Can you fix a C-64, or know someone who can?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Tue Dec 10 03:51:01 2002

On Mon, 9 Dec 2002, Tony Duell wrote:

> > For the novice repairer:
> >
> > 1. Make sure the power supply is working (use a meter, not your tongue)
> > 2. Check if the fuse is blown
> > 3. Swap all the socketed ICs one at a time
> > 4. Swap all the socketed ICs from another (ideally broken) C64
> You have inadvertantly pointed out one thing I object to about mindless
> part-swapping.
> Your (4) suggests taking parts from a broken C64. This C64 therefore has
> a fault. If that machine and the machine you're repairing have the same
> fault (likely if there are small number of 'stock faults') or a fault in
> the same chip, then you're not going to get very far...
> Chip swapping can only be of use if you _know_ all the chips you're
> swapping in are good..

Sure, but chances are it will work.

Don't get me wrong, I whole-heartedly agree with your philosophy on proper
computer repair. But if you just want to get your machine up and running
quickly so you can play with it, this is one way to do that, as not
everyone has the time, patience or tools to do it the Tony Duell Way(TM)

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