|Don't give up...|
Message #9 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 25 July 2003, 12:02 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by bill platt
I see and read your posts here and let me tell you something: I think no one likes to post about losses, both because it's not a good thing to read about and may also cause lack of confidence in others.
I was not completely successful in all of my surgeries. I still have a deceased HP42S with 32K RAM, I could not repair some calculators sent to me sometime ago, but I feel I can do better.
We have a big advantage against doctors: we can kill our patients and resuscitate them anytime we want, even after days, months passed after they're "put to deep sleep".
I am a lot careful, I do not feel as having the rights to go beyond what I know I can, mostly when I have someone else's equipment in hands. A couple of months ago I was given an HP41CV, halfnut, with an intriguing behavior: only 64 registers available. What did I do? I disassembled it all, scanned its "guts" and allowed people to "see" the inside of a halfnut in a way many have never seen before. After that, I put all stuff back, soldered all necessary junctions and it woke up the same way it was before: only 63 registers. Now I use it as my first "fake" HP41C halfnut. Yes, I rebuilt it in a fulnut HP41C's original case.
I only give up when I "see" no way out and there is no one else to show me another alternative. Before getting acquainted with the MoHPC "environment" I had three HP41 disassembled and out-of-order. I was able to bring two of them back to life. The third one I'm using as an "organ donator". As I have seen in some movies: "Someone must do this job", right?
Best regards. And don't give up... Use a faulty experience to compose a new, successful one.