cctech Digest, Vol 17, Issue 28

From: Max <>
Date: Fri Jan 28 21:04:50 2005

>From: Ethan Dicks <>
>Subject: Re: VT320 Terminal RS232 Receiver
>To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
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>On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 10:47:31 -0500, <> wrote:
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> > Hello,
> >
> > I managed to feed -48VDC into the data receive pin of my
> > VT320 at work. So of course the magic smoke came out.

Yea, did not make my day. We do telecom testings. Most everything
is -48VDC battery powered. So I managed to accident get the battery
power across the equipment's frame ground and it then put the voltage
on the receive pins and lord knows what else.

> > Which chip is the receiver chip?
>If the VT320 is like its predecessors (VT220...), it uses 9636 and
>9637 chips, *not* 1488s and 1489s. I do not recall off the top of my
>head which one is Tx and which one is Rx, but if you get the pinouts
>for the chips, it should only take a couple of minutes to determine
>which is which by using a continuity tester/VOM to trace out the input
>pin from the interface jack. Both the 9636 and 9637 are 8 pin DIPs,
>so it wouldn't even take that long *without* a chip pinout. You just
>need to know which is the RxD input from the outside world... the chip
>that's attached to that would be the fried one.
>Also... you might be able to spot a pinhole or other mechanical damage...

I found the two drivers chips (9636). They had a different number but they
cross-listed to the
9636s. There was another 8 pin chip between the two and the traces look
like they might run to it.
So its probably the receiver. However it has a number different than the
9637. I of course
forgot to write it down. So is life. Anyway might be a mute point for now
as I remembered I
have another VT320 in the shed with a bad tube.

Anyway, Digikey lists the 9637 as available so I might try fixing the board
as a spare. Thanks
for the help. Of I will also put sockets in.
Received on Fri Jan 28 2005 - 21:04:50 GMT

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