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Re: [WTB] TED 8360 and PLA for Commodore 16/116 [message #210404 is a reply to message #210379] Wed, 30 October 2013 02:38 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Computer Nerd Kev is currently offline  Computer Nerd Kev
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On 27 Oct 2013, George wrote:

> address_is@invalid.invalid says...
>
>> Those chips, especially TED, were not built to last.
>> They fail in every 264 series machine If you are lucky
>> you may buy a working C16 for the price some dudes ask
>> for TED alone :-(
>
> Nah. I've had a Plus4 running continuously since 1992.
> It's my caller ID computer. And it still runs fine.

Actually as I understand it, where heat is involved in chip
failure, leaving the chip on all the time is not much more
damaging than never turning it on. The stress comes from
materials expanding and contracting with heating and cooling
cycles, so if it's on 24/7 it only needs to survive
heating/cooling during the odd blackout. On the other hand, if
it were turned on every morning and off every night, the
stresses could quickly cause failure. That's what I read
somewhere anyhow...

By the way, how does the Plus4 Caller ID system work?

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