unsolder them. Your goal is to save the (unique) PCB
and replace the (not unique) chip. PCB foil will come
unstuck if heated for a while, especially on cheaper PCBs,
such as were used in early 1980s home computers...

John Honniball
University of the West of England
Received on Tue Jul 18 2000 - 08:26:20 BST

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