Re: peeking and poking

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Posted by Ben Yates ( on September 05, 2000 at 06:49:41:

In Reply to: peeking and poking posted by fred on September 01, 2000 at 21:44:46:

: As kids, my friend and I learned we could "peek" and "poke" and make the computer do funny things. It was never the same after that, sometimes giving odd results or freezing at random, ever-more-frequently. We moved on to IBMs in '84, but how can we undo the damage we did with those pokes? Is there a way to reset the machine? Those were some heady days....

The only way to damage a TI I have heard of (through software) is by driving an input current into a CRU bit define as output (or vice versa - one or the other, can't remember which - think its the first).
Pokes and Peeks can't physically harm the machine. Your lockups are more than likely the results of old age, oxidation, and just plain-old dirt.
You speak of Peek and Poke. You must be using a cartridge to do those (EA, Mini Memory, or probably Extended Basic). Clean the cartridge contacts which a swab in alcohol, and use a thin but strong piece of paper on the cartridge port. Make sure all connections are tight, and you shouldn't have any problems...

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